Bills sign Deonte Thompson off Ravens practice squad


The Bills are making a change at wide receiver for the final three weeks of the regular season.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the team has signed Deonte Thompson off of the Ravens practice squad. There hasn’t been a corresponding move announced, but Mike Williams was inactive with a calf injury and hasn’t been playing when healthy so he could be headed off the active roster now that the Bills would have eight wideouts among their 53 players.

The Ravens thought enough of Thompson to pay him more than twice the normal rate for practice squad players and he played 13 games with them  in 2011 and 2012, but there wasn’t any room for him this season. Thompson has flashed a lot of speed during his appearances with the Ravens, but his 15 NFL catches have resulted in just 147 yards.

Thompson also has some experience as a kick returner, so there are a couple of places where the Bills might take a look at him before 2014 draws to a close.

18 responses to “Bills sign Deonte Thompson off Ravens practice squad

  1. Even more speed now at the WR position. When will the Bills find the O-Coordinator that has a clue what to do with it???

  2. Oh look… An uneducated Ravens fan completely oblivious to just how valuable Jacoby Jones is to the Ravens. All because of some kid who did relatively nothing in some preseason game against bottom of the barrel talent.

  3. watermelon, are you related to Jacoby or something? He’s average at best. Thompson has better hands with a bigger upside.

  4. Hey Crown, Jacoby LEADS THE NFL IN PUNT RETURN YARDS this season. He may not be the best receiver, but he is the BEST returner in the game right now.

  5. WR first, KR/PR second. Unless you have Hester in his prime, it’s dumb to burn a WR spot for a few more ypa in the return game.

  6. Watermelon and guitarkevin: Do you actually watch the Ravens? Jacoby has been silent for a long time this season. It’s been the narrative that he would return every kick 8 yards deep in the end zone and wouldn’t make it to the 20. He put our offense in a bad position and he had problems with muffing the ball and it put us at the 15 when he lost focus on the last drive of the San Diego game. He has ONE td this year that came little to late in a blowout to the Steelers. I want a new returner in Baltimore, one that isn’t specifically a return specialist. One with production at the WR position. He has regressed this year and can’t be trusted as a punt returner at times. And who is in on kickoffs anyway? The back ups… so Deonte returning kicks/punts well in the preseason would translate to the real game pretty well. He is way more polished as a receiver with the ability to run routes and catches with his hands. I really liked Deonte Thompson and I hope he gets a chance to be a burner with the Bills. He can really compliment Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods.

  7. Really wanted to see Deonte on the field. Been on the roster for a few seasons. Maybe a player that needs time to groom. He looked better this pre-season as a WR and KR/PR and a few snaps he got in game time. Ravens still have Butler (UDFA) on the practice squad. He looks promising. Just like Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown are looking good (UDFA). And other teams spend high picks and money on some of these WR Divas. And Jacoby had some nice catches in the Dolphins game. I’m not giving up on him just yet.

  8. crownofthehelmet says:
    Dec 8, 2014 4:17 PM

    It’ll take him a while to get used to a normal throwing trajectory….
    That’s right. There aren’t many if any QB’s in the league that can throw bullets and tight spiral bombs like Joe. Ben is big and has a cannon, but he can’t throw bullets like Joe. And the Bills can’t seem to draft one. Ravens are built like the Steelers. Except I don’t think Forsett is the answer. Ravens need to draft a RB. But the Ravens do have a better defense. Even without CB’s. Chykie Brown is gone.

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