Ravens fans have a long history of rooting for the underdog.
We can’t help it, it’s in our blood. Perhaps it’s the blue collar history of Baltimore or the fact that we feel slighted by the good folks in the national media who only focus on the negatives involving our team.
Whatever the case may be, there are occasions such as roster cut down day when this becomes a bit too excessive regarding the release of certain players. It happens every year, no one likes to see the organization part ways with a player fearing the decision may come back to haunt the team for years to come, I get it.
Back away from the ledge.
One such player who was discussed in this manner following his release on Saturday was running back Fitzgerald Toussaint.
After Fitz’s performance in the preseason finale against the Saints on Thursday night, fans took to the message boards and social media clamoring for him to make the final 53-man roster. In fact Toussaint even drew comparisons to former running back Bobby Rainey who was released by the team and turned in a solid half of season for Tampa Bay in 2013.
Entering Thursday’s game he had just 4 carries for 20 yards. While his 103 yards rushing against New Orleans was a team high, the release of Toussaint certainly shouldn’t have surprised anyone.
By no means is this a knock on the ability of Toussaint. It’s just reality for a player who was brought in as an undrafted rookie free agent and remained buried on the depth chart the entire summer. Perhaps the performance was enough to warrant a spot on the practice squad if he clears waivers (which he eventually did) but if not, no big deal.
While the fourth preseason game has its positives when it comes to deciding the fate on one or two bubble players, it also has its negatives. Perhaps it gives too many of us false hope even if the performance stood out among an opposing team’s third string players. The coaching staff is keenly aware of how the roster is going to shape up long before the coin is flipped in the final game of the preseason.
The team will make their final preparations as they head into week one of the season with Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett in the backfield with Kyle Juszczyk paving the way, much as they did throughout training camp and the preseason.
While we all like the underdogs when the games don’t necessarily count, sit back, relax and let the front office determine these moves.
After all they are certainly more qualified than any of us.
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