Whalen figures to provide the Raiders with some added depth at the receiver position. He'll likely also challenge for a kick returning spot, but that's more speculation than anything else at the moment. Whalen appeared in just two games for the Ravens in 2017.
Whalen was released Tuesday by the Ravens.
Whalen played a fairly big role in his Baltimore debut, catching four of six targets for 23 yards in Week 7's loss to the Vikings, but was then absent from the team's blowout victory over the Dolphins. His release likely comes as a result of the Ravens' receiving corps nearing full health, as It has been plagued with injuries all season.
Whalen made his 2017 debut Sunday, catching four of six targets for 23 yards in a 24-16 loss to the Vikings.
Recently signed for depth, Whalen saw plenty of action Sunday with Mike Wallace exiting the game with a concussion and Breshad Perriman (concussion) and Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) sitting due to injury. Whalen played 58 of a possible 65 snaps and was efficient in catching the ball. His four catches for 23 yards in one game are just shy of Perriman's four catches for 26 yards on 18 targets through six games. If Baltimore's receiving corps is still banged up Thursday, Whalen could find himself playing plenty of snaps once again.
Whalen will re-sign with the Ravens on Thursday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Whalen failed to make the Ravens' 53-man roster out of training camp, but with the injury bug hitting Baltimore's receiving corps -- Mike Wallace (back), Jeremy Maclin (concussion) and Breshad Perriman (concussion) all were held out of Wednesday's practice -- there's an obvious need for depth at the position. Even if all three of those players sit out Sunday's game against the Vikings, however, Whalen won't offer much fantasy intrigue in a Ravens offense that has struggled to generate production through the air even in times of better health.
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