Owners voted to relax the standards for general manager interviews. Teams will not be forced to include final say over the 53-man roster as part of the job description, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB.
This one isn’t likely to have a tremendous impact on the hiring process one way or the other.
It used to be that teams had a deadline to get rosters down to 75 players prior to the last preseason game. Owners voted to eliminate that deadline. Now, teams will be able to cut their rosters from 90 to 53 men all at once, with the deadline falling two days after the final preseason game.
This one’s a little confusing. On one hand, it’s good for players on the bubble who may be able to use that last preseason contest to make an impression on coaches. On the other hand, at that point of the preseason, coaching staffs are pretty honed in on the guys they’re planning to keep.
His ability to stretch defenses downfield would be a welcome addition for a Ravens offense that ranked 30th last season in yards per catch. Wallace was supposed to be Baltimore’s deep threat, but the team’s lack of receiving depth pushed him into a No. 1 receiver role. Bringing Cruz in would give Joe Flacco an extra target to take some of the pressure from the 31-year-old’s shoulders, freeing him up to fly downfield and do some real damage for an inefficient offense.
An extra benefit for Cruz, should he sign with Baltimore? The Ravens are the most playoff-ready team of any of the receiver-needy squads to which he’s been linked.