When the Ravens announced their final roster cuts Saturday, my first thought was it certainly didn’t pay to play well in the preseason finale.
Well … whoops.
None made it, and neither did either candidate for the No. 3 tight end job, veteran
Did you predict any of that? Or that the team would keep seven wide receivers but not Tandon Doss?
I suppose we should have expected such surprising developments, seeing as the unofficial motto of the Ravens’ entire offseason has been “Wait, they did what?” Everyone knew some changes were coming after they won the Super Bowl, but few expected the overhaul to include the departures of Anquan Boldin, Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed and the additions of
In other words, it’s been an unpredictable offseason, so why shouldn’t the final cuts be unpredictable, too?
Like a lot of people, I thought Rainey had showed enough to make it. He breaks tackles, catches the ball, runs back kicks, makes things happen and looks like a guy who could pile up yardage on Sundays if given a chance.
But of course, with
So it goes. Don’t be surprised if Rainey lands on the Ravens’ practice squad if he clears waivers; I’m guessing they would love to keep him around in case Rice or Pierce gets hurt. I’m guessing they would also like to keep Furstenburg, who showed promise, on the practice squad.
Also don’t be surprised if Bajema ends up on the 53-man squad at some point, when the Ravens decide they need another tight end. Such changes occur so routinely that it’s really a misnomer to call Saturday’s survivors the “final” roster. The reality is the roster will continue to change throughout the season, depending on the Ravens’ needs from time to time. Today’s roster is about as final as a midday stock market report.
Of the headline-making moves, probably the least surprising is Doss’ departure. The former fourth-round pick had good hands and polish as a route runner, but he never made the explosive plays that rookies
It’s only a surprise because the Ravens kept seven receivers, way more than usual, and he wasn’t one. But they kept
In my mind, Trawick, LaQuan Williams, safety
But a year ago, the Ravens cut Anthony Allen and kept Rainey at this deadline, then brought Allen back and cut Rainey a week later. There could be similar changes almost immediately this year because another roster spot likely will open up if the Ravens put
In other words, today’s deadline notwithstanding, the situation remains fluid. Stay tuned.