Ravens Make Several Roster Moves Ahead of Final Preseason Game
The Ravens have had a busy week leading up to their final preseason game against the Washington Football team.
The second round of cuts around the NFL took place last Tuesday as teams got down to a mandatory 80-man roster. The Ravens placed linebacker L.J. Fort on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in last Saturdays preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Ravens cut veteran safety Jordan Richards, wide receiver Michael Dereus, quarterback Kenji Bahar, and offensive tackle Andre Smith who signed a one-year deal with the Ravens last season before opting out due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The Ravens weren’t finished adjusting their roster as they traded rookie fifth-round pick Shaun Wade to the New England Patriots on Thursday. In return for Wade the Ravens received the Patriots 2022 seventh-round pick as well as their 2023 fifth-round pick. With a crowded secondary and the Ravens needing available roster spots for other positions the Ohio State product appeared to be on the bubble to make the 53-man roster. In two preseason games Wade recorded only one tackle coming against the New Orleans Saints while also having one interception, also coming against the Saints. Wade failed to record any stats in the Ravens second preseason game.
On Saturday the Ravens made another trade as center Greg Mancz was sent to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the Dolphins sixth-round selection. The Ravens would also send their seventh-round pick they received in the Wade deal to Miami in the trade. Mancz, who was acquired by the Ravens in January. Was a long shot to make the team as the Ravens currently have three other centers in Bradley Bozeman, Patrick Mekari, and Trystan Colon-Castillo that were all ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Ravens will look to once again finish the preseason perfect and set an NFL record 20 straight preseason wins on Saturday night. Ahead of final cuts on Tuesday.