The Ravens released wide receiver Jordan Lasley on Wednesday, coach John Harbaugh said.
Lasley, who engaged in minor fisticuffs with defensive backs Cyrus Jones and Bennett Jackson on Monday, asked if the fight was the reason for his release, but Harbaugh said it was not.
“Like I said, I don’t even consider it a fight,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve never released anyone for fighting anyways.”
Harbaugh said the reason was more about how Lasley, 22, fit into the offense.
The 2018 fifth-round draft pick was inactive for every game of his rookie season, but the offseason seemed to be going better based on Harbaugh’s praise for him on the second day of training camp Friday.
“Jordan Lasley had a great day yesterday, so here’s another guy that stepped up, and it’s going to be a heck of a competition,” Harbaugh said Friday.
The Ravens plan to keep five or six wide receivers, Harbaugh said Wednesday, and it’s going to be a fierce competition.
Willie Snead IV and Chris Moore are veterans in the room, while rookies Miles Boykin and Antoine Wesley have stood out. First-round pick Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is still working his way back from Lisfranc surgery, but practiced for the first time Wednesday. Snead, Boykin and Brown are the top three receivers right now, but the other spots are open to competition.
On Thursday, the Ravens waived Quincy Adeboyejo, who also sat out the 2018 season while on the physically-unable-to-perform list, further slimming down the receiving corps.
By cutting Lasley now, Harbaugh said the team is giving him more opportunities to find a place with another team.
“I told him, ‘We wait for the last cut, it’s better for us but it’s not better for you,’ ” Harbaugh said. “He wanted to be here, and he’s a good guy, but this gives him an opportunity to step out and get a chance with somebody else.”
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The last notable thing Lasley did as a Raven was catch a touchdown pass and launch the ball into a pond at the Under Armour Performance Center after the fight with Jones and Bennett.