With the Ravens needing to cut down their roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday at 6 p.m., there will undoubtedly be some anxious moments for many players over the next two days. However, recent history suggests that the 10 members from the team’s 2013 draft class shouldn’t worry.
The last time the Ravens released a player they drafted a couple of months earlier was in 2009 when they cut ties with fifth-round pick, tight end Davon Drew (East Carolina), and sixth-round selection, running back Cedric Peerman (Virginia). Drew was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and later rejoined the Ravens on their practice squad. Peerman caught on with the Detroit Lions and then with the Cincinnati Bengals.
As for the Ravens’ current draft class, their top six selections — Elam, linebacker Arthur Brown, defensive tackle Brandon Williams, linebacker John Simon, fullback Kyle Juszczyk and offensive tackle Rick Wagner — are considered locks to make the team.
Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee), the first of the Ravens’ two sixth-round picks, will start the season on the reserve/non-football injury list while the other, center Ryan Jensen, is likely to spend the season on injured reserve after breaking his left foot early in training camp.
The Ravens’ two seventh-round picks — wide receiver Aaron Mellette and cornerback Marc Anthony – are both on the roster bubble but Mellette has had a good preseason and Anthony is helped by the fact that the Ravens have only five other cornerbacks on the roster and one of them is Asa Jackson who is suspended for the first eight games of 2013 for violating the league’s banned substance policy.
More events planned
While a live performance in the Inner Harbor by Grammy-award winning singer Keith Urban will highlight next week’s “Kickoff” festivities, the NFL announced a series of other events in Baltimore aimed at commemorating the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory and celebrating their Sept. 5 game against the Broncos that will open the 2013 regular season.
Former Ravens Jamal Lewis and Duane Starks will join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and volunteers from the NFL, United Way and the National Dairy Council for a community service project at Hilton Elementary School on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lewis, Starks and other former Ravens, including Rod Woodson, Kyle Richardson, Jamie Sharper and Matt Stover, will join more than 850 area students for the NFL Play 60 Youth Football Festival on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UTZ Field at Patterson Park.
Later that night, the NFL will host a Back to Football 5K Run, starting at 7 p.m., and NFL Play 60 half-mile fun run, beginning at 6 p.m. Both will take place at M&T Bank Stadium where former players, Ravens cheerleaders and the Lombardi Trophy will be on hand.
The league will also set up a kickoff village at McKeldin Square and the Harborplace Amphitheater that will be free and open to the public on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Former players will be in attendance both days to sign autographs for fans.
The Rams also held out the majority of their starters, including quarterback Sam Bradford. … Veteran Kellen Clemens started at quarterback for the Rams and had his nose bloodied on a big first-quarter hit by Brown. ... With Suggs not on the trip, Ihedigbo gave the pre-game talk to his teammates. … Tonight marked a homecoming of sorts for Brandon Williams, the rookie who was born in St. Louis, went to high school at Rockwood Summit and then played his college ball at Missouri Southern in Joplin.