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Ravens roster decisions: 10 more moves to make

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With 63 players remaining on the roster, the Ravens need to make 10 more moves by 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Omar Brown, seen stripping the ball from Rams receiver Brian Quick, probably did enough this preseason to earn a roster spot.
Omar Brown, seen stripping the ball from Rams receiver Brian Quick, probably did enough this preseason to earn a roster spot.
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Ten more Ravens moves must be made until the roster is finalized, at least for the time being.

And that doesn't take into consideration any surprise veteran signings that could take place over the next few days.

Two moves that could trim the roster without causing any roster casualties are moving tight end Dennis Pitta (dislocated and fractured hip) and center/guard Ryan Jensen (broken foot) to injured reserved. Pitta could be considered a candidate for the injured reserve-designated to return list.

Two more moves that will automatically happen to open the year are suspensions to cornerback Asa Jackson (PEDs) and safety Christian Thompson (substance abuse policy). Jackson is suspended for eight games and Thompson is suspended for four games. While those two are out, they won't count against the 53-man roster total.

If the IR moves happen along with the suspensions, Baltimore will have six remaining moves to make. Here's a list of Baltimore players that have at least something to worry about in relation to Baltimore meeting the NFL's 53-man roster requirement:

Tandon Doss: Doss had a lackluster preseason until Thursday night against St. Louis. Baltimore has hoped he could be a slot receiver like Anquan Boldin was.

Aaron Mellette: Mellette could wind up being a pretty solid NFL possession receiver with the Ravens. He has a lot of upside and would be hard to pass up on.

Marlon Brown: With what he's done the past two weeks, how do you pass on this kind of talent? His size, speed and explosiveness after the catch makes him an intriguing option for this offense. But do the Ravens actually need eight receivers?

Jah Reid: Reid hasn't shown much improvement since his first year with the Ravens. That said, he's familiar with the system and isn't too much of a liability when needed.

Antoine McClain: A practice squad guy a year ago, McClain is on the verge of a 53-man roster spot. He played all 72 snaps Thursday night and could be a viable backup if brought on.

Bobby Rainey: On talent alone, Rainey should make it. But not many backfields already have Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce in them, with the desire to also keep two fullbacks.

Joe Unga: It's surprising he's lasted this long, but Unga has been fairly solid through camp. He could be a practice squad candidate once final cuts are made.

Billy Bajema: It's either the veteran or the rookie for the final tight end spot. The Ravens will get a solid blocking tight end with Bajema, if they decide to keep him.

Matt Furstenburg: There's a lot to like about Furstenburg as a receiving tight end. He's got a decent combination of power and speed, which could allow Baltimore to team him up with Ed Dickson in certain packages.

Cody Larsen: Larsen would seem to be a long shot to make this roster, though the fact he's made it this far should tell you the young undrafted free agent has some talent.

DeAngelo Tyson: With Marc Anthony getting cut Thursday, Tyson's chances of making the 53-man roster just went up some. That might be enough to keep him on another year.

Brynden Trawick: He's had a pretty good preseason, which included blocking a punt in the first preseason contest against Tampa Bay. But the depth is too much for a 53-man roster spot.

Omar Brown: Brown's played well enough to be on the 53-man roster. But you could make a case that he did so last year, too.

Anthony Levine: Levine made a push for the fourth safety spot, which will probably go to Brown if the Ravens do in fact keep four safeties to start the year.

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