Ravens make first cuts on way to 53 players

AP

The Ravens have started the process of whittling down their roster to 75 players by releasing five guys who were long shots to make the roster this summer.

Baltimore announced that tight end Nathan Overbay (pictured), linebacker D.J. Roberts, center Reggie Stephens, defensive tackle Levi Brown and defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins have all been waived.

Overbay spent time on Houston’s practice squad last year and has bounced around the NFL since 2010. Stephens was on Baltimore’s practice squad in 2013 and has also made the rounds since entering the league as a 2010 seventh-round pick. The other three players were signed as undrafted free agents this spring.

The moves bring the Ravens to 70 players, leaving them with 17 more moves to make before Saturday’s deadline. Two of those moves will likely be taken care of when running back Ray Rice and safety Will Hill are placed on the suspended list. Defensive tackle Terrance Cody remains on the PUP list and transferring him to the regular season version would take care of one more bit of roster housekeeping in Baltimore.