A couple of quick things I notice in looking at the Ravens’ 53 man roster:
-Half of the Ravens draft picks (including LB Jason Phillips going to IR) didn’t make the cut. It appears as though Davon Drew was the last player to be cut, as he was initially on the roster before the news came that the Ravens had acquired OL Tony Moll in the Derrick Martin deal with the Packers. Cedric Peerman fell behind FOUR other running backs (Rice, McGahee, Parmele, Lawrence) and couldn’t get past them. Phillips appeared to be healthy, but certainly there was only so much you could take from his performance due to the fact that he was coming off a knee injury. This buys him a year to get 100%, and he’ll have another crack next year. Only Dannell Ellerbe makes the team amongst the UFA guys, which is surprising given his own knee injury. He seemed like a prime candidate to go to IR. The Ravens will presumably try to get a number of their rookies back on the practice squad.
-Prescott Burgess and Antwan Barnes BOTH made the team, meaning the Ravens will have no shortage of LB’s. In an ever evolving defense now under Greg Mattison, having veteran guys around can’t hurt.
-By not keeping Jayson Foster (or Justin Harper), the team certainly remains thin at WR. We will continue to monitor cuts from other teams to see if another Wide Receiver (David Tyree’s name has been thrown about PLENTY today) comes up who may be of interest to the team.
-This team is DEEP on the defensive line with Kelly Talavou and Brandon McKinney. This should be a serious area of strength.
-Edgar Jones’ versatility likely kept him on the positive side of the 53.
-Matt Lawrence COULD be asked to take snaps in a fullback-like position. This team really liked him, and decided not to let the numbers game dictate letting him go.
-It was Steve Hauschka’s job to win, and he won it. Now it’s his job to hold on to.
-Stop with the confusion about Frank Walker. He’s the team’s #3 corner, and he isn’t HALF as bad as he’s looked in the preseason. He will have plenty of time to gameplan, watch film, and adjust to the receivers he faces in the regular season. He should be fine. If he isn’t, they’ll address that then. But judging him during pickup football games isn’t fair.
-Tony Moll gives the team a 4th offensive tackle who can also move inside if necessary. Tre Stallings, Stefan Rodgers, and Joe Reitz all had the chance to win the same job but couldn’t.
-A lot of teams aren’t keeping 3rd quarterbacks, but the Ravens need to. With Troy Smith expected to be used as a wide receiver and in gadget play situations, the team needs to have another quarterback available on the roster.
6:23 Update: The Eagles are holding on to SEVEN wide receivers, including Jason Avant, Brandon Gibson, Reggie Brown, and Hank Baskett. There was much speculation that John Harbaugh could look to his friends in Philadelphia for receiver help-but if that’s the case, Ozzie Newsome would have to deal for it.
5:18pm-CHANGES COMING EVERY MINUTE: The Ravens’ media relations staff has UPDATED their roster to include the acquisition of OL Tony Moll from the Packers in the Derrick Martin trade. Davon Drew has been let go.
Here’s the new, updated release from the Ravens:
For Immediate Release
RAVENS ROSTER MOVES
The Ravens waived the following veteran players:
Yamon Figurs WR/RS 5-11 185 Kansas State 3rd year
Jayson Foster WR 5-7 185 Georgia Southern 1st year
Justin Harper WR 6-3 215 Virginia Tech 2nd year
Bryan Mattison G 6-3 295 Iowa 2nd year
Evan Oglesby CB 5-11 182 North Alabama 4th year
Joe Reitz T 6-7 305 Western Michigan 2nd year
Stefan Rodgers T 6-5 317 Lambuth 3rd year
Isaac Smolko TE 6-5 258 Penn State 2nd year
Tre Stallings G 6-3 305 Mississippi 2nd year
Ernie Wheelwright WR 6-5 217 Minnesota 1st year
The Ravens waived the following rookie players:
Nader Abdallah DT 6-5 297 Ohio State
Jason Cook FB 6-0 245 Mississippi
Davon Drew TE 6-4 255 East Carolina
Tony Fein LB 6-2 245 Mississippi
Robby Felix C 6-3 295 UTEP
Graham Gano K 6-1 200 Florida State
K.J. Gerard S 6-1 192 Northern Arizona
Cedric Peerman RB 5-9 210 Virginia
Eron Riley WR 6-3 205 Duke
William VanDeSteeg OLB 6-4 256 Minnesota
The Ravens waived (injury settlement) the following player:
Will Johnson (shoulder) DT 6-5 285 Michigan Rookie
The Ravens placed the following player on Injured Reserve:
Jason Phillips (knee) ILB 6-1 244 TCU Rookie
The Ravens also traded fourth-year DB Derrick Martin to Green Bay in exchange for four-year veteran G/T Tony Moll.
A 6-5, 311-pounder out of Nevada, Moll has played in 39 games during his first three NFL seasons, including 18 starts. Of those starts, 11 have come at right guard and seven at right tackle. He started the opening three games of 2008 at right guard and started two more late in the season at right tackle. Moll, who was selected by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2006 draft, played in all 16 games as a rookie, making 10 starts that season. His last name is pronounced MAHL.
5:00pm-Here is the official release-courtesy of Mike Duffy at BaltimoreRavens.com. I will be back shortly to provide analysis.
The Ravens finally cut down to their 53-man roster by the NFL-mandated 6 p.m. deadline on Saturday, Sept. 5.
And it looks like Steve Hauschka is going to be the kicker for the 2009 campaign.
In addition, defensive tackle Nadir Abdallah; fullback Jason Cook; wideouts Justin Harper, Yamon Figurs, Jayson Foster, Ernie Wheelwirght and Eron Riley; safety K.J. Gerard; kicker Graham Gano; center Robby Felix; linebacker Tony Fein; tight end Isaac Smolko; cornerback Evan Oglesby; offensive tackles Stefan Rodgers and Tre Stallings; and linebacker William Van DeSteeg were all waived.
The Ravens also placed linebacker Jason Phillips on Injured Reserve with a knee injury and reached an injury settlement with defensive tackle Will Johnson because of a shoulder injury.
That means the Ravens are finally down to the team they will bring into the 2009 campaign with the opened scheduled for Sept. 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Below is the list of Ravens who made the final 53-man roster: