Newcomer Ravens RB Tyler Buddy is back from what he started: “It was me there”

Standing Friday on the Ravens indoor training field, Tyler Buddy smiled when he remembered where he started.

“Down the street,” he recalled at a minimum for beginners. “It was me there.”

The peak of the sixth round spent most of his childhood in Randallstown. He was in love with the Crows. He went to a football camp at Randallstown High School hosted by Ed Reed, even getting an autograph from the Security Hall of Fame.

But Buddy’s first games were with Owings Mills Wolfpack in the Northwest Regional Park, just a short walk from the Ravens facility. He remembered seeing legendary linebacker Ray Lewis there, who cared for his daughter when she played for the young Wolfpack team. (Naturally, she played a linebacker.)

However, to return to the Baltimore area as a Crow – to have at least some chance of joining the NFL – Buddy had to leave home. He attended the School of Friends from sixth to 10th grades after local private and public football schools denied him or ignored him. His favorite sport was lacrosse; Loyola Maryland and Maryland were recruiting him and he was staring at the then-star Duke Miles Jones, one of the midfielders.

“I was going to play lacrosse in college if I stayed because [with] 15 people on the football team [at Friends]people are not eager to make such offers, ”Buddy said.

When his mother was offered a job in Memphis, Tennessee, Buddy saw a different path. He spent his early years in New Orleans before moving Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He knew how serious the region was about football. When Buddy’s mother asked him if he wanted to leave Maryland, he replied yes. His early days strengthened his determination.

“I never see anything negative,” he said. “Everything happens with life. I use this as a positive. [Relocating after Hurricane Katrina] taught me a lot about adversity and cruelty. I use this on the field. Many times people come not from where I come from, see what I see. So many times, it’s just another matter to just add to your strips. Just use it as a motivation to keep going. ”

In Memphis, Buddy became a rookie in Division I, running nearly 1,200 yards as a senior. After his hometown of Tigers declined to play for Missouri, he managed to fall behind Larry Rowntree III, now a reserve of the Los Angeles Chargers, before breaking out last year. He set a school record for one season – 1604 yards and added 54 catches for 330 yards, which was the result of those first days on the lacrosse field.

“After all, when you play on the run, you don’t sign up to just get the ball,” he said. “You sign up to run the ball, you sign up to block, a lot. So in my last year I just wanted to prove it to everyone. The most important thing is durability. “Will it be available? He is not 200 pounds; can he stand it? ‘ My biggest thing was just to come out and just show that I can play against the best of the best. So that’s what I did. “

Undeclared free agents are signed

Ravens announced it had signed 17 newcomers without a draft on Friday, including six broad receivers: Slade Bolden of Alabama, Shemar Bridges of Fort Valley, Trevan Clark of California, Macau Regiment of Mississippi, Raleigh Weib and Delo Vielo of Rome. from Oregon.

Also in the attacks were Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown, North Carolina state backback Ricky Pearson and South Dakota offensive fight Aaron Johnson.

In defense, “Crows” signed Stephen F. Austin in defense. Reyshad Nichols, Auburn inside linebacker Zakaby McClain, Michigan inside lineup Josh Ross, Texas San Antonio outside linebacker Chuck Wiley, Florida outside linebacker Jeremiah Moon, Newbury cornerstone security guard David Verit.

Extra points

  • Third-round pick Travis Jones has a solid body for 325-pound defensive gear, and the Connecticut product said it is modeling its game after devastating home defenders such as Akim Hicks and Fletcher Cox of the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones is hoping to earn his third hit this season, which means proving himself against quarterback Lamar Jackson in practice. “It’s going to be fun,” he said. “I know he’s fast. I will try to kill him a couple of times. “
  • Fourth-round pick Jalin Armor-Davis said he was “grateful” for the hardships he faced early in his career in Alabama when injuries limited his influence. Last season he distinguished himself in his only year as a starting defender. “It was good,” he said. “It was solid, but it’s nowhere near the surface. I know and believe – I think everyone here believes, and so they took a risk with me that my best football is definitely ahead. “
  • Cornerback Damarion “Pepe” Williams got into the NFL in part because of his versatility; during his career in Houston he lined up in free security, strong security, frontier coalback, field kunerback, nickel and penny. As for how the choice of the fourth round got such a nickname? “Pepe” originated when I was young. I had two Spanish godmothers, [and] they were twins. So, one of them called me Pepe, and my brother – Dad. ”


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