In addition to the flurry of roster moves reported Thursday night, the Ravens have signed former Chargers and Arizona State wide receiver Mike Willie after he auditioned with the team at this week's minicamp.
Willie (6-2, 220) joined the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of Arizona State and spent most of that season on the Chargers practice squad; he did not play last season. Willie began his collegiate career at Cerritos (Calif.) Community College, then played two seasons at Arizona State. He totaled 72 receptions for 897 yards and nine touchdowns with the Sun Devils.
The addition of Willie adds to the wide receiver competition that already figured to be intense. Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown should all be locks to make the team, leaving Willie, Deonte Thompson, Michael Campanaro, Jeremy Butler, LaQuan Williams and a few others competing for just a couple of roster spots. Receiver Aaron Mellette was released earlier this week.
To make room for Willie and the other four additions to the roster -- cornerbacks Aaron Ross and Dominique Franks and linebackers Nick DiMarco and Austin Spitler -- the Ravens cut defensive backs Avery Patterson and Dexter Moody and linebacker Xavius Boyd. All were undrafted rookie free agents.
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