After the conclusion of the final preseason game, Ravens coaches had much to think about before making final roster cuts. Some impressed, and others didn’t.
LaQuan Williams showed off his ability to return punts, averaging over 30 yard per return. Other than one mental error, costing the Ravens about 10 yards, Williams proved that he can be a valuable asset to the Ravens. If I was running the team, Williams would make the team as the fifth receiver and return specialist.
Pernell McPhee played like a pro-bowl caliber player. The fifth round draft pick played to the caliber of a first rounder. Not only should McPhee make the team, but I think he can be a starter on the defensive line week 1 against the Steelers.
Rookie RB Anthony Allen seems to explode every time he touches the ball. There were two plays that were sure TDs if you could just have hit the accelerator earlier. I’d say that he IS the third running back. When a three yard carry is bad for you, you’ve had a great preseason, and that is just the way it has gone for Allen.
Chykie Brown had the play of the game last night, intercepting the John Parker Wilson pass and returning it for a TD. This play was the turning point of the game. The Ravens took the lead and never looked back after this. I’d keep Brown as the fifth CB and for special teams.
Hunter Cantwell entered the game early due to the injury to Tyrod Taylor. Even though David Reed and Torrey Smith didn’t help him much, he showed nothing. I would not keep him as a third quarterback. With Tyrod’s injury, the immediate need for a backup QB increases drastically. I see two options. Lure Bulger out of retirement, or sign Sage Rosenfels, as he is expected to be cut by the Giants
At the beginning of camp, Jalen Parmele was in contention for the no. 2 running back spot. He went back to third on the depth charts with Ricky Williams signing. Now, Parmele is fighting with Anthony Allen for the no. 3 spot, a battle he is losing. Parmele has not been able to do anything this preseason and didn’t rip off any big gains, whereas Allen seemed to have a big play every time he got the ball. From what my perspective, Parmele has lost his chance with the Ravens and needs to move on.
Domonique Foxworth is the highest played cornerback on the team, but he looks worse than Chris Carr. I know he is recovering from ACL surgery, but he is not playing at the same level he was before. He is constantly getting beat by receivers who are not no. 1, including rookie receiver Julio Jones. It’s time to let Foxworth go. This would free up a lot of cap room for needs elsewhere on the team, and give some playing to Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith.