“That was a tough one,” defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said of the team’s decision to cut the popular linebacker. “I’m just going to miss him – period, like your kid goes off to college or something.”
Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and defensive end Chris Canty were the only two new absentees as the Ravens resumed practice this week ahead of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, while wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and left tackle Eugene Monroe (concussion) remained out.
A day after Terrell Suggs was hurt in the middle of the fourth quarter of the Ravens' eventual 19-13 loss to the Broncos, coach John Harbaugh said the organization is considering external options to replace the rush linebacker. However, Harbaugh expressed confidence that the Ravens have what it takes in-house to fill the void.
In getting down to a 53-man roster Saturday, the Ravens showed a willingness to move on from their draft picks, the importance that they place on special teams and how much they value having defensive depth.
In recent weeks, Arthur Brown has been a second-team inside linebacker and his spike in defensive and special teams snaps — both in practices and preseason games — suggest that the Ravens are trying to figure out where the 25-year-old fits in.
The Baltimore Sun is breaking down where the Ravens stand at each position, including predictions on how many players the team will keep at each spot and which players are locks, long shots or ¿on the bubble.¿
The Ravens managed to lower veteran punter Sam Koch's salary-cap figure by $700,000 when they signed him to a five-year, $16.25 million contract extension, according to NFL Players Association records and league sources.