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Ravens start building practice squad by re-signing WR Adeboyejo, FB Ortiz, planning to add RB Collins

The Ravens began stocking their 10-man practice squad Sunday afternoon, bringing back players who were part of their final roster cuts a day earlier, and planning to bring in running back Alex Collins.

The team announced that it had re-signed fullback Ricky Ortiz, wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo, tight end Ryan Malleck, offensive talent Maurquice Shakir, outside linebacker Boseko Lokombo and cornerback Reggie Porter.

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Guard-center Matt Skura, who started all four preseason games for the Ravens, is also expected to join the practice squad if he's not added to the 53-man roster. He looked like a lock to make the 53-man roster before the late trade acquisitions of interior offensive linemen Tony Bergstrom and Luke Bowanko.

After losing running back Taquan Mizzell on a waiver claim by the Chicago Bears, the Ravens are planning on signing 2016 fifth-round running back Collins, who was cut Saturday by the Seattle Seahawks.

Collins was initially planning to sign with the New York Jets practice squad, but he changed his mind because he felt the Ravens represented a better opportunity. The Ravens have only three backs — Terrance West (Towson University, Northwestern High), Danny Woodhead and Buck Allen — on their active roster, so Collins could get an opportunity relatively soon.

Collins, who played at Arkansas, spent the preseason with the Seahawks, for whom he played 11 games last season. He rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries, and caught 11 passes for 84 yards.

When Skura and Collins become official, the Ravens will have two more open spots on their practice squad.

Ortiz, who played at Oregon State, had three carries for 8 yards and four catches for 21 yards in the preseason, but the Ravens chose not to keep a fullback on their 53-man roster.

An undrafted rookie out of Mississippi, Adeboyejo had a strong start to training camp, but his progress was slowed by a knee injury. He finished preseason with three catches for 31 yards.

Malleck had one catch for 10 yards this preseason. The former Virginia Tech player provides depth at a position where the Ravens have struggled to keep guys healthy.

Shakir, an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee State, started the team's preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints at right tackle.

After playing in the Canadian Football League, Lokombo signed with the Ravens early in the offseason. He finished the preseason with five tackles and showed pass-rushing skills, but the Ravens were too deep at outside linebacker for Lokombo to make the regular-season roster.

He struggled in the last preseason game against the Saints, but Porter opened eyes this summer after being a late addition to the undrafted free agent class. The rookie out of Utah had six tackles.

The Ravens didn't make moves Sunday to immediately address their 53-man roster. That's expected to change in the coming days when they put cornerback Maurice Canady, who had knee surgery earlier in training camp, on injured reserve. By waiting until after Sunday at 4 p.m. to make that move, Canady would be eligible to return after he misses at least the first six weeks of the season.

Wide receiver Chris Matthews, who was cut Saturday, is one of the candidates to fill Canady's spot. The Ravens likes what he brings to special teams.

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