Needing a return man and some more depth at wide receiver, the Ravens today promoted Jeremy Ross from the practice squad to their 53-man roster. Ross could be the team’s primary return man Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
To make room for him on the roster, the Ravens waived defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi. Bilukidi, signed to a two-year deal in February, was inactive for the team’s first four games.
Cut by the Detroit Lions in early September before landing with the Ravens, Ross, 27, had been the Lions’ primary return man the previous two seasons. Last year, he averaged 25.4 yards on kickoff returns and 8.9 per punt return. Over his career, which has also included stints with the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers, Ross has averaged 25.2 yards on kickoff returns and 12.3 on punt returns. He has two career returns for touchdowns.
In 2013, he was the league’s only player to score a touchdown by reception, punt return and kickoff return.
The Ravens had a need for a returner after wide receivers Michael Campanaro (River Hill) and Steve Smith Sr. sustained back injuries last week. Campanaro started the season as the primary kick returner and had recently taken over punt return duties from Smith. However, Campanaro is on injured reserve and Smith is doubtful to play against the Browns.
Before the Ross addition, the Ravens had only four healthy receivers on their 53-man roster and one of them, Chris Givens, was just acquired in a trade last week.
Ross has 30 career catches for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Twenty-four of those receptions came last season for the Lions.