Ravens waive three players and place another on injured reserve
While teams across the league aren’t required to trim their rosters down to the final 53 until this Saturday by 4 pm eastern standard time, the Baltimore Ravens started the process early on Monday by letting go of a trio of undrafted rookies waiving undrafted rookies and placing another player on injured reserve.
The Ravens waived outside linebacker John Daka (James Madison), wide receiver Michael Dereus (Georgetown), and center Sean Pollard (Clemson). They also placed veteran wide receiver DeAndrew White who was signed last week on Aug.25 on injured reserve.
The Ravens have their top five spots at the wide receiver position solidified with second-year receivers Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown and Miles Boykin, rookie draft picks Devin Duvernay and James Proche II, and veteran Willie Snead IV. That leaves veteran special teams ace Chris Moore, third-year pro Jaleel Scott, and undrafted rookie Jaylon Moore competing for the sixth and likely final spot.
The Ravens have plenty of candidates with starting experience in the running for the starting center position including four-year pro Matt Skura who is ramping up his workload in practice coming off of a season-ending knee injury.
The other top option is Patrick Makari entering his second season after stepping in for Skura down the stretch and performing admirably in relief duty and during training camp this year. There are also some players that possess positional flexibility like last year’s starting left guard Bradley Bozeman and others that could be an option.
Baltimore isn’t deep at proven talent on the edge of their defense but they’re hoping that their remodeled and reshaped interior defensive line depth chart will help generate more pass rush and give the guys that do have at outside linebacker more one-on-one opportunities.
They added veterans Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe, and rookie draft picks Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington. Undrafted rookies Marcus Willoughby and Chauncey Rivers and second-year player Aaron Adeoye still have a chance to make the team at outside linebacker.