With tight end Crockett Gillmore (back) and Maxx Williams (concussion) dealing with injuries and Nick Boyle suspended for the remainder of the regular season, the Ravens added a pair of tight ends Tuesday.
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.
Wide receivers Daniel Brown, who caught a touchdown and blocked a punt in Thursday night's preseason-closing loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and Tom Nelson, offensive tackle Blaine Clausell, inside linebacker Andrew Bose and cornerback Quinton Pointer were all let go. Their releases leave the Ravens with 70 players, meaning that they'll have to make 17 more moves by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
In their first on-camera interaction since a tense, 27-second interview at halftime of the Ravens preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Saturday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh smiled at CSN reporter Brent Haris and told him, "I love that question."
As the Ravens get ready to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in their second preseason contest, their cornerback situation is far less concerning than it was a year earlier. Even with Lardarius Webb again sidelined with an injury, the team has a healthy Jimmy Smith, along with a mix of battle-tested veterans and young unheralded corners who are finally getting an opportunity.
A pair of quick three-and-outs meant the Ravens starting defense watched the final three quarters of Thursday's last-second 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints as satisfied but interested spectators when their backups took over. They watched the reserves concede five scoring drives in seven tries, not counting the Saints' Hail Mary attempt at the final whistle, and saw a unit that lacked experience struggle to meet the Ravens' lofty standard.
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at Joe Flacco's second-half touchdown pass to tight end Dennis Pitta in Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Ravens' Anquan Boldin was involved early and often in the second half, catching all five passes Joe Flacco threw his way while establishing a new franchise single-game playoff record with 145 receiving yards.