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5 Baltimore Ravens Roster Cut Survivors Who Should Have Gotten the Ax

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5 Baltimore Ravens Roster Cut Survivors Who Should Have Gotten the Ax

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The Baltimore Ravens clearly know more about their players more anyone else in the NFL would. At the same time, I would have to think that some of the players the Ravens kept on their roster had to do with a need for depth or just the lack of talent in free agency. That said, I still have some issues players that are still on the roster.

The Ravens clearly had issues with their offensive line, especially when right guard Marshal Yanda left the field in certain spots during preseason. In terms of the second and third offensive line units, even if you don't expect the overall talent to match the quality of the first unit, they were just dreadful.

There were times where running back Bobby Rainey (who got cut by the Ravens on Saturday) would get the ball and be tackled before he could even set his feet. The big drop-off with execution along the offensive line when Yanda is out is very disturbing.

I believe the Ravens are carrying a little too much weight at safety. The Ravens are currently carrying five safeties, but only have four corners. God forbid the Ravens lose their corners to injury in their season opener this coming Thursday against the Denver Broncos.

I would expect a roster move to be made at this point in the secondary, but maybe they think they have safeties who are capable enough to play corner like Michael Huff, who played at all four spots in the secondary in his years with the Oakland Raiders.

At the end of the day when I look at this roster, there are still some moves that I question. I have five players on the Ravens' roster who should have gotten the ax.

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5. Anthony Levine

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As I addressed earlier, the Ravens are carrying five safeties and only four corners, which is risky to me unless they can move Huff to corner. Cutting Levine would be a depth move. I don't expect this situation to stay this way over the course of the season.

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4. A.Q. Shipley

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Shipley is the backup center as we speak, but if he ever has to play in a game with the Ravens' first team offense at any critical point of the season, I don't like their chances. It just seemed like every time Shipley was in the game, he would either be pushed back into the quarterback or cause a penalty. I think the Ravens can do better with that backup situation.

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3. Jah Reid

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Reid was a third-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft for the Ravens, and he hasn't done much to stay on the team. The Ravens originally drafted him to be the right tackle, but since he can't handle speed-rushers, he was kicked inside and is still having issues there. The Ravens need Yanda healthy for the season because if he isn't, the Ravens' Super Bowl hopes might end there.

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2. Deonte Thompson

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Thompson is a quality player for the Ravens, and still has room to improve. But I don't think it is necessary for the Ravens at this point in time to carry seven wide receivers into the regular season, even with some of the questions they may have at the position. I think the Ravens could afford to cut him and bring him back later in the season.

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1. Dallas Clark

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Clark hasn't done anything so far for him to have earned a roster spot. He looks completely lost in the Ravens' offense, and hasn't held on to the ball when targeted as much as I would have liked. Besides, Clark is getting older, and maybe his hands are not what they used to be. So Clark, if you are going to stay on the Ravens' roster, can you use wide receiver gloves instead of tape on your hands? Please and thank you.