The defending Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens, are getting ready to kickoff their title defense. This season will be the first which does not include future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
A lot of questions surround the team with the changes that occurred in the off-season. The heart and soul of their defense was Lewis and Reed without question. The team also parted ways with Cary Williams, Anquan Boldin, Paul Kruger, and Dannell Ellerbe.
This is going to be an interesting team moving forward. A lot of credit goes to head coach Jon Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome for sticking to their guns and holding to the championship blueprint they created.
All NFL teams have to get down to their final 53 man rosters by Saturday. With the Ravens coming up on a short week, they are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos on Thursday September 5th, they started making their roster moves early.
The following players were cut:
Running back Anthony Allen, cornerback Marc Anthony, linebacker Nigel Carr, running back Delone Carter, inside linebacker Brandon Copeland, quarterback Caleb Hanie and Dayne Crist, offensive tackles Jordan Devey and Rogers Gaines, center Reggie Stephens, and tight end Alex Silvestro.
D.J Bryant who plays outside linebacker was placed on injured reserve.
With the team cutting two quarterbacks, the Ravens appear ready to start the season with just Joe Flacco and Tyrod Taylor.
Expect the Ravens to continue to be a strong force in the AFC as they look to defend their championship from a year ago. Joe Flacco and Ray Rice will be the center of the offense. Expect Jacoby Jones and Torry Smith to have very solid years now that Anquan Boldin is residing in San Francisco.
At the end of the day, the Ravens will put together a solid 53 man roster that will look to become the first repeat Super Bowl champions since the 2004, 2005 New England Patriots.
Contributing Writer: JDawg