Ravens' 53-man roster is anything but final

Ravens' 53-man roster is anything but final
August 31, 2014, 11:00 am
(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

So the tough decisions have been made, the players have been notified, and the Ravens 53-man roster is set.

Or is it?

Final 53-man roster? More like first 53-man roster, and one that, in the Ravens case, could change as soon as Sunday, the day after the so-called final roster was set.

Two years ago, defensive back Danny Gorrer made the Ravens 53-man roster. Four days later, he was cut and the Ravens signed safety James Ihedigbo, who was among the Patriots' final cuts. Last year, LaQuan Williams made the "final" roster. His euphoria over making the team was short-lived; he was waived the next day, which allowed the Ravens to sign linebacker Robert James.

This year, the Ravens have unveiled a 53-man roster with seven wide receivers and just four cornerbacks. Ozzie Newsome and Co. like to say that "you can never have too many corners," but four is not very many corners, especially since three of them have been sidelined for a decent portion of the preseason. Lardarius Webb, one of the starting corners, didn't play at all in the preseason, though he returned to the practice field on Saturday doing individual drills.

Although safety Anthony Levine experimented at cornerback in the preseason, and safety Terrence Brooks got some experience at nickel back, the Ravens will need solid, proven cornerback play. And they'll need it right away with the Bengals and Steelers bringing quality quarterbacks and receivers to M&T Bank Stadium in the first two weeks. 

The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported that cornerback Derek Cox, one of the final cuts Saturday, could be re-signed as soon as Sunday, which would require a roster move. It's also possible the Ravens will comb through the waiver wire -- several hundred players were released in the past few days -- and find help, as they did with Ihedigbo two years ago.

After the draft, Newsome said, "We’re not done as far as building this football team." He could have said the same thing on Saturday after the roster was set.

There will be changes, perhaps as soon as Sunday.

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