The Ravens have until 6 p.m. Saturday to get their roster down to the regular season-mandated 53, and they got a jump on that today with 12 moves today.
Baltimore announced it has waived running backs Anthony Allen and Delone Carter, offensive linemen Jordan Devey, Rogers Gaines and Reggie Stephens, linebackers Nigel Carr and Brandon Copeland, cornerback Marc Anthony, quarterback Dayne Crist and tight end Alex Silvestro. The Ravens also released veteran quarterback Caleb Hanie.
The team made one other move, placing linebacker D.J. Bryant on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury he suffered in last night’s game.
That leaves the Ravens with 63 men on the roster, meaning there are 10 more cuts to make by tomorrow evening. Placing tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot) on injured reserve should be two of those moves.
Cornerback Asa Jackson’s suspension also will open another spot.
While some of the biggest decisions still remain - which receivers will stay and go, will the team keep A.Q. Shipley if he’s not the starting center, and others - today’s moves answered some questions.
With Allen and Carter gone, it appears that Bobby Rainey has made the team as the third running back. Carter had just been acquired from the Colts for David Reed.
Also, the Ravens seem to have decided to go with just two quarterbacks again since Hanie was let go.
Waiving Anthony, a 2013 seventh-round pick, was somewhat surprising since the team has been resistant to cut players they draft the same year it has selected them. Anthony, however, didn’t stand out this preseason and the Ravens could seek a better option from players cut by other teams.