The Baltimore Ravens continue make roster moves to create a 53-man roster as they let go of tight end Matt Furstenburg, wide receiver Tandon Doss and running back Bobby Rainey.
Out of the cuts the Ravens have made, Furstenburg and Rainey come as a surprise to me. With Furstenburg, I really thought he had real chance of staying with the team with his solid hands and route running. Furstenburg didn’t have his best game in the final preseason game though as he tried to leap for a one-handed catch that ended up being a game-ending interception against the St. Louis Rams this past Thursday.
As for Rainey, I thought he earned his spot on the team and my colleague Jeffery Kryglik did as well in his article discussing Rainey’s value to the team. Rainey is basically a poor man’s Ray Rice, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that.
Even though Rainey was at a disadvantage playing with the second- and third-team units, he still found ways to create lanes for himself and run for big gains. The release of Rainey leaves the Ravens with an interesting situation where Rice and Bernard Pierce are the only reliable running backs on the roster.
Doss being released doesn’t come as a surprise as he has struggled for much of his three-year career with the Ravens until the final preseason game against the Rams, where he had five catches for 75 yards. But it seems like those results were too little, too late.
I speculated on Friday that the Ravens may choose to trade Doss, and him being cut pretty much signals that Aaron Mellette and Marlon Brown will stick on the team.