Final Ravens 2017 Roster Prediction

Camp Notes Final Ravens 2017 Roster Prediction

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The moment of truth is here. There are sure to be some hard decision for the coaches and front office as they put the finishing touches on their final 53. It’s important to remember that whatever the “final” roster looks like, it’ll change almost immediately thereafter, as the team looks to make additional moves. For the most part, the fourth preseason game won’t make a major dent in the final roster decisions, but it certainly helped solidify positioning for a few players.

Without further ado, here’s our final 53-man roster projection:

Quarterbacks (2)

Who’s In: Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett

Analysis: Mallett has been a train wreck throughout the preseason, but he’s still making this team. Josh Woodrum is a fine practice squad candidate.

Running Backs (4)

Who’s In: Terrance West, Danny Woodhead, Javorius Allen, Taquan Mizzell

Analysis: Keeping four backs plus Ricard as the swing fullback/h-back seems like the optimal setup here.

Wide Receivers (6)

Who’s In: Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, Michael Campanaro, Chris Moore, Chris Matthews

Analysis: Matthews and Moore make the team on the strength of their special teams abilities. This is still easily one of the most fluid positions, though.

Tight Ends (3)

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

Analysis: This is a group that’s been ravaged by injuries. Given the track record of the three that should make the team, there’s a decent chance another veteran could be added to the mix once the season starts.

Offensive Line (8)

Who’s In: Ronnie Stanley, Marshal Yanda, Tony Bergstrom, Ryan Jensen, Matt Skura, Austin Howard, James Hurst, Jermaine Eluemunor

Analysis: The only major change from the last projection is Wesley didn’t make the final cut. With Hurst’s ability to play tackle at either spot, Wesley’s value is diminished, and he did nothing to strengthen his case. The acquisition of Bergstrom provides added flexibility.

[What’s Changed? See Roster Prediction 3.0 Here]

Defensive Line (8)

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

Analysis: If one of the “elite eight” aren’t inexplicably placed on IR, they’ll all make the team, with Ricard being a two-way player.

Linebackers (9)

Who’s In: Terrell Suggs, Matt Judon, C.J. Mosley, Kamalei Correa, Bam Bradley, Za’Darius Smith, Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, Patrick Onwuasor

Analysis: Bradley is the biggest benefactor here, and he’s absolutely earned a spot on the final roster.

Defensive Backs (10)

Who’s In: Jimmy Smith, Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, Brandon Carr, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine Sr., Chuck Clark, Marlon Humphrey, Maurice Canady, Jaylen Hill

Analysis: Canady makes the roster as a designated IR to return, meaning Sheldon Price is the odd man out.

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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