Three wide receivers were among eight Ravens released on Monday, and five other players were placed on season-ending injured reserve, bringing the Ravens roster from 90 to 77 players.
NFL teams must be down to 75 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“Tough day. It’s always a challenging day when you have cutdown day,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Every one of those guys that we let go had a really good camp. I believe every one of those guys can play in the National Football League given the opportunity. They really forwarded their case to play in this league. They were all successes.”
None of the eight players realeased were a surprise, but most noteworthy was wide receiver DeAndre Carter, an undrafted rookie out of Sacramento State who was impressive in rookie minicamp and organized team activities, but couldn’t carry that into training camp.
He caught five passes for 67 yards in the preseason, but bobbled two kickoff returns to take away his best route to making the team. Aldrick Robinson, a three-year veteran who began his career with the Washington Redskins, and Trent Steelman, a former Army quarterback who was signed after completing his military service, were the other two receivers released.
Guard-tackle Marcel Jones, undrafted rookie guard Leon Brown, cornerback Tramain Jacobs, punter Justin Manton, and long snapper Patrick Scales were the other five players released.
“Some of them can end up back here at some point in time,” Harbaugh said.
The Ravens placed safety Matt Elam (biceps), linebacker Steven Means, cornerback Chris Greenwood, offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin and tight end Allen Reisner on injured reserve.