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Quick analysis of Ravens initial 53-man roster after cuts

Quick analysis of Ravens initial 53-man roster after cuts

OWINGS MILLS – After the surprising cut of running back Justin Forsett, here is the Ravens’ initial 53-man roster after Saturday’s moves:

OFFENSE (22)

QUARTERBACKS (2) – Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett

Comment: As expected, Ravens keep just two, and Mallett beats out Josh Johnson.

RUNNING BACKS (4) – Terrance West, Buck Allen, Kenneth Dixon, Kyle Juszczyk (FB)

Comment: Letting go of Forsett leaves West as No. 1 back heading into Week 1. But don't be surprised if Forsett returns at some point.

WIDE RECEIVERS (5) – Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, Chris Moore

Comment: Jeremy Butler is cut after superb preseason, while Michael Campanaro heads to IR.

TIGHT ENDS (3) – Crockett Gillmore, Dennis Pitta, Maxx Williams

Comment: Losing Ben Watson hurts, but Darren Waller will help after four-game suspension.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8) – Ronnie Stanley, John Urschel, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, Rick Wagner, Alex Lewis, Ryan Jensen, James Hurst

Comment: Decision to keep Hurst is a surprise. Will Urschel or Lewis start at left guard?

MORE RAVENS: WHAT TO MAKE OF FORSETT'S RELEASE

DEFENSE (28)

DEFENSIVE LINE (7) - Brandon Williams, Lawrence Guy, Timmy Jernigan, Brent Urban, Carl Davis, Michael Pierce, Willie Henry

Comment: Pierce earned spot, as John Harbaugh keeps streak of keeping at least one undrafted rookie.

LINEBACKERS (9) - Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Zach  Orr, Elvis Dumervil, Albert McClellan,  Za’Darius Smith, Matt Judon, Kamalei Correa, Chris Carter.

Comment: Carter can rush the passer and plays special teams, which makes him valuable.

CORNERBACKS (7) – Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Will Davis, Jerraud Powers, Tavon Young, Sheldon Price, Maurice Canady

Comment: Once you get past Smith, this group still has plenty to prove.

SAFETIES (5) – Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, Kendrick Lewis, Anthony Levine, Matt Elam

Comment: Thought Terrence Brooks would stay. Weddle and Webb need to stay healthy.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Justin Tucker (K), Sam Koch (P), Morgan Cox (LS)

Comment: This trio is probably the best in the NFL.

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

If you want to sign Dez Bryant in 2018, it will have to be on a one-year deal.

The 29 year-old wide receiver turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of finding a one-year deal that enables him to test the open market again in 2019, Ed Werder of The Doomsday Podcast first reported.

Bryant - who finished 2017 with 69 receptions, 838 yards and six touchdowns -  is predicating a bounce back season in 2018 with hopes of a big money, long-term contract in 2019.

The offer was similar to that of Michael Crabtree's three-year, $21 million deal, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The Ravens had to offer Bryant a multi-year deal in order to fit his number under the salary cap.

Since turning down their offer, the Ravens signed former Saints WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million contract. 

Bryant will now have to wait until after the 2018 NFL Draft to work out a deal with an organization, if one is still searching for a wide receiver going in to the tail end of his career. 

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.

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