Baltimore Ravens add another running back to their rotation at the start of their training camp processes.
Early Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens announced they signed former Wisconsin Badger running back Corey Clement to their roster after both Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins were added to the PUP list. This signing serves as a depth move despite the Baltimore Ravens already possessing Tyler Badie, Nate McCreary, Justice Hill, and Mike Davis. And according to ESPN, undrafted rookie free agent Ricky Person has also left training camp despite reporting for duty.
Clement was a 2017 undrafted free agent signee to the Philadelphia Eagles who was quietly one of the more important cogs in their Super Bowl-winning team. He was part of a three-back rotation that included the likes of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount. Clement was also an integral part of the now legendary play the Philly Special, taking the snap and handing it the ball off to Trey Burton during the backfield motion.
After spending the next three seasons with Philadelphia, in 2021 Clement would find his way onto the New York Giants roster but was cut that same August. He would then go on to finish the rest of this past season with Dallas Cowboys where he saw minimal playing time behind Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.
Currently, Clement has amassed 795 career rushing yards averaging 4.1 yards per carry with seven touchdowns on the ground. Additionally, Clement has 369 yards as a pass catcher with three scores to match and has even seen time as special teams ace, having well over 700 return yards throughout his NFL career. Clement has proven he can be a factor at all three levels of the game despite not commanding the bulk of the touches on offense.
This signing shouldn’t signal that Clement will become an integral part of the offense, in fact, this is likely a depth addition given the Baltimore Ravens’ injuries at running back. Edwards and Dobbins will be the lead backs when happy with Badie as the potential pass-catching back going forward. McCreary was a nice find by Baltimore, however, he doesn’t appear to have much staying power at this point. Additionally, it seems unlikely that Hill stays on through the season given some of the Baltimore Ravens additions.
Davis like Clement is a proven veteran who could be used to spell Dobbins and Edwards as part of a deep rotation. That said, Baltimore Ravens inside Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic indicates that Davis is on the bubble for a roster spot, especially if both Dobbins and Edwards are healthy going into week one of the NFL season.
As such, even if Clement outperforms the younger players during pre-season and in training camp, it may be a long shot for him to make the final 53-man roster. Even so, the Baltimore Ravens tend to keep anywhere from three-four running backs on their roster when heading into the season with at least one extra rusher on their practice squad.
New Ravens running back Corey Clement pic.twitter.com/cstwTAxOxG — Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34) July 26, 2022
Clement has always been a solid professional and the tweet above shows off his ability in the passing game. The Baltimore Ravens occasionally like to get their running backs in the passing game, giving Lamar Jackson a safety blanket underneath. Clement has soft hands and has always been a better-than-average athlete who has plenty of juice to win with his feet in the open field.
He’s got a surprising amount of contact balance which allows him to stay upright through contact and make the most of his opportunities. These are some of the attributes that made him a 1,300-yard running back during his final year at Wisconsin. Although Baltimore Ravens fans should likely temper their expectations, Clement is a more than solid player who adds plenty of quality depth to this team.