Ravens Could Be Taking A Risk Holding Onto Only Two Running Backs


Aug 29, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talks with running back Bobby Rainey (34) before a game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

One of the more surprising aspects of the final roster cuts that were made on Saturday was that the Ravens are only holding onto two running backs.

It looked like Bobby Rainey, who was one of the final cuts on Saturday, was going to be the Ravens third running back after an impressive preseason.

Despite being cut on Saturday, Rainey still has a chance to make the teams practice squad. However, there is always that chance that a team was fond of his contributions in the preseason and picks him up while he is on waivers. If that doesn’t happen and he does clear waivers, then the Ravens have the option of placing him on their practice squad, which seems to be a likely scenario.

It’s hard to believe that Rainey would even stay on the Ravens practice squad for too long since the Ravens only two running backs on the roster are Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

Rice and Pierce are both very good running backs, but the reps between the two alone would be a bit too much over the course of the season. Injuries can also be a concern, too.

In other words, there is no way the Ravens ride the season with only two running backs. You can expect either Rainey or another running back to be the third back behind Rice and Pierce sooner rather than later.