With the NFL season nearly a week away, the Baltimore Ravens trimmed their roster down to the 75-player limit on Monday. There were no real surprises in regards to the cuts as the Ravens released tight end Davon Drew, wide receiver Devin Goda, offensive lineman Addison Lawrence, cornerback Jordin Mabin, center Cecil Newton, long snapper Patrick Scales, quarterback Chester Stewart, wide receiver Patrick Williams and kicker Billy Cundiff.
Cundiff was the only move to raise a few eyebrows as the veteran kicker seemed poised to hold onto the starting kicker job, despite his catastrophic missed game-tying field goal in last season’s AFC championship game against New England. Although Cundiff made the pro bowl as recently as 2010, his botched 32-yard field goal from the AFC title game left a lasting impression. Cundiff was released after undrafted rookie Justin Tucker impressed coaches in training camp. The rookie kicker from the University of Texas ultimately wrestled the job away from Cundiff due to his consistency, especially in regards to long-distance kicks.
To make roster space, the Ravens also put linebackers Stevie Baggs and Darryl Blackstock, safety Emanuel Cook and defensive tackle Ryan McBean on the season-ending injured reserve list.
More roster moves included placing linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon) and wide receiver David Reed (knee) on the physically unable to perform list. Suggs and Reed will be forced to miss at least the first six games of the season. They can begin practicing after the sixth week of the season, and can practice for up to three weeks before they must join the active roster, be placed on injured reserve, or get cut.
On a positive note, ailing tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta returned to practice, although their status for Thursday night’s preseason finale is still up in the air.
Monday’s 4:00 p.m. EST deadline forced teams to cut their roster to 75 players, with final roster cuts coming Friday, forcing teams to the regular season limit of 53 players