Linebacker James "very excited" to join Ravens

Linebacker James "very excited" to join Ravens
September 2, 2013, 9:00 am
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The Ravens have added former Falcons linebacker Robert James to the 53-man roster after claiming the fourth-year linebacker on waivers.

James, 29, was a fifth-round draft pick of the Falcons in 2008 out of Arizona State. He had 11 tackles last season and has played primarily special teams in his career. He did not play in the Falcons preseason game against the Ravens.

The 5-foot-11, 224-pound linebacker was among the Falcons last cuts on Saturday.

James takes the roster spot of wide receiver LaQuan Williams, who was waived on Sunday.

"I think I'm pretty much here for special teams," James said, "but I'm willing to accept any role they need me to do."

James said it was an emotional roller coaster to be cut one day, and the next day to be on his way to joining the Super Bowl champions.

James said "it was very exciting" when he got the call that he had been claimed off waivers by the Ravens. "I was very excited, coming into a good organization.

"I was actually getting a massage and my agent called me," he continued, "and I ran downstairs and I'm telling all my family, 'Hey, I'm on my way to Baltimore!' "

The Ravens are still expected to make at least one more roster move before Thursday night's season opener at Denver. Tight end Dennis Pitta is expected to go on the injured reserve-designated to return list before the season opener.

In other roster news involving former Ravens, wide receiver David Reed made the Colts' 53-man roster. He was traded by the Ravens to the Colts for running back Delone Carter, who did not make the Ravens final roster. Bobby Rainey, the running back thought to be a candidate for the Ravens No. 3 running back job, was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns. Former Ravens offensive lineman Antoine McClain, who was among the team's final cuts, was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders. And former Ravens receiver Tommy Streeter was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad.