J. Ogden's little brother among Ravens' cuts

OWINGS MILLS – As the Baltimore Ravens released 13 players Monday, All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was angry and shocked that his younger brother was on the cut list. Offensive guard Marques Ogden, a Washington native who was on the team's practice squad last season, was cut prior to today's deadline to get down to 65 players.

"I completely disagree with the situation, I don't think it's right," Ogden said. "I do understand the nature of it because it is a business.

"That doesn't mean I got to like it and sit here and give you a happy song and dance. I think it sucks. Most times when people go, you don't see anyone related to him around."

Meanwhile, the Ravens cut struggling kickoff specialist candidates Rhys Lloyd and Owen Pochman. They worked out veteran Wade Richey, who was the team's kickoff specialist for the past two seasons.

Baltimore released two former Maryland players -- tight end Rob Abiamiri and wide receiver Curtis Williams -- along with running back Keith Burnell, wide receiver Fred Stamps, offensive lineman Lester Brown, defensive linemen Walter Curry and Tron LaFavor, defensive backs Bill Alford and Jarvis Johnson and linebacker Steve Josue.

The Ravens have five NFL Europe roster exemptions, but will have to make a few cuts today. They have until Sept. 4 to get down to 53 players, the same they day they can establish an eight-man practice squad.

Rookie linebacker Mike Smith, wide receiver Devard Darling and a few others are contending for a few final roster spots that will hinge on special-teams ability.

"They've got to weed out everyone that isn't supposed to be here," said undrafted rookie safety Chris Kelley, a former Maryland standout. "There's some relief at still being here, but not much because by this time next week you don't know if you're going to be here."

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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