Ravens sign Ross & 4 others, waive five

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The Ravens have gotten their roster down to 90 heading into training camp.

After hosting a handful of veteran cornerbacks at the minicamp this past week, the Ravens officially signed two of them.  Aaron Ross and Dominque Franks will join the Ravens for training camp, and will battle the current rostered players for the coveted roster spot.  Franks impressed during minicamp, displaying good athleticism and ability to track the receiver and football down the field.

In addition to Ross and Franks, the Ravens signed two linebackers.  Austin Spitler, 27, spent his first four years in Miami as a backup linebacker and special teamer.  Nick DiMarco is an undrafted free agent who is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end.  He apparently made enough of an impression to earn an invite to camp.

The final player added is former Chargers wide receiver, Mike Willie.  Willie, 24, spent the past two years in San Diego after entering the league as an undrafted free agent.  He hasn’t played in an NFL game, holding a practice squad spot instead.  Willie is 6-foot-2 and played his college ball at Arizona State, where he 72 career receptions for 897 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons.  He transferred from Cerritos Community College where he amassed 76 receptions for 1,106 yards and four touchdowns.

To make room for these players, the Ravens cut ties with undrafted rookies, cornerback Avery Patterson, cornerback Dexter Moody and linebacker Xavius Boyd.  These moves are in addition to the week’s earlier moves releasing wide receiver Aaron Mellette and linebacker Adrian Hamilton after both players failed physicals.

Of the added players, Ross appears to be the only one I would say is likely to make the roster.  The others will need to continue to impress to avoid being one of the 37 players without a jersey in September.

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