The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford to their practice squad. Langford was released by the Bears on September 3rd.
The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford to their practice squad, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter. Langford was released by the Bears on September 3rd.
Langford played in 12 games for the Bears last season, starting the first three games of the season before he was eventually supplanted by rookie Jordan Howard. Langford ended the year with 62 carries for 200 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Howard went on to end the year with 252 carries for 1,313 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.
Langford, 25, was drafted by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, coming out of Michigan State University. Entering training camp, he was third on the Bears’ depth chart behind starter Matt Forte, and backup Jacquizz Rodgers.
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In Week 8 of the 2015 season, Forte left the Bears’ game against the Minnesota Vikings early with a knee injury, and Langford went on to carry the ball 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. He earned his first career start the week after, carrying the ball 20 times for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Langford only started two total games in 2015 before Forte came back, but he amassed 537 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 148 carries that year, averaging 3.6 yards per carry.
After being supplanted by Jordan Howard, Langford spent the rest of the 2016 season as the number two running back in the Bears offense. In this past year’s NFL Draft, the Bears selected running back Tarik Cohen in the fourth round and made him the direct backup to Howard, eventually deciding to release Langford.
Currently, the Baltimore Ravens have Terrance West slated as their starting running back, with Danny Woodhead in a receiving back role and Javorius Allen directly backing up West. The Baltimore Ravens released running back Lorenzo Taliaferro on September 1st, so adding Langford to the practice squad is likely a depth move in case West, Woodhead, or Allen end up getting hurt.
Langford is still just 25 years old and has shown flashes of talent as a starter in the past, so this seems to be a solid depth move for the Baltimore Ravens. In the instance that Allen or West is hurt, Langford would be a more-than-capable fill in.