Ravens roster cuts bring no surprises, but questions remain


Aug 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Deshazor Everett (22) hits Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson (27) causing him to fumble during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Washington Redskins defeated Baltimore Ravens 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL’s final roster deadline almost always bring its fair share of shocking moves, and this year was no exception.  On the Baltimore Ravens’ front, however, it was a relatively unexciting day that brought no real surprises.

The Ravens made a slew of moves to get their roster down to the requisite number of players before Saturday’s 4pm deadline.  On Friday, they released wide receivers Daniel Brown and Tom Nelson, ILB Andrew Bose, T Blaine Clausell, and CB Quinton Porter.

On Saturday, they released CB Asa Jackson, OL Jah Reid, WR Jeremy Butler, OG Robert Myers, CB Cassius Vaughn, OLB Brennen Beyer, OG Kaleb Johnson, RB Terrence Magee, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, FB Kiero Small, TE Konrad Reuland, QB Bryn Renner, and S Nick Perry.

The Ravens also waived/injured DE DeAngelo Tyson and DT Micajah Reynolds and placed OLB Zach Thompson on injured reserve.  They finished out the weekend by trading C Nick Eason to the 49ers for a conditional 7th round draft pick.

It was somewhat surprising that the Ravens released both Magee and Toussaint, leaving them with only Justin Forsett, an injured Lorenzo Taliaferro, and an unimpressive Buck Allen at running back.  The team is a pretty sure bet to scour the waiver wire for a veteran back to add this week.

Myers is a fifth round draft choice but played very poorly this preseason.  He should land on the practice squad, along with Beyer, Perry, and Renner, who all played quite well.  One of Magee and Touissant might also land there.  The Ravens still have yet to place DE Brent Urban on I.R., so they still have a theoretical spot available.

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The Ravens are rolling the dice a bit carrying only 8 offensive linemen on the roster after keeping 9 last year, especially with all the injuries they are currently facing at the position.  But Reid has had a ton of chances over the years, never capitalizing on the promise he brought as a former third round pick.

The Ravens are also left without a kick returner after releasing Jackson.  There isn’t a player currently on the roster who returned a single kick this preseason, so unless they are counting on Michael Campanaro to stay healthy, don’t be surprised if they add one in the next day or so (Deonte Thompson, anyone?).

With a slew of players hitting the waiver wire this weekend, you can bet that the Ravens are scouring other team’s cuts for potential upgrades.  Just because we call it the final 53, don’t expect them to be finished making moves just yet.

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