After knee injuries sidelined safeties for the season in consecutive weeks, the Ravens are signing safety Bennett Jackson from the New York Jets practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.
In a corresponding move, the team placed safety DeShon Elliott on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Jackson, 28, spent the summer in Ravens training camp, but with the position loaded with depth at the time, he was released during roster cuts.
Despite being drafted in the sixth round in 2014, Jackson has never appeared in a regular-season game, as multiple knee injuries have set back his career.
Since the beginning of the month, the Ravens have placed three safeties on injured reserve: Elliott, Tony Jefferson, who suffered a torn ACL, and special teams ace Brynden Trawick, who is dealing with an elbow injury.
With the team’s depth at safety diminished, Jackson could see an immediate chance to contribute on defense. Third-year safety Chuck Clark started for Jefferson in Sunday’s 23-17 win over the Bengals, and Elliott received extensive defensive snaps before leaving the game late with a knee injury. Anthony Levine Sr. also had an increase in snaps.
Jackson makes history
Quarterback Lamar Jackson has been nominated for the Week 6 FedEx Ground Player of the Week Award, the first time a quarterback has been nominated in its 17-year history.
Jackson rushed for a career-high 152 yards on 19 carries in Sunday’s win and became the first player in the modern era to pass for 200 yards and rush for 150 yards in a regular-season game.
The second-year quarterback was named FedEx Air Player of the Week for his season-opening performance against the Miami Dolphins, throwing a career-high five touchdowns and registering a perfect passer rating.
Jackson also was named Week 1 AFC Offensive Player of Week for his showing.
Ravens sign DB Rice to practice squad
The Ravens signed defensive back Denzel Rice to the practice squad and released defensive back A.J. Howard in a corresponding move, the team announced Tuesday.
Rice, 26, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He has spent time with five teams and appeared in 12 games last season, primarily contributing on special teams.