With training camp on the horizon for the Baltimore Ravens, the group of players with whom will kick off the preseason is starting to take shape.
Between now and early September, the Ravens will trim the 90-man roster down to 53 players, which will lead to several tough decisions over the next three months.
What could the final 53-man roster look like for the Ravens this season? Let’s take a look.
Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson, and Robert Griffin III
The difference here compared to previous years is the decision to carry three quarterbacks. Flacco and Jackson are locks, and having Griffin III could be solid insurance, especially if Jackson takes some time to develop.
Running Back (3)
Alex Collins, Buck Allen, and Kenneth Dixon
The potential wild card is Dixon, who is coming off both injury and suspension. If he is a full-go for Week 1, then this group may be solidified already, depending on if any major additions are made.
Not much competition here. The biggest threat to Ricard’s roster spot is if the Ravens opt to simply not carry a fullback at all. But with Ricard’s versatility, he can prove to be a valuable asset.
Tight End (4)
Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams, Hayden Hurst, and Mark Andrews
The player at most risk is Williams, who needs to stay healthy between now and September in order to prove worthy of a roster spot.
Wide Receiver (6)
Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead, Chris Moore, Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley
Perhaps the most difficult position to forecast, the first four names above seem like locks, and Scott and Lasley will be hard to not keep as they were fourth and fifth-round picks, respectively. Outside of this group of six, the Ravens have the likes of Breshad Perriman, DeVier Posey, Tim White, Quincy Adeboyejo and Vince Mayle.
Offensive Line (8)
Ronnie Stanley, Alex Lewis, Matt Skura, Marshal Yanda, Orlando Brown Jr., James Hurst, Bradley Bozeman, and Nico Siragusa
Two notable omissions are second-year guard Jermaine Eluemunor and rookie tackle Greg Senat. Both will need stellar training camps in order to solidify their roster spots.
Defensive Line (7)
Brent Urban, Chris Wormley, Bronson Kaufusi, Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Willie Henry, and Carl Davis
When healthy, this is a promising bunch. But Urban, Kaufusi and Davis have had injuries in recent years, so they are the ones to watch in regards to a potential spot opening up for a new face.
Edge Rusher (5)
Terrell Suggs, Matt Judon, Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, and Za’Darius Smith
Perhaps the positional group with the least turnover since the end of last season, there is not much to keep an eye on here, other than Kamalei Correa potentially emerging more as an edge rusher and pushing a current outside linebacker off the final roster.
Inside Linebacker (4)
C.J. Mosley, Patrick Onwuasor, Kenny Young and Kamalei Correa
The selection of Young may be a way for the Ravens to backfill the aging Albert McClellan. As noted above, Correa stays here now for the sake of sorting, but could be classified as more of a pass rusher depending on how training camp shakes out.
Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Anthony Averett, Tavon Young
Some promising young cornerbacks such as Maurice Canady and Jaylen Hill miss the cut, but if Smith and Young are healthy for Week 1, it is hard to justify keeping more than five corners.
Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, DeShon Elliott,, Anthony Levine
A name to keep an eye on is Chuck Clark, the second-year safety who may be at risk of being superseded by Elliott, a rookie.
Special Teams (3)
Sam Koch, Justin Tucker and Morgan Cox
Same thing, different year. No changes here.
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