Baltimore Ravens: The 3 Best Decisions of the Final Cuts Process
On Friday, the Baltimore Ravens trimmed the team's roster to the required 53 players. During the cutdown process, there weren't many major surprises.
As the team prepares for its first regular-season game on September 10th against the Cincinnati Bengals, it appears it has the best 53 players it could choose to take into that game.
Some decisions were better than others. One of the eye-opening choices was to release undrafted rookie safety Omar Brown, who looked like a lock for the final roster after the first two preseason games.
Now it's time to look at the three best decisions Baltimore made on Friday.
Placing Tommy Streeter on IR
One of the most notable competitions during the preseason was the battle for the sixth and final wide receiver spot between rookies Tommy Streeter and Deonte Thompson.
It appeared the Ravens would have had to cut one of the two talented receivers, but instead they were able to keep both.
Due to a sprained foot suffered in the third preseason game, Streeter was eligible to be placed on injured reserve. That allowed the team to keep Thompson as the sixth receiver and keep Streeter in Baltimore at the same time, which is a win-win situation.
Releasing Curtis Painter
Unless the team decides to sign a recently released quarterback, it will carry just two quarterbacks this season.
The decision to keep just Joe Flacco and Tyrod Taylor came when the team released veteran Curtis Painter on Friday. Painter, who had an up-and-down preseason, wasn't very worthy of making the roster, but if the team would've decided to keep three quarterbacks, he'd still be in Baltimore.
The decision to keep only two quarterbacks is a smart move, as it allowed the team to free up a roster spot, which appears to have been used in the secondary.
The team decided to keep seven cornerbacks, but if Painter had made the team, there would have likely only been six corners on the final roster.
Keeping Bobby Rainey
At the beginning of training camp, undrafted rookie running back Bobby Rainey appeared to be a long shot to make the final roster for the Ravens.
But after an impressive preseason that included two receiving touchdowns, the former Western Kentucky standout avoided the final cuts and made the team.
At 5'8", Rainey looks and plays much like starting running back Ray Rice. He's not as fast as Rice, but his versatility is very similar.
He is currently the third running back for the Ravens, as fellow rookie Bernard Pierce enters the season as the backup. But a few impressive regular-season games could change that for Rainey, as he could be an integral part of Baltimore's offense by season's end.
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