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Patrick Onwuasor (born August 22, 1992), nicknamed "Peanut", is an American football linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Portland State and signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Patrick Onwuasor
No. 48 – Baltimore Ravens
Personal information
Born: (1992-08-22) August 22, 1992 (age 26)
Inglewood, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Inglewood (CA)
College:Portland State
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:170
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at


Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
213 lb
(97 kg)
32 38 in
(0.82 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
4.62 s 1.69 s 2.63 s 4.60 s 7.51 s 36 12 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
24 reps
All values from NFL Combine[1]


On May 6, 2016, the Baltimore Ravens signed Onwuasor to a three-year $1.62 million contract as an undrafted free agent.[2][3] Onwuasor competed for a roster spot as a backup inside linebacker and special teams player against Zach Orr, Brennen Beyer, and Kavell Conner.[4][5] He began to draw the ire of teammates for his aggressive play and was involved with multiple altercations during training camp.[6] On September 3, 2016, the Baltimore Ravens waived Onwuasor as part of their final roster cuts, but re-signed him to their practice squad the next day.[7][8] On October 15, 2016, the Baltimore Ravens promoted Onwuasor to their active roster after C.J. Mosley sustained a thigh injury.[9] Upon being added to the active roster, head coach John Harbaugh named Onwuasor the fifth inside linebacker on the Ravens’ depth chart. He was listed behind C.J. Mosley, Zach Orr, Albert McClellan, and Kamalei Correa.[10]

On October 16, 2016, Onwuasor made his professional regular season debut and recorded one solo tackle as the Ravens lost 27–23 at the New York Giants in Week 6. On January 1, 2017, Onwuasor earned his first career start after Zach Orr was placed on injured reserve due to a neck injury he sustained the previous week.[11] He finished the Ravens’ 27–10 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals with a season-high seven combined tackles.[12] Onwuasor completed his rookie season in 2016 with 21 combined tackles (nine solo) in 11 games and one start.[13]


Onwuasor entered training camp in 2017 as a backup linebacker. He began competing against Kamalei Correa for a job as a starting inside linebacker after it was left vacant due to the sudden retirement of Zach Orr.[14][15] Onwuasor performed well throughout the preseason and solidified himself as a candidate to win the starting inside linebacker role.[16] Head coach John Harbaugh named Onwuasor a backup inside linebacker, behind C.J. Mosley and Kamalei Correa, to begin the regular season.[17]

On September 17, 2017, Onwuasor recorded two combined tackles and made his first career sack as the Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 24–10 in Week 2. Onwuasor sacked Browns’ quarterback DeShone Kizer for a one-yard loss in the third quarter.[18] In Week 3, Onwuasor earned his first career start in place of Kamalei Correa and recorded seven combined tackles as the Ravens lost 44–7 at the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Week 5, Onwuasor got the job as a starting inside linebacker after surpassing Kamalei Correa on the depth chart and retained the role for the remainder of the season.[19] On November 19, 2017, he collected a season-high ten combined tackles (eight solo) during a 23–0 win at the Green Bay Packers in Week 11.[20] Onwuasor finished the 2017 NFL season with 90 combined tackles (67 solo), two pass deflections, and one sack in 16 games and 13 starts.[13]


On January 1, 2018, the Baltimore Ravens announced the retirement of defensive coordinator Dean Pees.[21] On January 9, 2018, the Baltimore Ravens announced their decision to promote linebackers coach Don Martindale to defensive coordinator.[22]

On March 14, 2018, the Baltimore Ravens signed Onwuasor to a one-year, $630,000 contract.[3] Onwuasor entered training camp slated as a starting inside linebacker, but received competition from Albert McClellan, Bam Bradley, and Kamalei Correa.[23] Head coach John Harbaugh named Onwuasor a starting inside linebacker to begin the regular season. He began the season alongside outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Matt Judon and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley.[24]

On September 23, 2018, Onwuasor recorded three combined tackles, broke up a pass, and made his first career interception during a 27-14 win against the Denver Broncos in Week 3. Onwuasor intercepted a pass by Broncos’ quarterback Case Keenum, that was originally intended for tight end Jeff Heuerman, and returned it for an 89-yard touchdown before it was called back for a penalty in the fourth quarter. The touchdown was called back due to an illegal block above the waist by Matt Judon.[25] In Week 16, Onwuasor recorded nine combined tackles, two sacks, and forced a fumble on tight end Antonio Gates that was recovered by Tavon Young and returned it for a touchdown in a 22-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[26] He finished the season with 59 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, three passes defensed, and an interception.


On March 8, 2019, the Ravens placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Onwuasor.[27]


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  2. ^ "Ravens Sign 11 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents". April 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b " Patrick Onwuasor contract". Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. ^ " Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart: 08/01/2016". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Brown, Clifton (August 15, 2016). "Predicting the Ravens' final roster on defense and special teams". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Markus, Don (July 30, 2016). "Ravens' Patrick Onwuasor, aka 'Peanut,' is mixing it up". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Downing, Garrett (September 3, 2016). "Ravens Trim 2016 Roster to 53 Players". Archived from the original on September 3, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Downing, Garrett (September 4, 2016). "Ravens Sign 8 Players To Practice Squad". Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Mink, Ryan (October 15, 2016). "Ravens Promote Undrafted Rookie LB Patrick Onwuasor To 53-Man Roster".
  10. ^ " Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart: 12/01/2016". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Benjamin, Daniel (December 30, 2016). "Ravens Week 17 Injury Report: Zach Orr And Rick Wagner Will Miss Finale". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "NFL Player stats: Patrick Onwuasor (2016)". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "NFL Player stats: Patrick Onwuasor (career)". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Lee, Edward (August 27, 2017). "Ravens notes: Kamalei Correa, Patrick Onwuasor get extended looks at inside linebacker". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  15. ^ Mills, Chuck (May 15, 2017). "Ravens back up confidence in Kamalei Correa for ILB role in 2017 NFL draft". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  16. ^ Kim, Andrew (August 30, 2017). "Patrick Onwuasor could be a candidate to start next to C.J. Mosely". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  17. ^ Mazda, Evan (September 5, 2017). "Baltimore Ravens release Week 1 depth chart". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  18. ^ "Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens - September 17th, 2017". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  19. ^ Mills, Chuck (December 27, 2017). "Heading toward the end of his 2nd season, Kamalei Correa looks like a bust". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  20. ^ "NFL Player stats: Patrick Onwuasor (2017)". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  21. ^ "Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees retires". January 1, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  22. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (January 9, 2018). "Ravens hire Don Martindale as defensive coordinator". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  23. ^ Mink, Ryan (July 12, 2018). "The Competition 2018: Inside Linebacker". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  24. ^ Barber, Kyle (September 4, 2018). "Ravens release first depth chart following roster cuts: Lamar Jackson is QB2". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  25. ^ "Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens - September 23rd, 2018". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  26. ^ "Nick Foles, Baker Mayfield among NFL Players of the Week". December 26, 2018.
  27. ^ Alper, Josh (March 8, 2019). "Second-round tender for Patrick Onwuasor". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.

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