OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens had a surprise reunion for their struggling and struggling passing offense on Tuesday.
The Ravens claimed wide receiver Sammy Watkins off waivers on Tuesday, the team announced. Baltimore brings back Watkins in hopes that he will improve the NFL’s sixth-worst passing attack and help an offense that has not scored a touchdown in its last seven quarters.
Baltimore returns Watkins as the passing game turns, and another injury hit the wide receiver group Tuesday. Devin DuVernay, who has started 13 games this season, limped off the field during Tuesday’s practice and was placed on injured reserve, the team said. DuVernay could barely put weight on his right leg after the injury.
With DuVernay out and Rashod Bateman (foot) out for the season, the Ravens were left with DeMarcus Robinson, DeSean Jackson and James Prosch II before taking Watkins. Ravens wide receivers rank last in the NFL in receiving yards (1,328) and haven’t had a touchdown since Week 3 (Sept. 25).
Watkins, 29, was waived by the Green Bay Packers on Monday after failing to catch a snap in his last three games. He signed a one-year, $1.85 million deal with Green Bay this season and had 13 catches for 206 yards and no touchdowns in nine games.
His return was unexpected as he finished with career lows in receptions (27) and receiving yards (394) in his one season in Baltimore last year. At the end of last season, Watkins was near the bottom of the depth chart, a far cry for the No. 4 pick in the 2014 draft.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (knee) missed his seventh straight practice on Tuesday, meaning backup Tyler Huntley could make his third start of the season Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons.