The results are in and we now know the Baltimore Ravens roster that will enter the 2015 NFL season.
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The Ravens reached the 53-man roster limit just minutes before the 4 p.m. deadline today. There were no real shockers on this group, except for a trade that came out of the blue. John Harbaugh announced earlier today that the team traded undrafted rookie center Nick Easton to the San Fransisco 49ers for a draft pick, which got the roster down to 69 players.
The next name to be floating around was wide receiver Jeremy Butler, who was released after posting 10 receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown during the preseason. The second-year player came on strong during minicamps and organized team activities, but it did not carry over into training camp and the exhibition games.
Asa Jackson‘s release is not much of a surprise. He’s fumbled on punt returns in back-to-back games and doesn’t offer much as a cornerback. Some where clamoring for Bryn Renner to be the backup behind Joe Flacco over Matt Schaub, but the Ravens gave the veteran $2 million guaranteed so there was little chance of that happening.
Just before the 4 p.m deadline, the Ravens released the final cuts to reach the 53-man roster:
It remains to be seen if this is the 53 that actually enter the season. The team could look outside the organization for players that have been released around the league. It seems almost certain that they will need to find a returner somewhere. The Ravens were reportedly interested in Fred Jackson following the injury to Lorenzo Taliferro, but he has now signed with the Seattle Seahawks. That means a running back is likely on the radar as well with Magee and Touissant on their way out.
What is next for the Baltimore Ravens is to get back into the routine of playing football (just about) every Sunday. The first half of the schedule looks daunting with several West Coast trips, including next Sunday’s opener against the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning and company are never an easy opponent and Ravens fans remember the beat down the last time they started a season at Mile High Stadium.
College football kicked off this week and the NFL is around the corner. The games count now. Follow along for the ride all season long.
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