The Ravens had to make way for their 53 man roster, and tough choices were made. Here are the five best players who were left off the team:
5. Gus Edwards
Edwards looked really impressive in the preseason. He led the Ravens this preseason in rushing attempts and rushing yards. With 53 carries he ran for 174 yards. He also caught three passes for 34 yards. While his yards per attempt weren’t overly impressive, Edwards dealt with a struggling offensive line for most of his touches. Edwards is a big back with a thick build and he was hoping to be an old school hammer for the Ravens offense.
Kenneth Dixon spent the first portion of preseason play dealing with injuries and that gave Edwards a chance. Unfortunately for Edwards, he never was slated to make the team. The Ravens needed players like him and De’Lance Turner to get through the exhibition games. One thing is clear the Ravens rested their running backs this preseason. Alex Collins and Buck Allen got almost no work in the games that don’t count.
Edwards is a perfect candidate for the practice squad. He’s an easy player to root for, and he’s fun to watch. Hopefully, Edwards will get onto an NFL roster eventually, even if it’s not in Baltimore. His combination of size, quickness and downwhill running is worthy of work in the NFL. The Ravens had their running back group locked up so Edwards never had a real chance.