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Ravens cut roster to 53

Well the cutshave been made. The training camp roster of 90 was cut to 75, and now 75 hasbeen cut to the Final 53. Except it isn't likely to be the Final 53. The Ravensreached their 53-man roster Friday by 9 p.m., as mandated by the league, bymaking 22 roster moves on Friday. They released 15 players, terminated thecontract of one and sent six to injured reserve. There were nohuge surprises on Cut-down Friday. The biggest news among Ravens cuts actuallyoccurred earlier in the week, when kicker Billy Cundiff was let go in favor ofJustin Tucker.The Ravens' final 53-man roster -- for now -- includes 24 offensive players, 26 defensive players and three specialists. Let's take aquick look at how the roster breaks down:QBs (2) -- JoeFlacco, Tyrod TaylorThe skinny: TheRavens stick with two quarterbacks and cut Curtis Painter. But expect to see Tayloron the field more this season in some capacity.RBs (4) -- VontaLeach, Bernard Pierce, Bobby Rainey, Ray RiceThe skinny:Pierce got a late start but wins the job as Rice's primary backup, and Raineyis an upset winner of the No. 3 running back job over Anthony Allen (cut) andDamien Berry (injured reserve).TEs (3) -- BillyBajema, Ed Dickson, Dennis PittaThe skinny:Bajema took the most advantage of the training camp injuries to Dickson andPitta, working as the No. 1 tight end for the past month and winning the No. 3tight end job.OL (9) -- C Matt Birk, CG Gino Gradkowski, TRamon Harewood, T Bryant McKinnie, T Michael Oher, GT Kelechi Osemele, GT Jah Reid, G Marshal YandaThe skinny: Theonly mild surprise here is the Ravens opted to keep just two centers; reportssurfaced Friday that veteran CG Tony Wragge had made the team, but they provederroneous. There have been a lot of moving parts in this line all camp; thelineup for the opener still might not be known.WR (6) -- AnquanBoldin, Tandon Doss, Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith, Deonte Thompson, LaQuanWilliams The skinny:Undrafted Thompson beats the odds and grabs the final receiver spot, making a fast group evenfaster.DL (7) -- NTTerence Cody, DT Bryan Hall, DE Arthur Jones, NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu, DT HalotiNgata, DE Pernell McPhee, DE DeAngelo TysonThe skinny: The only questions were whether Hall, apractice squad player a year ago, or Tyson, the Ravens seventh-round pick thisspring, would make the team. They both did, perhaps using strong play againstthe Rams to seal the deal.LB (8) -- BrendonAyanbadejo, Dannell Ellerbe, Sergio Kindle, Paul Kruger, Ray Lewis, JameelMcClain, Albert McClellan, Courtney UpshawThe skinny: TheRavens stay loyal to Kindle, a former second-round draft pick who has donelittle as of yet. But with Terrell Suggs out, and Upshaw (shoulder) banged up,depth is a major issue.
DB (11) -- CB ChykieBrown, S Sean Considine, DB Danny Gorrer,CB Corey Graham, CB Asa Jackson,S Bernard Pollard, S Ed Reed, CB Jimmy Smith, S Christian Thompson, CB Lardarius Webb, CB CaryWilliams.The skinny: Brownand Gorrer land on the roster thanks mainly to special teams play, butpreseason Mr. Turnover Omar Brown does not survive the cut. Specialists (3)-- LS Morgan Cox, P Sam Koch, K Justin TuckerThe skinny: Tucker's emergence, and his beating outincumbent Billy Cundiff, was among the top stories of camp.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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