Back Barnes among Ravens' last 10 cuts

Rookies Missouri, Waddell survive

ex-Vikes runner is eyed off waiver wire

September 03, 2001|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

The Ravens made their final 10 cuts yesterday and will start their Super Bowl title defense with nearly two-thirds of their playoff roster intact.

After trimming down to the league's 53-player roster limit, the only notable - yet expected - release was running back Chris Barnes, the team's fifth-round draft pick and biggest disappointment of training camp. Once listed as the backup to Jamal Lewis, Barnes picked up the reputation of being soft and quickly dropped down the depth chart.

The other remaining cuts were: wide receivers Germany Thompson and Kenyon Hambrick; offensive tackle Damion Cook; safeties Pete Destefano and Corey Gaines; defensive backs Delvin Hughley and Evan Howell; running back Aaron Kernek; and tight end Jonathan Burrough.

Thompson, who hurt his chances with subpar performances in the preseason, was a member of the 53-man Super Bowl roster, but was inactive for the game.

On the running back front, the Ravens began scanning the waiver wire last night.

As Super Bowl champions, they cannot claim a released player until he is passed over by the other 30 teams in the league.

Some of the backs cut yesterday were Minnesota's Moe Williams, who played under Ravens coach Brian Billick from 1996 to 1998; Philadelphia's Darnell Autry, who started seven games for the Eagles last season; Green Bay's De'Mond Parker, a 24-year-old back who averaged 5.0 yards on 54 career carries; and Dallas' John Avery, a former first-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins in 1998.

League sources said the Ravens have expressed interest in Williams, 27, who has 195 yards on 69 career carries and is considered a special teams standout. He became expendable to the Vikings after they traded for Travis Prentice.

As far as the Ravens' roster, they ultimately decided to carry an extra player on the offensive and defensive line.

With injured right tackle Leon Searcy holding a spot on the roster, the Ravens chose to keep both guards Bennie Anderson and Orlando Bobo.

The team had initial thoughts of trying to sneak Anderson onto the practice squad, but he was forced into the starting lineup this preseason after a rash of injuries and showed too much potential.

On the defensive line, tackle Kelly Gregg and end Dwayne Missouri each earned spots after big-play showings in the preseason finale against the New York Giants. That meant the final two roster spots were given to cornerback Reggie Waddell and fullback Alan Ricard.

Of the 53 players remaining yesterday, 33 of them were on the Ravens' Super Bowl roster (62 percent). The Ravens, though, have indicated that this is not their final roster and could add over the next few weeks.

"I think we have obviously a very veteran team," Billick said. "Not withstanding the running back situation, which obviously is fluid, I think across the board we have as solid of depth, experience and athleticism as we had last year. That's a good sign."

On Tuesday, the Ravens will form a five-player practice squad by reclaiming some players released yesterday. Cook and Hambrick both may be asked to return to the practice squad.

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