The Ravens have cut receiver Tandon Doss and running back Bobby Rainey as they try to cut the roster down to the 53-player limit by Saturday's 6 p.m. deadline, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The Sun reported that the Ravens have also cut former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg, who was vying to make the team as a No. 3 tight end. Other cuts reportedly made on Saturday included defensive lineman Cody Larsen, offensive tackle J.J. Unga, offensive lineman Antoine McClain, tight end Billy Bajema and safety Omar Brown.
Cutting Doss, a third-year player out of Indiana, helps clear the logjam at wide receiver and means that undrafted rookie Marlon Brown and rookie Aaron Mellette are both likely to make the team. Doss began camp as the heir apparent to Anquan Boldin at slot receiver, but had an underwhelming start to camp, leading the Ravens to sign Brandon Stokley. Doss had his best preseason game in the finale at St. Louis with five catches for 75 yards, but apparently it won't be enough to earn a spot on the team.
Coach John Harbaugh hinted yesterday that the Ravens might try to ease the logjam at receiver via trade, and Doss was considered a likely trade chip, but that apparently didn't happen.
Rainey had another strong camp for the Ravens, and with the release of Delone Carter and Anthony Allen on Friday, it appeared Rainey was in line to win the job at No. 3 running back. But Rainey's best role is as a return specialist, and the Ravens already have Pro Bowl returner Jacoby Jones in that role. But if Rainey indeed is cut, that means the Ravens enter the season with just two running backs -- Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce -- along with two fullbacks in Vonta Leach and Kyle Juszczyk.
Rainey originally made the 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie last year, but then was released and re-signed to the practice squad before the season opener.
Cutting both Furstenburg and Bajema leaves the Ravens with just two healthy tight ends on the team -- Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark. Dennis Pitta is likely to appear on the final 53-man roster, but he will be moved to injured reserve Tuesday or Wednesday, possibly using the Injured Reserve-Designated to Return tag. Once that's done, a roster spot would be freed up.
Cutting Omar Brown means Brynden Trawick, an undrafted rookie from Troy, is likely to make the team, which has to be considered a mild surprise.
The Ravens have not formally announced these roster moves and are not likely to do so until the 6 p.m. deadline.