As the Ravens set their initial 53-man roster Saturday, Trace McSorley and Jaleel Scott got the news they hoped for, but Willie Henry and Zach Sieler did not.
The Ravens will carry three quarterbacks on their opening roster for the second straight year, as McSorley earned his place as the No. 3 behind Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III. A sixth-round pick from Penn State, McSorley got more preseason reps than any Ravens quarterback and completed 56.7 percent of his passes, threw four touchdown passes and led the offense with confidence.
McSorley, who can also play special teams, admitted he would be nervous waiting to see if he made the roster before Saturday afternoon’s deadline to reduce the roster the 53-player limit.
“I love being in Baltimore,” McSorley said. “My time here so far has been amazing. I feel like I fit in the scheme of what we do. I think this is the best situation for me to be in.”
Scott used an outstanding training camp and preseason to become one of six wide receivers on the roster. Free agent acquisition Seth Roberts also made it, joining the receivers who were roster locks – Willie Snead IV, Chris Moore, and rookies Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin.
Here's a look at the initial roster for the 2019 season.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing day for defensive linemen Henry and Sieler, as well as cornerback Maurice Canady.
The Ravens kept just five defensive linemen – Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Chris Wormley, Patrick Ricard and rookie Daylon Mack. Henry’s release may have been the most surprising. A former fourth-round draft pick in 2016, Henry was expected to be a primary interior pass rusher when training camp began. But he had a disappointing preseason with just one tackle and one quarterback pressure, and he has also been plagued by injuries, playing just three games last season due to a herniated disc. Sieler was a seventh-round pick last year who played in just two games as a rookie.
Canady was entering his fourth season and has played in 19 games for the Ravens with 34 tackles. Injuries have hampered the 2016 sixth-round pick's young career, and he was outshined by others in the Ravens' deep secondary during training camp and the preseason.
Other notable developments included:
Running back Kenneth Dixon was placed on injured reserve after suffering an injury during the preseason finale against the Washington Redskins. The Ravens will carry three running backs on the 53-man roster – Mark Ingram II, Gus Edwards and rookie Justice Hill. Running back De’Lance Turner was also released, despite rushing for 62 yards on 18 carries against the Redskins. He spent much of last season on the practice squad and could return there again. Cornerback Tavon Young (neck) was also placed on injured reserve, officially ending his season.
Two undrafted rookies made the roster, offensive lineman Patrick Mekari and inside linebacker Otaro Alaka, extending the Ravens’ undrafted streak to 16 straight years. An offensive lineman from Cal, Mekari played center, guard, and tackle against the Redskins and his versatility as a backup was an asset. The Ravens kept nine offensive linemen, including Greg Senat, who was on the roster bubble. An inside linebacker from Texas A&M, Alaka gives the Ravens added depth at a position where they need it behind Patrick Onwuasor, Chris Board and Kenny Young.
Cyrus Jones made the roster as the primary punt returner and will also play nickel cornerback. Running back Tyler Ervin, who also did well returning punts during the preseason, was released.
Safety Brynden Trawick was another bubble player who didn’t make the initial roster. He is a 29-year-old former Raven (2013-15) who excels on special teams. Rookie cornerback Iman Marshall, who has missed time this preseason while injured, was placed on the 53-man roster.