Oct 12, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins (98) sacks Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tom Savage (7) during the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens Cut Five Players As Final Roster Takes Shape

After whittling down to 75 players from 90 just days ago, the Baltimore Ravens cut five players Friday. The Ravens have to trim an additional 17 players from the roster to arrive at 53 in preparation of the regular season, which begins next week.  The deadline for all NFL teams is 4 pm on Saturday.

Roster cut time is always difficult for teams and players, and John Harbaugh admitted that the team had some tough decisions to make following Thursday night’s high effort performance against the New Orleans Saints in the preseason finale by several players on the bubble.

Here are the players who received a pink slip on Friday.

  • Nathan Overbay, tight end
  • D.J. Roberts, outside linebacker
  • Levi Brown, defensive tackle
  • Derrick Hopkins, defensive tackle
  • Reggie Stephens, center

All five players were long shots for a roster spot as they were competing at positions that the Ravens currently enjoy a good amount of depth.  Roberts, Hopkins, and Brown are all undrafted free agents who signed with the team this spring and are eligible to be signed to the practice squad if they clear waivers.

Overbay and Stephens have bounced around other team’s practice squads in previous years, and have used up all their eligibility.

The Ravens are now at 70 players on the active roster, but Ray Rice and Will Hill are headed for the suspension list, and Terrence Cody could be placed on PUP if the team decides he isn’t healthy yet.

We should find out pretty early on Saturday who else will be cut, but there are bound to be at least a couple of difficult decisions that may go down to the wire.  Among the hard choices the Ravens must make are what wide receivers to keep, none of whom really created much separation Thursday night against the Saints (pun intended).

 

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