In order to keep Drew, Ravens matched Bucs’ offer

Davon Drew was in an interesting position recently.

He had received an offer from the Buccaneers to join their active roster, which would have been a promotion and a pay bump for the Ravens’ practice squad tight end.

Drew went to the Ravens and told them that he would have to take the Bucs’ offer unless the Ravens were able to match it and make him a part of their 53-man roster.

That’s exactly what the Ravens did.

They bumped Drew up to the active roster Monday, marking the first time that the fifth-round pick in 2009 has been a part of a 53-man squad.

“It was one of those things where if they don’t match it, I’m going to leave and go to the other team because it’s best for my family,” Drew said. “But they wanted me here, so I stay on the roster. It’s a great experience.”

A former quarterback at East Carolina, Drew transitioned to tight end mid-way through his college career, and has spent the last two years as a pro adjusting to the tight end position. He says he feels like he’s made good progress in that adjustment, and has come a long way.

“It was still kind of new to me, but as of right now, I feel like that’s what I’ve been doing my whole career,” Drew said. “It’s just one of those things where you come in every day and try to get better at the position.

“My biggest thing was I had to learn how to practice with professionals. It was very difficult when I first got here. I could barely get through practice because on practice squad, they really work you. It tends to pay off for you. It paid off for me, practicing every day and getting better.”

As the fourth tight end on the Ravens’ roster, Drew is unlikely to get much playing time. If he does see action on gameday, he expects to get his reps mostly on special teams.

Asked if he thinks he’ll be active this Sunday against the Browns, Drew said: “I doubt it. But I’m just going to keep my eyes open and be ready for whatever comes.”

In other news, offensive lineman Bryan Mattison, who was waived to make room for Drew on the active roster, has been re-signed to the practice squad.

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