On Saturday, the Baltimore Ravens activated cornerback Maurice Canady to the 53 man roster. Canady was on the injured reserve since week one but was cleared to return last week. The Ravens had a 21 day period to activate Canady to the active roster, or he would return to the injured reserve. To make room for Canady, the Baltimore Ravens needed to waive one player from the active roster. The Ravens waived interior offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu. The Ravens signed Grasu earlier in the season to add depth to an injury-devastated offensive line. Grasu started once for the Baltimore Ravens and acted as a fill-in lineman for the rest of his time.
The Baltimore Ravens like what Maurice Canady brings to the table. The young cornerback has shown promise in his young NFL career. His biggest play came last year, against the Indianapolis Colts. Canady knocked down a pass late in the game to force a Ravens victory late in the season. Canady is a member of the deepest secondary groups in the country. Aside from Canady, the Ravens have four strong cornerbacks. Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr, and Marlon Humphrey are all above average pass defenders, and Tavon Young is excellent as a slot cornerback.
The Baltimore Ravens saw no dilemma in mulling how to handle Maurice Canady’s situation. The decision was easy to make, as Canady is a developing defensive back, and the Ravens no longer need the extra offensive line depth. Baltimore will have to make a similar decision soon, as running back Kenneth Dixon was also cleared from the injured reserve. Dixon is competing with four other running backs, Alex Collins, Javorius Allen, Ty Montgomery, and last week’s breakout player, Gus Edwards. The Ravens cannot move forward with five running backs and will have to decide whether or not it is worth cutting another back for Dixon.