Thursday, September 10, 2009
From Aaron Wilson's "Ravens pare roster to 53"
September 6, 2009
OWINGS MILLS — Reacting to a series of uneven preseason performances, the Baltimore Ravens released five wide receivers on Saturday during their final major roster cutdown as they parted ways with Justin Harper and Yamon Figurs while signaling interest in former New York Giants wide receiver and special-teams ace David Tyree.
Plus, the Ravens cut rookie kicker Graham Gano and informed Steve Hauschka that he’s their choice to succeed veteran kicker Matt Stover.
The Ravens cut Harper, a big, athletic former seventh-round draft pick who repeatedly struggled with his hands, and Figurs, a former third-round draft pick who was replaced as the primary returner to Chris Carr this offseason.
Hauschka converted 5 of 6 field goals this preseason, locking up the job when he hit field goals from 46 and 33 yards in the final preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons
"Steve is really excited and has worked very hard," said Hauschka’s agent, Neil Cornrich. "He’s got a lot of ability and he’s honored that the Ravens chose him to be their kicker. Obviously, he follows a great kicker in Matt Stover. Steve has learned a lot from John Harbaugh and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg. This is a great opportunity for him."