The Ravens officially welcomed undrafted rookies Bobby Rainey and Deonte Thompson to the fold, held on to Sergio Kindle and opted not to hold on on to quarterback Curtis Painter when setting their 53-man roster Saturday night.
There were no real shocking moves made, with the decision to go with just two quarterbacks for the second straight year perhaps the closest thing to a surprise.
Painter had a fine preseason, but the Ravens clearly decided a third quarterback was a luxury, and freed up the roster spot for someone else.
Another tough decision had to be parting with undrafted safety Omar Brown, who made multiple big plays throughout the four exhibition games.
Rainey and Thompson look like they could be playmakers on offense and special teams, although how much of an opportunity they get remains to be seen.
Kindle wasn’t a sure thing to make the team even though he was a 2010 second-round pick. But his upside remains tantalizing and the Ravens continue to keep him in the flock.
Here’s the Ravens’ complete list of cuts and injured reserve assignments as they slimmed their roster from 75 to 53.
RB Anthony Allen
S Omar Brown
LB Josh Bynes
LB Nigel Carr
G/T Jack Cornell
WR Dorian Graham
G/T Cord Howard
NT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste
NT Ishmaa’ily Kitchen
G Antoine McClain
DE Terrence Moore
QB Curtis Painter
WR Logan Payne
S Cyhl Quarles
OLB Chavis Williams
G Tony Wragge
TE Matt Balasavage (ankle)
RB Damien Berry (neck/shoulder)
G/C Justin Boren (foot)
LB Ricky Brown (head)
TE Bruce Figgins (shoulder)
WR Tommy Streeter (foot)
The injured reserve situation is a little different, as it no longer means that a player is definitely lost for the rest of the season. New rules passed this week enable teams to designate an IR player that can come back later in the season if healthy.
The trade deadline was also pushed back two weeks until after the eighth game. Coach John Harbaugh is in favor of the changes.
“I am all for it,” he told reporters earlier today. “Those are definitely good decisions and good rules. When they came out and we talked about it, I saw no reason not to do it. The more opportunity you have to get players who are healthy and can play on the field, it’s good for everybody - it’s good for the game, good for the fans, good for the players.”