Ravens: 4 most surprising roster moves on cut day

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2. The Ravens cutting Nigel Warrior

We thought the Ravens might keep Nigel Warrior just for his name. How cool of a last name is that?

Yet Baltimore’s defensive backfield was too crowded this preseason, and it’s really an unfortunate outcome that Warrior has to leave the team.

The Tennessee first-team All-SEC safety signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in April of 2020, and he landed on the practice squad that year as one of the players Baltimore wanted to continue developing.

This year, we figured out just how deep the Ravens’ secondary was based on the fact that they traded Shaun Wade to the Patriots.

With the likes of Geno Stone, A’Darius Washington, and Chris Westry all fighting for roster spots, the competition may have come down to Warrior missing practice time and the first preseason game due to injury.

When Warrior did play, though, he impressed. In a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, Warrior led the team with four solo tackles and added a sweet pass deflection, too.

Returning from injury as a starter may be tough, but returning from injury as a bubble player needing to prove your worth to the team? Warrior faced possibly the tallest uphill battle of any training camp member this preseason, and in the end, it was too much for him to climb.

We thought Baltimore may keep him for his size and versatility, but with Baltimore’s secondary chockful of talent, someone had to go. We just didn’t know who.

Warrior could get claimed off waivers after performing so well over the summer. If not, he’s likely destined for a trip back to the practice squad.