Baltimore Ravens waive five players

The Baltimore Ravens started making their final major cutdown by waiving five players on Friday.

There were no surprises in the five released: tight end Nathan Overbay, outside linebacker D.J. Roberts, center Reggie Stephens and defensive tackles Levi Brown and Derrick Hopkins.

Three of the Ravens waived were undrafted rookies (Hopkins, Brown and Roberts) and no one had more than two years of experience. Hopkins, from Virginia Tech, received the biggest signing bonus ($10,000) of any of the Ravens' undrafted players.

The Ravens have to make 17 more roster moves to get down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday.

Two of the moves will be placing running back Ray Rice (two games) and safety Will Hill (six games) on the suspended list. Another potential move is putting nose tackle Terrence Cody (hip) on the Physically Unable to Perform reserve list, which would sideline him for at least the first six games of the regular season.

The Ravens can sign 10 players to the practice squad, so they might only be cutting ties with four players Saturday.

Here is my projected 53-man roster for the Ravens.