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Ravens Make Final Cuts to 53 Players

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The Ravens announced their final round of cuts Saturday, just minutes before the 4 p.m. deadline.

Here are the most notable decisions:

Keeping Robert Griffin III: The Ravens kept three quarterbacks for the first time since 2009. After a year out of football entirely, Griffin completed his comeback. The 2012 No. 2-overall pick had a successful offseason and preseason in Baltimore and will serve as a backup to Joe Flacco alongside rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson. NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that the Ravens have fielded trade calls about Griffin, and that could still be a possibility.

Releasing Breshad Perriman: Perriman was the Ravens’ 2015 first-round pick, but he’s had three disappointing seasons. Baltimore gave him another shot this summer to break out, and while he stayed healthy and had his best camp yet, some of the same problems that have plagued his career continued. The Ravens opted to keep fifth-round rookie wide receiver Jordan Lasley instead.

Undrafted rookie streak continues: The Ravens picked undrafted rookie wide receiver/returner Janarion Grant over sophomore receiver Tim White. Undrafted linebacker Chris Board beat out veteran linebacker Albert McClellan, who spent the past seven years in Baltimore and will go down as one of the Ravens’ best special teams players. However, he’s 32 years old, coming off major knee surgery and more expensive than Board. Undrafted cornerback Darious Williams (Alabama-Birmingham) made it after Stanley Jean-Baptiste suffered a broken arm in the preseason finale.

Baltimore keeps eight offensive linemen: The Ravens’ final two offensive line spots went to versatile sophomore blocker Jermaine Eluemunor and sixth-round rookie Bradley Bozeman. Nico Siragusa, who was drafted in the fourth round last year, did not make the cut after returning from major knee surgery.

Release two recent third-round picks: Baltimore parted ways with defensive end Bronson Kaufusi and defensive tackle Carl Davis. Kaufusi was a third-round pick in 2016 who missed his entire rookie year because of a broken ankle. Davis was a third-round pick in 2015 who started nine games and made 19 tackles last season.

Keeping a kicker/punter (on IR): Undrafted rookie kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik suffered head injuries over the weekend and the Ravens are "monitoring the situation." For now, the talented Norwegian kicker has been placed on injured reserve. Vedvik was widely seen as a player who would interest other teams, either via trade or after being released.

Of course, the roster can still be fluid as the Ravens have a history of making changes based on other teams’ cuts. The practice squad will be determined Sunday after players clear (or don’t clear) waivers.

Here’s the full list of players released Saturday:

  • T Randin Crecelius
  • NT Carl Davis
  • RB Gus Edwards
  • FB Christopher Ezeala
  • DE Myles Humphrey
  • DE Bronson Kaufusi
  • G Cameron Lee
  • WR Andre Levrone
  • TE Vince Mayle
  • LB Albert McClellan
  • WR Breshad Perriman
  • G Maurquice Shakir
  • G Nico Siragusa
  • RB Mark Thompson
  • RB De’Lance Turner
  • WR Tim White
  • QB Josh Woodrum

Placed on IR:

  • P/K Kaare Vedvik

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