With the deadline for the final 53 man rosters passed us now, the teams have finalized the rosters that will most likely be the roster that you will see in your program on opening day.
The Baltimore Ravens made some tough choices, but finally settled on releasing the following players.
Defensive tackle Nadir Abdallah; fullback Jason Cook; running back Cedric Peerman; wideouts Justin Harper, Yamon Figurs, Jayson Foster, Ernie Wheelwright and Eron Riley; safety K.J. Gerard; kicker Graham Gano; center Robby Felix; linebacker Tony Fein; tight ends Davon Drew and Isaac Smolko; cornerback Evan Oglesby; offensive tackles Joe Reitz, Stefan Rodgers and Tre’ Stallings; guard Bryan Mattison; and linebacker William Van DeSteeg were all waived.
This isn’t the end of the road for all of the ex-Ravens on the cut list. In fact, it may just be the beginning for some. Their services may and probably will be needed by another team.
Evan Oglesby, CB
I would be shocked if Oglesby isn’t on another roster by the beginning of the season. He may not be the best cornerback on the Ravens, but he saw action in all 16 games last year.
Teams with poor secondaries should put him high on their lists. He has played around some of the best players in the league, two future Hall of Famers. He brings experience to the secondary, and the ability to cover the receiver well.
Possible Destinations- Kansas City, Detroit, Seattle, Tampa Bay, St Louis, Jacksonville, Buffalo
Jason Cook, FB
Cook release was not terribly surprising, but one would expect that the Ravens would want depth behind All-Pro Le’Ron McClain. Cook was going to back up the Pro-Bowler as he switched from halfback to his natural position of fullback.
Any team with a struggling running game or weak offensive line should have Cook on their radar. Cook is good at receiving and blocking especially. While he won’t see many rushing carries, expect him to catch a few passes, and assist in protecting the quarterback
Possible Destinations- Arizona, Detroit, Kansas City, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay
Yamon Figurs, WR
Figurs release was not surprising, despite the lack of receiver depth. He had been replaced at returner by Lardarius Webb and Chris Carr, and could not perform consistently at wide receiver.
However, he could be a good pick-up as a kick returner and a receiver by any team lacking in either or both of those. He is young, and teams like St Louis with young receivers could benefit from his addition. he managed to grab a 43 yard touchdown last year, and a 51 yard catch in the preseason, showing that he can catch the deep bomb.
Even teams just looking for some depth should take a look at him, and see what he can offer in the event a starter gets hurt.
Possible Destinations- St Louis, Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Carolina, Jacksonville, Miami
Cedric Peerman, RB
Peerman was a rookie draft pick out of Virginia. He saw limited time in the preseason, but managed to score a touchdown against Washington. But that touchdown didn’t amount to much.
He was plagued with inconsistency the entire preseason, and couldn’t get anything going after his score. But on a team with Willis McGahee, Ray Rice, and Le’Ron McClain all carrying balls, did he really stand a chance? Not to mention fighting with Jalen Parmele and Matt Lawrence for the remaining two roster spots.
For a team looking to bolster their running game, Peerman is a must have. While he was inconsistent in the pros, he showed extreme explosiveness in college. His skills could be refined to play at the pro level.
Possible Destinations- Seattle, Arizona, Cincinnati, New England, Indianapolis
Sam Snyder covers the Baltimore Ravens for Baltimore Sports Then and Now.