The Ravens have until 4:00PM on Monday to trim their roster
from 90 players down to 75. Given the preseason format, the starters are
expected to play very little, if at all, in the final “fake” game on Friday in
Picking the first 15 players to be cut is harder than it
seems because some guys who should be cut are afforded the opportunity to stay
around because of lack of depth at a certain position without the starters
Here’s an example: TE Bruce Figgins has rarely been used as
a tight end; he’s mostly a camp body at fullback. He’ll make it down to final
cuts because the Ravens aren’t expected to use FB Vonta Leach that much next
week versus the Rams.
Let’s take a look at who will probably be turning in their
iPad playbooks before Monday’s deadline:
K – Billy Cundiff:
All indications are Cundiff is done in Baltimore. He was visibly frustrated
after being benched against the Jaguars and said he’ll “take his services
LS – Patrick Scales:
Regardless of which kicker is let go, there isn’t any need for an additional
long snapper on the team. The long snapper’s timing with whoever the kicker is
will be is key and the Ravens will be planning to work any kinks out with
Morgan Cox before week one.
RB – Anthony Allen:
The emergence of Bobby Rainey is going to cause someone to lose their job and
that player seems to be Allen. Throughout the preseason, Allen has been a
liability picking up the blitz and hasn’t done much when touching the ball. He
had six carries for seven total yards and only one catch out of the backfield
for 12 yards.
QB – Chester Stewart:
After barely being able to hold onto a starting job at Temple, Stewart was
nothing more than an additional training camp arm. Stewart only attempted one
pass during the preseason, which was intercepted. The positive experience
Stewart can take home with him was that he at least beat out former Florida
starting quarterback, John Brantley, in total time on the Ravens roster.
WR – Devin Goda:
Missed a lot of training camp with an injury. Even though he looked like a
decent player in minicamp and the beginning of training camp, he never
registered a catch during the preseason.
WR – Dorian Graham:
Graham has three catches for 21 yards in the Ravens’ first three preseason
games. He has dropped many passes during practice and is on the bottom tier of
the WR depth chart.
WR – Patrick Williams:
Williams missed a few weeks of camp with an injury and only has one catch for
seven yards this preseason.
OL – Addison Lawrence:
Lawrence has been on some of the lowest offensive line units and didn’t see any
playing time against Jacksonville.
NT – Ishmaa’ily
Kitchen: Kitchen has been low on the defensive line depth chart and barely
saw any playing time against Jacksonville. He totaled one tackle against the
Lions last week, which was his only registered stat this preseason.
LB – Stevie Baggs:
A late addition to the Ravens roster, the man they called “Shakespeare” in
college for making so many plays hasn’t done so on the professional level.
LB – Darryl
Blackstock: Missed many practices with an injury and only recently
returned. Hasn’t recorded a tackle this preseason.
S – Cyhl Quarles:
With Omar Brown always being around the ball, his name is the one being floated
around for the practice squad, not Quarles’.
CB – Jordan Mabin:
The Ravens are too deep at cornerback to even consider Mabin as a viable
option. Wide receivers have made many plays on him in practice as well.
S – Emanuel Cook:
Suffered a broken leg during a kickoff against the Jaguars, will be put on
DT – Ryan McBean:
McBean had plenty of promise heading into this season but a broken ankle
suffered against the Falcons will likely land him on injured reserve as well.
The Ravens will make an additional 22 cuts after Monday’s
deadline, as they must be to their final 53-man roster by September 4th. Many younger players that survive
Monday’s cut will be eligible for the practice squad as each NFL team may keep
eight additional players.
(To be eligible for the practice squad, a player must have less
than one full year of NFL service, and a player cannot be on the practice squad
for more than three seasons – Davon Drew is ineligible due to the latter