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Examining the roster ties between Patriots, Ravens ahead of Week 10

Running down the list of ex-Patriots and ex-Ravens set to revisit.

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A list of former New England Patriots and former Baltimore Ravens will revisit Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

And the list is more so a rolodex as the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff nears.

Five players once in New England’s fold are now in Baltimore’s. Seven players once in Baltimore’s fold are now in New England’s.

Here’s a flip through the rosters, practice squads and reserve lists in search of familiarity.


DeAndrew White, wide receiver – Placed on injured reserve ahead of the NFL’s 53-man roster deadline, White had signed with Baltimore in the midst of training camp. The Alabama product originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2015, and joined the New England practice squad in September 2016. There, White remained up through Super Bowl LI. He would be re-signed by the Patriots the following May and waived in June. The Ravens mark the 29-year-old wideout’s fourth organization since then. White has appeared in 16 career games, catching seven passes for 93 yards on offense and 375 combined return yards on special teams.

Xavier Grimble, tight end – Grimble, who became a member of the Baltimore practice squad in September, stopped by New England’s back in November 2014. The undrafted tight end out of USC would be released two days after signing. Grimble has made tours with the San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and Ravens over the seasons since then. The 28-year-old stands with 47 career appearances, all while a Steeler, to go with 23 receptions for 239 yards and three touchdowns. Grimble has started NFL seven games.

L.J. Fort, linebacker – Fort signed with the Patriots as the second week of training camp got under way in 2015. And for two weeks and one preseason game, the linebacker from Northern Iowa remained. Fort went on to accrue four seasons in Pittsburgh before joining the Philadelphia Eagles for the initial month of 2019. A Raven he became in the days after his Eagles release, and a two-year contract extension followed. Fort, 30, has started 14 of his 19 games with Baltimore. His tenure features 28 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown.

Nate Brooks, cornerback – Brooks, who signed to the Baltimore practice squad on Tuesday, resided on the New England practice squad for the opening three months of 2019. The undrafted rookie via North Texas departed in December for a spot on the Miami Dolphins’ active roster. And from there, Brooks tallied 11 tackles through three contests to close the season on the other side of the AFC East. The 24-year-old defensive back would reach an injury settlement with Miami to begin this season.

Jordan Richards, safety – The Stanford captain arrived in New England at pick No. 64 overall in the 2015 draft. Richards proceeded to play in 44 games across a pair of tours with the organization. The Patriots had traded Richards to the Atlanta Falcons for a conditional 2020 seventh-round selection, and the safety later returned after an offseason stop with the Raiders of Oakland. Richards was released by New England in the fall of 2019 and joined the Ravens hours later. He has been a member of both Baltimore’s practice squad and active roster dating back to then, tallying north of 300 snaps on special teams as well as a fumble recovery for his first NFL TD.


Jermaine Eluemunor, offensive tackle – The Patriots placed Eluemunor on injured reserve midway through October after the right tackle suffered an ankle injury 12 downs into his fourth start of the season. Eluemunor has since been designated to return and may soon revisit the Ravens, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2017 draft. Eluemunor checked into 17 games while part of the Baltimore offensive line, starting three, before being traded to New England in a swap of 2020 fourth- and sixth-rounders last August. The 25-year-old was tendered as a restricted free agent prior to the new league year opening in March.

Lawrence Guy, defensive tackle – A place on the Patriots’ All-Decade roster belongs to Guy, who came over from the Ravens on a four-year deal in 2017. Prior to then, the defensive tackle had appeared in 43 games with Baltimore while notching 91 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Guy started 17 along the way. He has since started 53 for New England. A total of 200 tackles and six sacks have been netted. One interception, one forced fumble and a trio of fumble recoveries also. Guy, 30, first entered the league as the final pick in the 2011 Green Bay Packers draft class.

Carl Davis, defensive tackle – The Iowa Hawkeye headed to Baltimore at pick No. 90 overall in the 2015 draft. The stay would stretch 28 games and a dozen starts. To begin the 2018 campaign, the Ravens waived Davis after 30 tackles and a half-sack. Davis has since spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars. And in October, the 28-year-old was signed by New England off the Jacksonville scout team. Davis made his Patriots debut on Monday night with a dozen downs at nose tackle.

John Simon, linebacker – The Ravens selected Simon in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year out of Ohio State took the field for seven contests before departing from the practice squad for the Houston Texans in 2014. Simon reconvened with former Buckeyes assistant coach Mike Vrabel in the process, and he totaled 10 sacks and north of 100 tackles while a Texan. Simon then had a stint with the Colts before agreeing to terms with the Patriots in September 2018. The 30-year-old has started 22 games for New England. He has gathered 90 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a forced fumble over that span.

Brandon Copeland, linebacker – The Patriots moved Copeland to injured reserve in October following a season-ending pectoral injury. The 29-year-old linebacker had started four games and played 80 percent of the snaps in the kicking game this fall. Copeland broke into the league with the Ravens as a rookie free agent in 2013. The Ivy-Leaguer by way of Penn was waived prior to the start of his rookie regular season and joined the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad the following month. Copeland would later become a Detroit Lion and New York Jet.

Justin Bethel, cornerback – The three-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro on special teams was subject to the compensatory formula last October. And in what Ravens head coach John Harbaugh described as a “a funky rule,” the organization released Bethel to preserve the rights to a fourth-round selection in 2020. Bethel’s two-year contract with the Ravens came to an end after seven games and 160 snaps at gunner. The 30-year-old by way of Presbyterian went on to recover a fumble against Baltimore after signing with New England last season. Bethel has recovered two through 17 games as a Patriot, and is tied with captain Mathew Slater for the team lead in snaps on special teams this season.

Terrence Brooks, safety – Baltimore called Brooks in the third round of the 2014 draft. The Florida State Seminole would be waived after two years and claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Brooks played in 23 games for the organization that drafted him to register 27 tackles and one fumble recovery. He signed with the Patriots as free agency opened last offseason. His time in New England includes 23 appearances, 43 tackles and an interception. Brooks, now 28, has been on the field for approximately 40 percent of the work on defense as well as special teams thus far in 2020. He’s started in back-to-back weeks.