Ravens Promote Drew From P-Squad

O-lineman Bryan Mattison was waived to make room for tight end Davon Drew.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens officially promoted tight end Davon Drew from the practice squad to the active roster, adding depth at a position that has missed Todd Heap in recent weeks.

But Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said the roster move had more to do with holding onto a promising player than Heap’s hamstring injury.

“We got our hand forced a little bit because at this time of year people are coming after our practice squad players, and a couple of guys have decided to stay anyway,” Harbaugh said Monday. “We made, basically, a roster decision that we think is best for our team long-term.”

Heap suffered a hamstring injury on Dec. 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and hasn’t played since.

While Harbaugh said Head Trainer Bill Tessendorf is “fairly optimistic” Heap will suit up this weekend, rookie Ed Dickson started Baltimore’s last two games, catching his first NFL touchdown Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Fellow rookie Dennis Pitta has also seen more action.

Drew, who began his career at East Carolina as a quarterback, had a one-week stint on the Miami Dolphins’ developmental team at the beginning of the 2009 campaign, but he spent the majority of the season on the Ravens’ practice squad.

“He’s come a long way,” Harbaugh said of Drew. “If you go all the way back, he was a guy that was a college quarterback for a couple of years and they moved him to tight end at East Carolina. I think he was behind the curve in the nuances of the position.

[Ravens Tight Ends Coach] Wade Harman has done a great job with him. He’s also had a chance to work with Al [Saunders, Offensive Assistant], to a large extent, especially in the passing game.

“We think he can be a physical blocker at some point in time. We also think he’s got some pass receiving skills.”

Last year, the Ravens drafted the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder in the fifth round.

Offensive lineman Bryan Mattison was waived to make room for Drew on the 53-man list.

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