The Ravens trimmed their roster to 53 players Saturday by releasing among others: cornerback Asa Jackson, wide receiver Jeremy Butler, and a fifth-round draft pick this year, offensive lineman Robert Myers.
Here are my five takeaways:
1. The Ravens may add a running back before they visit the Broncos in Week 1.
They only have two healthy ones at the moment – Justin Forsett and Buck Allen, with Lorenzo Taliaferro dealing with a knee injury. If Taliaferro misses a few games, expect the Ravens either to sign a veteran running back, or to activate either Terrence Magee or Fitz Toussaint if either makes it to the practice squad.
2. Defensive end Brent Urban is a candidate for injured list – designated to return.
Urban (torn biceps) cannot be placed on IR-designated-to-return until Sunday. Once placed on that list, Urban can return later in the season if he’s ready, and will no longer count against the 53-man roster. That will create room for a running back.
3. Cutting Myers was a mild surprise.
The Ravens rarely cut draft picks as rookies. However, Myers didn’t look good during practices and games, and the Ravens decided to keep just eight offensive linemen – starters Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, and Rick Wagner, and backups John Urschel, James Hurst, and Ryan Jensen. Jah Reid struggled late in the preseason, and it cost him.
4. Being valuable on special teams is important.
Safeties Brynden Trawick and Anthony Levine are solid special teams players, which makes them very valuable despite being behind starters Will Hill and Kendrick Lewis on the depth chart.
5. DE Kapron Lewis-Moore making the team is a cool story.
Lewis Moore missed his rookie season in 2013 with a knee injury, then missed last season with a torn Achilles. Yet, he preserved and locked up a roster spot with strong performances during the preseason. Lewis-Moore had to be smiling Saturday night.