Tracy Morgan visits the Ravens locker room
The Ravens had a few mild surprises in their first round of pre-season moves Sunday afternoon.
They waived Damien Berry (RB), Rashaad Carter (WR), Jack Cornell (OL), Bryan Hall (LB), Ramon Harewood (OL), Moe Lee (CB), David Mims (OT), Will Pericak (DL), Gerrard Sheppard (WR), Tommy Streeter (WR) and Meshak Williams (LB). Also, they terminated the contract of vested veteran Visanthe Shiancoe (TE) and placed linebacker Adrian Hamilton on injured reserve (wrist surgery).
The Shiancoe and Harewood moves were interesting. Baltimore signed Shiancoe after Dennis Pitta's hip injury and subsequent surgery, which could end his season. But the Ravens also have others at tight end, like Billy Bajema, who played all of last season and rookie Matt Furstenburg. Shiancoe played college football at Morgan State and had done well with the Vikings.
After the Pitta injury, it looked like Shiancoe could fill that spot. But the Ravens then signed Dallas Clark, likely a much more dangerous receiver. It will be interesting to see how the Ravens use the bunch of tight ends they've got now since Bajema was all blocking last year, and Furstenburg is a rookie. Coach John Harbaugh's got plenty of options at that position.
Harewood started for a part of last season for the Ravens but had been battling some injury problems (knee) during camp. The offensive line is pretty well set, however, and playing time probably wouldn't be too available for him.
Streeter was one of the players that never quite developed into what the Ravens hoped for when they drafted him in 2012. Baltimore picked him in the sixth round out of Miami last year, and he spent the season on injured reserve (foot), placed there on Aug. 31.
Hall's the other interesting case. He was on last year's team and dropped 40-50 pounds this off-season as the Ravens tried to convert him from a defensive tackle to a linebacker, but Hall wound up being in the first group of cuts.
Also, the Ravens signed free-agent rookie quarterback Dayne Crist. The Tyrod Taylor situation remains unclear after he showed some signs of a concussion after last Thursday's game. He came out in the fourth quarter.