As Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh essentially said going into the bye week, the Ravens are going to do whatever they could to shake up this roster to give their team the best chance to win each and every Sunday.
Well, Baltimore announced that they have signed veteran running back Bernard Scott to fill the void left by Miami Dolphins left tackle Bryant McKinnie on the 53-man roster. Scott will also fill the hole left by Shaun Draughn at the No. 3 running back slot as Draughn was released earlier in the season largely due to his continuing battle with a high ankle sprain.
You had to figure the chances of the Ravens signing a running back were good given that they had not only worked out Scott recently, but Beanie Wells as well. Once it was reported this morning by the Baltimore Sun that Wells had suffered an Achilles injury during his tryout with the Ravens, it seemed all but certain that Baltimore was going to pull the trigger on a guy like Scott.
The former Cincinnati Bengals running back has yet to play a down of football during the 2013 NFL season and has to be pleased to find a home in Baltimore. He played just two games last year for the Bengals and garnered just eight carries for 35 yards on the ground.
For his career, the five-year veteran has 255 carries, for 1,035 rushing yards and four scores. The 29-year-old has also caught 29 passes for 165 yards and has yet to find the end zone receiving. Scott also has the ability to return kicks, as he returned 56 kickoffs in 2010 and took one to the house 96 yards during his rookie campaign in 2009.
The main concern the Ravens have to have with Scott is his durability, considering he hasn’t played a lot of football since 2011. The veteran running back is coming off of a left knee injury that put him out for the rest of the season last October, so it remains to be seen if he is game-ready for the Ravens just yet.
You have to like the move because it puts the roster at full strength and it provides another option in the backfield to spell Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. That being said, his role will probably not escalate too much as the Ravens have a plethora of other issues at hand. However, bringing in a No. 3 running back as an insurance policy should make Ravens fans sleep a little better at night.