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Camp Notes 53 Man Roster Projection 1.0

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This is going to be one of the more challenging 53-man roster projections in recent memory. We knew coming into the preseason that the Ravens had arguably their most talented group of undrafted free agents (UDFAs), and the group hasn’t disappointed through a little more than two weeks of training camp and one preseason debut. With the UDFAs making their push on an injury-riddled roster, the coaching staff and front office will have some difficult decisions ahead when it come to the ultimate cut down day.

Here’s our first 53-man roster projection:

Quarterbacks (2)

Who’s In: Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett

Analysis: Mallett’s hold on this roster spot is certainly tenuous at best. Josh Woodrum has all of a sudden made a strong case to be considered ahead of the consistently inconsistent QB.

Running Backs (4)

Who’s In: Terrance West, Danny Woodhead, Javorius Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro

Analysis: The incumbent, Taliaferro, gets the nod this time over rookie Ricky Ortiz because he offers flexibility as an RB backup.

Wide Receivers (7)

Who’s In: Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, Chris Moore, Quincy Adeboyejo, Tim White, Michael Campanaro

Analysis: Picking three receivers or four receivers behind Perriman, Maclin, and Wallace will be the toughest call. Normally the Ravens go with six but they have more talent to work with this season. Campanaro and Reynolds are obviously going to get heavy consideration just based on their return abilities alone, but you have to like the versatility that White brings in the return game to make up the difference. The staff won’t be able to expose White and Adeboyejo to the practice squad without getting burned.

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Photo Credit: Baltimore Ravens

Tight Ends (3)

Who’s In: Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams, Ben Watson

Analysis: Not much to say here, this should be the trio that sticks, assuming they can stay healthy.

Offensive Line (9)

Who’s In: Ronnie Stanley, Marshal Yanda, Alex Lewis, Ryan Jensen, Matt Skura, Austin Howard, James Hurst, Jermaine Eluemunor, De’Ondre Wesley

Analysis: The biggest takeaway here is that Eluemunor and Skura look like viable backup options at the guard spots, with Skura also bringing backup center versatility.

Defensive Line (7)

Who’s In: Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Brent Urban, Carl Davis, Willie Henry, Bronson Kaufusi, Chris Wormley

Analysis: This is a loaded line, and it’s going to be tough to keep all of these players together at the final cut down stage. However, the team can’t take health for granted, especially given their recent history, so keeping this a stacked unit makes sense.

Ravens 2017 projected 53 man roster

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Linebackers (8)

Who’s In: Terrell Suggs, Matt Judon, C.J. Mosley, Kamalei Correa, Albert McClellan, Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, Patrick Onwuasor

Analysis: The notable name not mentioned here is Za’Darius Smith. It’ll be tough for him to make it over the other OLBs. Onwuasor offers special teams value and he looked fast to the ball against the Redskins.

Defensive Backs (10)

Who’s In: Jimmy Smith, Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, Brandon Carr, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine Sr., Brandon Boykin, Marlon Humphrey, Sheldon Price, Jaylen Hill

Analysis: Depth has to be at a premium for a unit that’s traditionally been ravaged by injuries. The plus for the Ravens is that Levine and Webb offer versatility to play safety and corner (Webb more so than Levine).

Specialists (3)

Who’s In: Justin Tucker, Sam Koch, Morgan Cox

Analysis: Nothing to see here, the Wolf Pack is intact.

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