Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Thought a few of you might be interested in this news item: The subject of last week's mailbag, placekicker Steven Hauschka, was claimed on waivers Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens. For now, Hauschka is a member of the Ravens' 53-man roster -- presumably as a kickoff specialist for veteran Matt Stover.
Hauschka made the most of a unique opportunity afforded by the Minnesota Vikings this summer. While incumbent Ryan Longwell limited his kicks to preserve leg strength, Hauschka worked two full preseason games and converted all four of his field goal attempts. Three of them came Aug. 16 at Baltimore.
Hauschka never had a chance to beat out Longwell, but we figured he had done enough to merit a look from another team. The Ravens must have liked what they saw. It's not entirely clear what role they have planned for Hauschka, but for now he has a job in the NFL.