The Baltimore Ravens announced six roster moves on Tuesday as the team was forced to trim their roster to 80 players ahead of next week’s deadline. One of those roster moves wasn’t exactly a positive update regarding running back Gus Edwards.
Edwards was officially placed on the reserve/PUP list meaning that he will be forced to miss at least the first four weeks of the regular season. The expectation has been that Edwards would miss Week 1, but most hoped he would return within the first month of the season.
Now, the earliest that Edwards can suit up to play will be the Ravens’ Week 5 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The hope now is that J.K. Dobbins will be able to play Week 1, a hope that is trending in the right direction.
The Ravens also announced that they have waived wide receivers Jaylon Moore, Slade Bolden, and Bailey Gaither as well as offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith and linebacker Diego Fagot.
The Ravens have one week to finalize their 53-man roster
None of the five releases are all too surprising, although the most notable is probably Moore who was battling for the No. 5 wide receiver job. Moore was actually the first release announced alongside the signing of veteran Demarcus Robinson.
The subsequent releases of Bolden and Gaither leave the Ravens with nine wide receivers remaining on their roster. The likes of Tylan Wallace, Binjimen Victor, Shemar Bridges, Makai Polk, and Raleigh Webb will compete for the final one or two roster spots at the position.
Meanwhile, the release of Jones-Smith doesn’t come as much of a surprise either. He spent time with the Ravens last season, appearing in three games, but was always a long shot to make the team.
The same goes for Fagot who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent. The Ravens aren’t exactly flush with linebacker depth, but the stellar play of fellow undrafted rookie Josh Ross made room for Fagot’s early departure.
The biggest takeaway here is that Edwards will miss the first month of the season. In the meantime, the Ravens will lean on a hopefully healthy J.K. Dobbins, veteran Mike Davis, and the likes of Tyler Badie and Justice Hill.