Ravens Release WRs Michael Floyd, Joe Horn Jr. Ahead of Cutdown Day

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2019

Baltimore Ravens' Michael Floyd (13) scores a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles' Jeremiah McKinnon (38) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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The Baltimore Ravens announced that 11 players were released on Friday, including wide receivers Michael Floyd and Joe Horn Jr., quarterback Joe Callahan and linebacker Shane Ray.

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Floyd, 29, was a first-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 and appeared set for stardom after catching 65 passes for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns in his second year. But he never reached those heights again and his career hit an impasse in 2016 when he was arrested on suspicions of DUI and was released by the Cardinals.         

He appeared in two games for the New England Patriots in the 2016 season after his release before signing with the Minnesota Vikings ahead of the 2017 campaign. He was suspended the first four games of that season, however, and while he appeared in 11 games for the Vikings, he registered just 10 catches for 78 yards.

He then spent the 2018 season with Washington, catching just 10 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. After posting 242 receptions for 3,739 yards and 23 touchdowns in parts of five seasons with Arizona, Floyd's career hit a crossroads.

He was attempting to latch on with the Ravens this season, though he didn't make the cut.

"You only get so many tries in this league until they give up on you," Floyd told Ryan Mink of the team's website on Wednesday. 

He also said he didn't plan on giving up on his career if things didn't work out with Baltimore.

"Still playing. I'm going to keep going, work my way up," he said. "I think things happen for a reason. I'm not proud of everything I've done on my path, but I've learned from it. I think I couldn't be in a better position now to compete for a job. I've got that fire lit still underneath me and I can go out there and perform at a high level."

Ray, 26, was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2015 and posted 12 sacks in his first two years. But injuries limited him to just 19 games the past two seasons, and he signed with the Ravens this offseason. 

"I feel like I've been putting out good tape this preseason and showing I've been healthy," he said earlier this week, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN. "At the end of the day, a team either signs you or another team will. There are 31 [other] teams."

As for Horn—who is the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn—he came into Baltimore's camp as an undrafted free agent and was a long shot to make the team. Regardless, his father believes he'll find his place in the NFL.

"I do know he can play in that league," he told Tom Schad of USA Today. "I taught him. I know he can run routes better than most of the receivers that start in the NFL. You can quote me on that. That's fact. He might get upset when he sees that, but that's a fact."