The Baltimore Ravens made 22 moves on Saturday, trimming their roster to the NFL-mandated 53 players. Here's a closer look at the final cuts:
Most significant move: Cutting running back Justin Forsett. But this has the makings of being a temporary move. No one should be surprised if the Ravens bring back Forsett after making some additional moves to the roster. Forsett, the team's leading rusher the past two seasons, seemingly made light of the move on Twitter, writing, "The plot thickens ..." If the Ravens re-sign Forsett, the running back situation is still a clouded one. Terrance West could end up taking some carries from Forsett or become the team's red zone back at the very least. And rookie fourth-round draft pick Kenneth Dixon will figure prominently into the mix after he returns in about three weeks from a sprained knee.
Most significant non-move: Keeping offensive lineman James Hurst and seven cornerbacks. Hurst's fate seemed sealed a year ago, when he got pushed back into Joe Flacco's knee (leading to the season-ending injury). Hurst was then benched in favor of Kelechi Osemele at left tackle. The Ravens ultimately decided to keep Hurst, who has primarily been playing guard this season over Vladimir Ducasse. The other development was holding on to seven cornerbacks: Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Jerraud Powers, Tavon Young, Will Davis, Sheldon Price and Maurice Canady. The general thinking was this: The final spot was between Davis and Price, and they kept both. Baltimore kept only five corners in last year's cut-down day, and Smith is the only returning corner of that group (the others were Lardarius Webb, Kyle Arrington, Rashaan Melvin and Tray Walker).
Hester to Ravens seems more likely: Parting ways with Keenan Reynolds and Michael Campanaro significantly increases the chances of the Ravens signing Devin Hester or another established returner. Hester has worked out for Baltimore the past two days. The Ravens entered training camp with the hope of either Reynolds or Campanaro securing the returner job. Neither did. Reynolds struggled with fielding punts and Campanaro failed to stay healthy. The returner spot has been an unsettled one for Baltimore since cutting Jacoby Jones last year. The Ravens went through five punt returners (Kaelin Clay, Jeremy Ross, Lardarius Webb, Steve Smith Sr. and Campanaro) in 2015, but they still ranked third in the NFL with an 11.3-yard return average.
Quick exit for third-rounder: Waiving safety Terrance Brooks. Yes, he struggled this summer and underachieved throughout his career. But this is the first time in nine years that the Ravens have given up on a third-round pick after two seasons. The last third-rounder to have as short of a stint was returner Yamon Figurs in 2007. There's also the fact that Baltimore is thin at that position. Rookie cornerback Maurice Canady looks to be the No. 4 safety behind Eric Weddle, Webb and Kendrick Lewis. With Brooks gone, only five of the nine players drafted two years ago are currently on the 53-man roster.
Ravens' moves: Placed WR Michael Campanaro (calf), WR Chris Matthews (undisclosed injury) and OT De'Ondre Wesley (undisclosed) on injured reserve. Cut RB Justin Forsett, G Vladimir Ducasse and QB Josh Johnson. Waived WR-PR Keenan Reynolds, LB Arthur Brown, S Terrence Brooks, WR Jeremy Butler, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, LB Victor Ochi, OT Blaine Clausell, TE Daniel Brown, DB Julian Wilson, LB Brennen Beyer, RB Stephen Houston, ILB Patrick Onwuasor and C Matt Skura. Injury-waived CB Carrington Byndom. Suspended list: TE Nick Boyle (10 games), TE Darren Waller (four games).