One of the biggest surprises - scratch that, the biggest surprise - among the 53 players kept by the Ravens after their final roster cuts this weekend was rookie defensive end Michael McAdoo.
Turns out, McAdoo might not be on the 53-man roster all that long.
Head coach John Harbaugh said that for now, the team might only carry McAdoo on their active roster for a week before trying to pass him through waivers.
"It's just a future move for the future of the team," Harbaugh said. "It's the way Ozzie (Newsome, general manager) structured the agreement with the agent. He's here for a week and then we'll go from there. He's a practice squad guy, in my mind."
A UNC product, McAdoo went unpicked in the supplemental draft, and joined the Ravens just a week and a half prior to final cuts. As if that wasn't a big enough hurdle to overcome, McAdoo hadn't played football since 2009, as he was declared ineligible by the NCAA prior to the 2010 season.
It appears likely that the Ravens will waive McAdoo sometime following Sunday's game to make room for wide receiver David Reed on the 53-man roster. Reed has been suspended this week for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, but will be activated once his suspension is complete.
If McAdoo is cut, he will need to pass through waivers before the Ravens would be able to add him to their practice squad. It would be tough for the Ravens to carry a developmental guy like McAdoo on their roster all year, but a team which doesn't have realistic playoff aspirations might be able to stash the lanky defensive end on their 53-man squad.
While his time on the Ravens' 53-man roster might be short, McAdoo says he's still enjoying the ride.
"I'm excited," McAdoo said. "Especially to be out for a whole year and then be able to come out and show up here and make an NFL team, I mean, that's still exciting. I'm still giving thanks to God and all the coaches to even give me a shot."