With the decision that first-round pick Breshad Perriman was heading to injured reserve, the Ravens wanted to make some more moves with their roster. The Ravens have cut cornerback Asa Jackson and wide receiver Jeremy Ross today, both seeing a majority of the time on special teams.
Asa Jackson had bounced from the Ravens before being waived and signed by the New York Giants. The Giants would waive him just 2 days later, allowing Jackson to sign with the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Following a week 4 matchup against the Cleveland Browns where the Ravens secondary allowed journeyman quarterback Josh McCown to throw for nearly 500 yards, the Raven brought Jackson up to the 53-man roster.
Jackson would be primarily used on special teams, where he had quite a few splash plays, including a blocked punt against the Arizona Cardinals.
Sadly for Jackson, he would be injured against the Jaguars and had a growing penalty issue that he had shown throughout his career. While an extremely talented player, Jackson routinely shot himself and the Ravens in the foot as often as he made big plays.
Jeremy Ross was signed in the preseason to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad after having shown some ability as a return specialist and extra wide receiver. Promoted just prior to week 4, Ross saw himself become the main return guy on both punts and kickoffs, giving the Ravens excellent field position and answering one of the more burning questions of training camp.
However, fumble problems became an issue for Ross helping put backup running back Raheem Mostert into the role of kickoff returner where he too excelled. With a costly fumble against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ross was a much easier decision to make as his turnover problem became greater than his value to the team. It is expected that Mostert will take over as the punt returner as well.