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Baltimore Ravens cut 18 players, including returner Asa Jackson

Matt Rourke/AP

Most significant move: Cutting returner Asa Jackson. This isn't surprising after Jackson fumbled punts in each of the last two preseason games. But his release forces them to replace someone who fielded most of the punts this preseason. Michael Campanaro is the likely top candidate even though he's inexperienced in that role in the NFL. He only returned two kicks last year as a rookie and ran back one punt this preseason. But the Baltimore Ravens envisioned Campanaro to take a Julian Edelman-type role when they drafted him in the seventh round last year. The Ravens' other options are Lardarius Webb and Steve Smith. The most notable returner released Saturday was Jeremy Ross, who was cut by the Detroit Lions.

What's next: The Ravens need to find a healthy third running back. Baltimore cut Terrence Magee and Fitzgerald Toussaint, leaving the team with starter Justin Forsett, rookie fourth-round pick Buck Allen and injured backup Lorenzo Taliaferro. With Taliaferro expected to miss multiple weeks with a sprained knee, it would be risky for the Ravens to carry just two healthy backs into the Sept. 13 season opener at Denver. When the Ravens place defensive end Brent Urban on the injured reserve-designated for return list on Sunday, Baltimore can use that roster spot on re-signing Terrence Magee or an experienced free-agent runner. Jonas Gray, a former Ravens practice squad, player was cut by the Patriots on Saturday.

Rare move: Waiving guard Robert Myers, a fifth-round pick, was a mild surprise based only on his pedigree. The last time the Ravens cut this high of a draft pick in his rookie season was 2009, when they released tight end Davon Drew (fifth round). Myers struggled so much that it essentially forced the Ravens' hand, although he could be re-signed to the practice squad. Still, Myers becomes just the Ravens' seventh draft pick in the John Harbaugh era to get let go in the same year was drafted. By doing so, the Ravens are carrying just eight offensive linemen.

Big turnover: There are only 23 players remaining from the Ravens team that nearly upset eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the AFC divisional game. That means 57 percent of that team is gone just eight months later. The turnover is even more astounding when you look at the Ravens' 2012 Super Bowl team. By the Ravens parting ways with Jackson and defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, only 11 players are still in the Ravens' organization from that championship 53-man roster. That list includes three starters on offense (quarterback Joe Flacco and guards Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele) and two on defense (linebackers Terrell Suggs and Courtney Upshaw).

Ravens moves: Traded: C Nick Easton (to 49ers for undisclosed draft pick); Cut: CB Asa Jackson, OL Jah Reid, G Robert Myers, CB Cassius Vaughn, WR Jeremy Butler, RB Terrence Magee, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, FB Kiero Small, LB Brennen Beyer, S Nick Perry, TE Konrad Reuland, WR Tom Nelson, CB Quinton Pointer, WR Daniel Brown, OT Blaine Clausell, LB Andrew Bose, G Kaleb Johnson and QB Bryn Renner. Injury-waived: DE DeAngeo Tyson, DT Micajah Reynolds. Injured reserve: LB Zach Thompson (head).