Rumor Mill: Ravens' 2014 Roster Cuts


The Ravens' locker room will go through some big changes over the next 24 hours.

Teams around the NFL have to trim their rosters to 53 players from 75 by Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline, and the Ravens have reportedly already started that process.

Here are the latest rumors and news updates about the status of the roster.


CB Dominique Franks Released
Baltimore reportedly cut veteran cornerback Dominique Franks, according to The Sun's Aaron Wilson. Franks was signed on June 20 to provide depth, and he played well in spurts. The Ravens added cornerback Derek Cox on Aug. 27, however, which could have pushed Franks off the roster.

OLB John Simon Cut
The Ravens have reportedly cut outside linebacker John Simon, per The Sun's Aaron Wilson. Simon was a fourth-round pick last year, but was active for just seven games and made four tackles. He was at one of the team's deepest positions. The Ohio State product had a strong game in the preseason finale in New Orleans, notching three tackles and a sack.

DT Jamie Meder Cut
Undrafted rookie defensive tackle Jamie Meder has been released, reports The Sun's Wilson. Meder is a small-school prospect out of Ashland. Wilson reports that he'll join the practice squad if he clears waivers.

WR Campanaro Makes Team
The wide receiver corps may be starting to take shape. While there have been no reported cuts, The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson is reporting that rookie seventh-round pick Michael Campanaro has made the team. Campanaro has impressed with his quickness and route-running, but was in a stiff competition with Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken and undrafted rookie Jeremy Butler.

CB Tramain Jacobs Cut
Baltimore has released undrafted rookie cornerback Tramain Jacobs, reported The Sun's Wilson. The Texas A&M product has impressed throughout training camp. Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said Jacobs has 'great' upside. He will "likely" land on the practice squad if he clears waivers, per Wilson.

CB Sammy Seamster Cut
The Ravens have cut cornerback Sammy Seamster, reports The Sun's Wilson. Seamster is an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee State. Known for his speed and raw talent, Seamster could reportedly be a candidate for the practice squad.

TE Phillip Supernaw Released
Baltimore cut tight end Phillip Supernaw, according to The Sun. Supernaw was competing with Nathan Overbay behind Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels and rookie Crockett Gillmore. Supernaw is a former Houston Texan who was a frequent target in practice, but he didn't have a catch in the preseason. Supernaw reportedly will head to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

DT A.J. Pataiali'i Cut
The Ravens have reportedly cut undrafted rookie defensive tackle A.J. Pataiali'I, according to The Sun. Pataiali'I is a Utah State product who was competing with fellow undrafted defensive linemen Jamie Meder and Levi Brown. Brown was released on Friday.

QB Keith Wenning Cut* *The Ravens have cut rookie quarterback Keith Wenning, per The Sun. Wenning was competing for the third quarterback spot behind Joe Flacco and Tyrod Taylor. He had a successful preseason finale, completing 8-of-13 passes for 117 yards. The Ravens haven't kept three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster since 2009. Wenning could be headed for the practice squad if he clears waivers.

G/C Ryan Jensen Cut
Baltimore cut offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, reports The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. Jensen was a sixth-round pick in 2013 but did not play in a game as a rookie due to a foot injury. The Ravens kept him on the active roster to get him experience in practice, however. Jensen entered training camp competing for the starting right tackle position, but was eventually moved inside to guard. He had a tough time in the preseason finale in New Orleans.

G/C A.Q. Shipley Waived
In one of the biggest-name cuts yet, the Ravens reportedly parted ways with guard/center A.Q. Shipley, per Wilson. Shipley started nine games at left guard last year after Kelechi Osemele went down with a back injury.

RB Fitzgerald Toussaint Cut
Toussaint, who rushed 17 times for 103 yards in the preseason finale, has been cut, according to Wilson. The undrafted Michigan product was originally signed by the Ravens after a minicamp tryout. Toussaint could land on the practice squad if he clears waivers.


UPDATE: The Ravens confirmed the cuts of Reggie Stephens, D.J. Roberts, Levi Brown, Derick Hopkins and Nathan Overbay.

Center Reggie Stephens CutOne of the first players released is center Reggie Stephens, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. The former Bengals seventh-round pick spent last season on the Ravens* *practice squad, and was behind Jeremy Zuttah and Gino Gradkowski on the depth chart.

Tight End Nathan Overbay CutThe Ravens have reportedly released tight end Nathan Overbay, according to Wilson. Overbay was a former undrafted prospect who entered the NFL in 2010 and has bounced around several teams' practice squads. The Ravens signed him in December and he spent the entire offseason with the team.

Outside linebacker D.J. Roberts CutUndrafted rookie outside linebacker D.J. Roberts has also been cut, per Wilson. Roberts played his college career at Tennessee-Martin and was signed by Baltimore in May after the draft. He saw limited time during the preseason and was also trying to make the team at one of the deepest positions on the field.

Rookie Defensive Linemen Released
The Ravens have cut undrafted rookie defensive tackles Levi Brown and Derrick Hopkins, according to The Sun. The young defensive linemen saw limited reps during the preseason, as they are playing behind Haloti Ngata, Brandon Williams and fellow rookie Timmy Jernigan. Brown and Hopkins could both be candidates for the practice squad.

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