The Ravens on Thursday signed long snapper Nick Moore, the first XFL player to join the franchise since the league restarted this year.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Moore last played for the Tampa Bay Vipers under head coach and general manager Marc Trestman, the former Ravens offensive coordinator. The XFL suspended operations in early March because of growing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Moore signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia but was waived in late August. He appeared in 23 games over his Bulldogs career, including 14 as a senior in 2018. He also spent four seasons in the Boston Red Sox’s minor league system after being drafted in the 30th round as a high school senior.
Morgan Cox remains the Ravens’ top long snapper, but the team typically brings in players to help ease the load during training camp and the preseason. Undrafted free agent Authentic Matthew Orzech Jersey made the Jaguars’ season-opening roster last season after a strong training camp in Baltimore and appeared in all 16 games for Jacksonville.
Matt Overton was the Jaguars’ long snapper for 20 games covering two seasons, after playing 90 consecutive games in five seasons for Indianapolis.
He appeared to have a good rapport with punter Logan Cooke and kicker Josh Lambo, and no one can remember a bad snap on a punt or kick that mattered to the outcome.
So why did the Jags cut him and sign Matt Orzech, a rookie from Azusa Pacific who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens?
Apparently, it all came down to what Jaguars coach Doug Marrone, general manager Dave Caldwell and executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin saw of Orzech during joint practices between the Jags and the Ravens during the first week of August, and the preseason game between the two teams.
And it wasn’t that Overton did anything wrong. The Jags’ front office apparently felt Orzech was better.
“With Matt [Orzech], we were in Baltimore … we felt good … we liked him,” Marrone said earlier this week. “We thought he could come in and help, thought he could help us from a protection standpoint. We made a decision to go with him.”