One trade may have been the final push for former Kentucky cornerback Chris Westry to make the Baltimore Ravens final roster.
The Ravens made a trade earlier Thursday that sent rookie cornerback Shaun Wade to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2022 seventh-round pick and a 2023 fifth-round pick. As a result, a spot has been cleared for Westry to make the final 53-man roster.
“Should clear the way for Chris Westry to make the roster,” said Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun.
It was a move that came after the former Wildcat emerged as “the surprise” of camp thus far for the Ravens.
“Wade’s departure certainly bodes well for Chris Westry’s roster chances,” The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec reported Thursday. “The former Cowboy was signed on a Reserve/Future Deal in January and he’s been the surprise of Ravens’ camp.”
“6-4 (sophomore) Chris Westry’s a real darkhorse,” NFL reporter Albert Breer added.
“Biggest winner for the Ravens in the Shaun Wade deal is probably CB Chris Westry, though I had him on the 53-man roster anyway,” Ravens beat writer Bo Smolka also wrote. “Deal should all but solidify that.”
The standout corner never missed a game in his four-year career at Kentucky, seeing action in all 51 games with 34 starts. He totaled 134 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 15 PBUs, three INTs, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one QBH in that span.
Now, it appears Westry will be seeing the field this season for the Ravens. Well done.