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Ravens' 2016 Roster Cutdown Rumor Mill


Running back Justin Forsett wasn't gone for long. The veteran has agreed to re-sign with the Ravens and the move will be official prior to the start of Tuesday's practice, per's Jason La Canfora.

The Ravens are planning to sign quarterback David Fales to the practice squad, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. The 25-year-old quarterback has spent the last two years in Chicago, where he was coached by Ravens Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman. Fales played in two preseason games with the Bears this summer, completing 8-of-18 passes for 99 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

The release of Justin Forsett was the surprise of Saturday's roster moves, but the veteran running back's time in Baltimore might not be over just yet.  According to several reporters, including Zrebiec and Adam Schefter, the Ravens are interested in bringing Forsett back after his release.

Former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds has joined the practice squad, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. The Ravens have high hopes for Reynolds, who is working to make the transition to receiver and return man.  Adding him to the practice squad gives Reynolds time to learn under veteran Devin Hester, who the Ravens reportedly signed Sunday.

Tight end Daniel Brown is remaining in Baltimore on the practice squad, according to Zrebiec. The undrafted pass catcher out of James Madison was on the practice squad for most of last season before getting called up to the active roster at the end of the year. Brown could also be a logical candidate to come up the 53-man squad if any of the tight ends deal with more injury issues.

Offensive tackle Blaine Clausell will stay in Baltimore on the practice squad, according to his agent Brett Tessler. Clausell garnered interest from some other teams, Tessler tweeted, before  deciding to remain with the Ravens.

Former Michigan linebacker Brennen Beyer is also headed to the practice squad, Zrebiec reported. Beyer, who went undrafted last year, also spent last season on Baltimore's practice squad.

Wide receiver Jeremy Butler has decided to join Tampa Bay's practice squad rather than coming back to the Ravens' practice squad. Butler has been in Baltimore since 2014, but has never made the initial 53-man roster and the Ravens cut him again after an impressive training camp and preseason.

Undrafted rookie outside linebacker Victor Ochi is headed to New York to join the Jets practice squad, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Ochi was often speculated as a candidate to make the 53-man roster, but he went unclaimed on waivers. The Ravens reportedly tried to get Ochi on the practice squad, but he opted to join the Jets.

Undrafted rookie outside linebacker Victor Ochi won't make the team, as Newday's Tom Rock reported the Ravens have released him. Local reporters often speculated that the pass rusher could make the team as an undrafted product, and he made a push for a spot with a sack in the preseason finale. But Ochi was at a crowded position and stuck behind several veterans.

The Ravens have parted ways with second-year defensive back Julian Wilson, according to Zrebiec. Wilson spent last year on injured reserve with a broken leg, and this summer he worked at safety and cornerback. Wilson was an undrafted prospect out of Oklahoma.

The Ravens have released linebacker Brennen Beyer, who spent last season on the practice squad, Zrebiec reported. The undrafted prospect out of Michigan is another practice squad candidate, Zrebiec wrote.* *

The Ravens have cut third-year safety Terrence Brooks, the safety confirmed on Twitter. The decision to cut Brooks, a former third-round pick, is among the most surprising of the day. He had seen significant reps in the preseason, and had a strong performance in the preseason finale. The Ravens are also relatively thin at the position after the knee injury to Matt Elam.

The Ravens have parted with wide receiver Michael Campanaro, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Sun. The Ravens will waive Campanaro with an injury designation because of a calf strain that has hindered him throughout the offseason. Injuries have held Campanaro back throughout his NFL career. He has shown promise when healthy, but he has played in just eight games over his first two seasons. The decision to waive Campanaro might not signal the end of his time in Baltimore, as Zrebiec reported the Ravens would like to re-sign him once he's healthy.

The Ravens have cut second-year tight end Daniel Brown, according to The Sun. The 6-foot-5 target moved to tight end this season after playing receiver as an undrafted prospect last year. The Ravens would like to bring Brown back to the practice squad if he clears waivers, according to Zrebiec. Brown played in six games last season, catching six passes for 64 yards.

The Ravens have cut wide receiver Jeremy Butler, according to Pro Football Talk. Butler was a star of the preseason, and led the Ravens with 16 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He has been one of the team's more impressive receivers in training camp the last two years, but he was competing for a spot at one of the tightest positions on the team.

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh confirmed that the team is taking a look at veteran return man Devin Hester. He worked out for team officials Friday and Saturday, and also went through a full physical to determine whether he's recovered from offeseason toe surgery. Harbaugh did not indicate whether the Ravens plan to sign Hester, and said that the decision is in the hands of General Manager Ozzie Newsome.

The cuts started Saturday morning when the Ravens released defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.  Lewis-Moore was a sixth-round pick in 2013, and injuries have limited him to just five games in his time with the Ravens. Lewis-Moore was a reserve defender last season and finished the year with three tackles.

After bringing in veteran return man Devin Hester for a workout Friday, the Ravens "remain interested" in signing him, Zrebiec reported. Signing Hester would be contingent on his ability to pass a physical, which isn't necessarily a guarantee after his offseason foot surgery. The Ravens have been on the lookout for a returner throughout the summer. The in-house favorite for the job, Michael Campanaro, was not practicing Saturday morning.

Offensive tackle Blaine Clausell is being released, his agent Brett Tessler tweeted Saturday morning. Clausell went undrafted last year out of Mississippi State, and he ended up on Baltimore's practice squad late in the season. According to Tessler, Clausell is likely to end up back on Baltimore's practice squad if he clears waivers.

The Ravens are planning to cut sixth-round pick Keenan Reynolds, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The rookie receiver is in the middle of transitioning from playing quarterback at Navy, where he set the NCAA record for career touchdowns. The Ravens have also taken a long look at Reynolds as a return man, but he was second on the depth chart behind Michael Campanaro throughout training camp. Reynolds had a quiet preseason, and his only catch was a 2-yard completion in Thursday's finale against the Saints. Rapoport mentioned that the working by veteran return man Devin Hester Friday morning "signaled [Reynolds' release] loudly," but he didn't specify whether the Ravens plan to sign Hester.

The Ravens have been on the lookout for a return man throughout the summer, and that search reportedly continued Friday morning when the team worked out veteran returner Devin Hester, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. The 33-year-old returner has been on the market since the Atlanta Falcons released him in July. He is coming off an injury-shortened season where he played in just five games because of a toe issue and didn't have any return touchdowns. Hester underwent surgery this offseason to repair the toe and has reportedly received interest from a handful of teams recently. The Ravens' current starting return man is wide receiver Michael Campanaro, but he fumbled a kickoff in Thursday's preseason finale.

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