Predicting Baltimore Ravens' 1st Wave of Roster Cuts
The Baltimore Ravens are halfway through training camp. That's given players plenty of opportunities to show what they're made of, while also giving coaches a chance to evaluate them and determine how much longer they should be on the roster.
There is still time for players to make their case to be on the final 53-man roster, but time is running out. On August 26, the first wave of cuts have to be made by all 32 NFL teams. They must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the active list, meaning 15 players will be cut from the 90-man roster.
Over the following slides, I'll predict which 15 players won't survive the first wave of cuts. They're divided into tiers to help show how likely they are to be cut in my opinion. These are players who simply aren't getting mentioned by the coaches or beat writers and aren't getting any significant reps in practice to showcase their abilities.
Sure to Be Cut
At this point, it's hard to predict which players are sure to be cut. A player could have been silent to this point in camp but do enough through the rest of training camp and in the first few preseason games to survive the first wave of cuts.
However, the players listed below have done virtually nothing in camp so far and also play at positions that are fairly crowded. Because of this, they probably won't be on the roster after August 26.
Mike Willie, Wide Receiver
Willie was signed in June after a minicamp tryout. He spent the previous two seasons on the Chargers practice squad but has been buried on the depth chart amid a highly contested receiver battle.
With 11 receivers currently on the roster, at least two of them will probably be axed during the first roster cutdown.
Jamie Meder, Defensive Tackle
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Ashland, Meder has also been buried on the depth chart behind more talented players who have more invested in them. With 11 defensive linemen on the roster and Meder appearing to be near the back of the depth chart, he's likely gone after the first wave of cuts.
These are the players who will likely be cut but still have time to fight their way onto the right side of the roster bubble.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, Running Back
The undrafted running back out of Michigan earned a spot on the Ravens roster after a tryout during minicamps, but he has done little since to show he's worthy of a roster spot. With seven running backs signed to the roster, at least one of them is going to be gone after the first wave of cuts.
Shaun Chapas is another back on the bubble, but he has prior NFL experience and can also play fullback, making him more valuable.
Toussaint is simply not getting a chance to showcase himself, and it will likely lead to him being gone after the first roster cutdown.
Mario Norman, Cornerback
Norman is a second-year player who was signed after training camp opened. He was given a tryout during minicamps but wasn't signed. That shows how little the Ravens thought of him before, so he's likely just a body for camp now that he is on the roster.
On the Bubble
Again, because there's still over three weeks until the first wave of cuts, it's too early to tell who's likely to be among the first 15. However, there are plenty of players clearly on the roster bubble, and even if they survive the first wave, they probably won't be on the final 53-man roster.
Omar Brown, Safety
The Ravens have eight safeties currently signed, so one of them will likely be axed during the first set of cuts. Brown was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and has spent most of his career on the practice squad. He's played in four career games, and with the additions of Terence Brooks, Darian Stewart and Will Hill, Brown is going to be cut eventually.
Jace Davis, Wide Receiver
Davis is an undrafted free agent out of Northern Colorado who's caught in a deep group of receivers. With 11 receivers currently on the roster, expect to see one or two of them gone after the initial cuts.
Tramain Jacobs, Cornerback
An undrafted cornerback out of Texas A&M, Jacobs wasn't very good in college in just two seasons at A&M following two seasons of junior college. The Ravens have plenty of corners with NFL experience they'll keep through the first roster cutdown. With nine corners currently on the roster, at least one of them will be cut during the reduction to 75 players.
Others on the Bubble
- Zach Orr, Linebacker
- Parker Graham, Offensive Tackle
- D.J. Roberts, Linebacker
- Nicholas DiMarco, Linebacker
- A.J. Pataialii, Defensive Tackle
- Deji Olatoye, Cornerback
- Phillip Supernaw, Tight End
- Brett Van Sloten, Offensive Tackle