Ravens Make Final Cuts; Roster Down to 53

You always hear coaches talk about how difficult this time of year is because of the cuts that have to be made. It means the end of the road for a bunch these players and no one ever wants to be the one to tell a young man that his dream is officially over.

But cuts are a reality in the NFL and this afternoon the Ravens waived 20 players, half of which were verterans. Among the notable names: Kicker Graham Gano, return specialist Yamon Figurs, receiver Justin Harper, cornerback Evan Oglesby, and halfback Cedric Peerman.

Tough breaks for Oglesby and Peerman, as they are both talented players. But in this case the Ravens were just so deep in the secondary and the backfield that it wasn’t worth the extra roster spot to keep the two.

Same deal for Figurs. He showed great promise in his rookie campaign of 2007. But he was very inconsistent last year and the Ravens indicated they were moving in a different direction this off-season in signing of Chris Carr and drafting Lardarius Webb. Both of whom are very dangerous returners.

I believe Figurs, Olglesby, and Peerman will all soon find spots on other NFL rosters.

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