"It’s who is going to help our team the most and what is going to make our team the strongest," said John Harbaugh when asked about the intangibles he look for when making the decisions on the roster. (Baltimore Sun video)
The Ravens have started trimming their roster from 75. Below is the players who have been confirmed to have been let go or put on injured reserve:
Keenan Reynolds, WR (waived): The former Navy quarterback was trying to make the transition to NFL wide receiver. However, the preseason was a struggle for the rookie sixth-round pick. He caught just one pass for two yards in four preseason games. He also struggled throughout camp with handling kickoffs and punts. The Ravens are hoping he clears waivers and joins their practice squad.
Michael Campanaro, WR (waived-injured designation): Campanaro, the third-year wide receiver who was thought to be the team's top option at kick returner, had an MRI today and was diagnosed with a calf strain. Campanaro, the former River Hill standout who was limited to eight games over his first two NFL seasons, has been hampered by the injury in recent days. He also missed most of the offseason minicamps with a calf strain. With the Ravens waiving Campanaro, it increases the likelihood that the team signs free-agent returner Devin Hester.
Terrence Brooks, S (waived): Brooks was a third-round pick in 2014, but he struggled in the jump to the NFL. He played the entire game on defense in each of the final two preseason games. Still, it's a minor surprise that he was let go because the team lacks depth at safety. This move was first reported by NFL Network.
Daniel Brown, TE (waived): With Dennis Pitta and Maxx Williams returning to practice and expected to play in next the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11, the Ravens let Brown go. A converted tight end who caught six passes for 64 yards as a wide receiver for the Ravens last year, he's a candidate to return to the practice squad.
Jeremy Butler, WR (waived): The team's leading wide receiver this preseason has been let go, according to Pro Football Talk. Butler led the Ravens with 16 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns this preseason. This qualifies as the day's first significant surprise for the Ravens and likely indicates an unwillingness to keep seven receivers on the roster.
Victor Ochi, OLB: According to Newsday, the Ravens have informed the former Stony Brook candidate he has been released. Ochi, an undrafted free agent, had sacks in the final two preseason games, but he played sparingly otherwise.
Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE (released): The former Notre Dame standout was selected in the sixth round by the team in 2013 despite sustaining a significant knee injury in his final game with the Fighting Irish, the BCS National Championship.
Lewis-Moore spent his first NFL season on the reserve/non-football injury list. He then tore his Achilles during the 2014 training camp and spent the entire 2014 season on injured reserve.
He returned and played in five games last year, making three total tackles. Lewis-Moore was having a good summer, but the Ravens have a glut of defensive lineman and he was behind Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban.
Blaine Clausell, OT (waived): The second-year offensive tackle spent much of last season on the team's practice squad and will likely start the 2016 campaign on the team's practice squad as well, according to his agent Brett Tessler.
Julian Wilson, CB/S (waived): Wilson was let go after he had a solid summer with the Ravens and he spent all of last season on injured reserve with a broken leg. He's another candidate to return to the team's practice squad.
Brennen Beyer, OLB (waived): Beyer, who played his college ball at Michigan, was hoping to make the roster after spending last season on the practice squad. However, the Ravens were too deep at outside linebacker. Beyer is a candidate to return to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
The Ravens have to get their roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. today. They had 20 moves to make entering the day because tight ends Darren Waller and Nick Boyle will start the season on the reserve/suspended list.