The Ravens made eight cuts Saturday to meet the NFL’s deadline for setting their 53-man roster.
Baltimore cut safety Omar Brown, wideout Tandon Doss, tight end Matt Furstenburg, defensive tackle Cody Larsen, guard Antoine McClain, running back Bobby Rainey, tackle J.J. ‘Unga and veteran tight end Billy Bajema.
Cornerback Asa Jackson and safety Christian Thompson automatically shifted to the reserved/suspended list.
Perhaps the biggest surprises among the cuts were Rainey and Brown, who both have been standouts for the Ravens each of the last two preseasons. Waiving Rainey leaves Baltimore with just two tailbacks on the roster - Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce - which is interesting considering the injury risks of the position.
The Ravens also kept just two tight ends in Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson.
The biggest roster question entering the day was at wide receiver, and for now, the Ravens are carrying seven on the roster. Rookies Marlon Brown and Aaron Mellette both made the final cut, as did LaQuan Williams and Deonte Thompson. Doss was likely tough to part with, but he has been surpassed by the rest of the receiver group. Williams (hamstring) and Thompson (foot) are both dealing with injuries.
Baltimore is also also carrying just four cornerbacks on the roster, and that could be addressed in the coming days.
Rookie safety Brynden Trawick, who performed well on special teams this preseason, made the squad along with defensive end DeAngelo Tyson and safety Anthony Levine.
It is important to note that the team could make changes leading up to Thursday’s opener in Denver and the roster is not necessarily finalized.