The Baltimore Ravens are expected to sign wide receiver Griff Whalen to help their injured receiving corps. Whalen was cut by the team at the beginning of the season.
The Baltimore Ravens are expected to sign wide receiver Griff Whalen, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport on Twitter. Whalen played with the Ravens during the preseason but was cut by the team at the beginning of the regular season.
The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver corps is banged up to say the least. Jeremy Maclin is dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out of the team’s Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears, Mike Wallace is dealing with back injury, and Breshad Perriman has been diagnosed with a concussion.
Both Maclin and Wallace were limited participants in practice on Wednesday and Perriman didn’t practice. If all three of them were ruled out for the team’s Week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings, that would leave just Michael Campanaro (who is, himself, injury prone), Chris Matthews, and Chris Moore.
Likely most Baltimore Ravens fans are already familiar with Campanaro, especially after his awesome punt-return touchdown last week that led to a game-tying two-point conversion, but if you look at Chris Matthews and Chris Moore and say “I’m sorry, who?” it’s ok. Campanaro, Matthews, and Moore have combined for a total of 15 catches for 129 yards and zero touchdowns this year.
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Enter Griff Whalen, a 27-year-old who’s been around the league a bit already. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford University in 2012 by the Indianapolis Colts, joining his college teammates Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener.
After spending three seasons with the Colts, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins and cut before the start of the 2016 regular season. He was then signed by the San Diego Chargers and cut in November of the 2016 season before being picked up by the New England Patriots who ultimately cut him in December.
This past offseason the Baltimore Ravens signed Whalen and eventually decided to cut him before the regular season began.
Statistically, Whalen’s best season of his career so far has been his rookie year. It’s the only season where he started any games, starting three and playing in just nine, and he made the most of it, ending the year with 24 catches for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
Unfortunately though, if Griff Whalen is known for anything in his NFL career so far, it’s for being the guy who snapped the ball in one of the strangest and worst plays in NFL history.
He wasn’t supposed to snap the ball on that play, it was just an attempt to get the Patriots offsides or to get them with 12 men on the field, but for some reason, he snapped it, and it looked absurd.
That shouldn’t detract from Whalen’s talent though, as he’s a more-than-capable wide receiver and kick returner and should be a solid addition to a Baltimore Ravens receiving corps that could use all the help it can get.