After a shortened offseason with new rules and without preseason games, NFL teams must cut their rosters down to 53 players by 4 p.m. this Saturday, September 5th. Here is my prediction for the initial roster of the 2020 Baltimore Ravens.
Huntley may be the undrafted rookie free agent with the best chance to make the Ravens roster (some other candidates here). Huntley had an impressive camp and is a good fit for Baltimore’s offense. 2nd year QB Trace McSorley has the advantage of having spent 2019 with the team, but Huntley may have done enough to take the spot. Both are eligible for the practice squad.
Running Backs (4)
The 2019 Ravens shattered NFL rushing records. The 2020 Ravens are likely to follow suit and run the ball far more than any other team. Frequent rotation of four backs helps to keep everyone fresh for a playoff run.
Wide Receivers (5)
Jaleel Scott just wrapped up his best offseason as a Raven, but it wasn’t quite enough to earn one of the team’s final roster spots. Another name missing from this list? Chris Moore. If Moore’s finger injury keeps him off of the initial roster, there is a strong possibility that he will be re-signed when he’s fully healthy and ready to play.
Tight Ends/Fullbacks (4)
Whether or not the Ravens keep a fourth TE/FB is one of the most interesting roster questions surrounding the team this season. Using Ricard as the third TE would save a roster spot, but would put the team just one gameday injury away from having to scrap portions of their playbook. To start the season, I think that the Ravens keep the veteran Adams around and try to get Eli Wolf and/or Charles Scarff onto their practice squad.
Offensive Linemen (9)
- Ronnie Stanley
- Bradley Bozeman
- Matt Skura
- D.J. Fluker
- Orlando Brown Jr.
- Patrick Mekari
- Ben Bredeson
- Tyre Phillips
- Will Holden
Unless someone suffers a mysterious injury over the next few days, Ben Powers may be the odd man out in Baltimore. A second-year guard out of Oklahoma, Powers is a player who I thought was an excellent value pick in the 4th round of the 2019 draft. Unfortunately for him, the Ravens need a swing tackle and are unlikely to cut either of the rookies. Holden earns the spot for now, but don’t be surprised if the Ravens try to add another veteran tackle. Powers is eligible for the practice squad.
Defensive Linemen (6)
Williams, Campbell and Wolfe form a dangerous starting trio. The Ravens would probably rather not keep six DL, but the rookies (Madibuike and Washington) both make the squad and Justin “Jelly” Ellis is the only natural backup to Brandon Williams at NT. Rookie UDFA Aaron Crawford should make the practice squad.
Outside Linebackers (5)
Ward could be counted as a DL or an OLB. Regardless of what you call him, his versatility saves the Ravens a roster spot. Look for rookie UDFAs like John Daka and Chauncey Rivers to be brought back as members of the practice squad.
Inside Linebackers (4)
Queen and Fort are the Week 1 starters for the Ravens. Board, with his special teams ability, edges out Otaro Alaka for the fourth spot. The Ravens will undoubtedly try to bring Alaka back as a member of the practice squad.
Keeping just CBs is risky, but this is one of the NFL’s best groups. If healthy, Iman Marshall would have been here as the 6th CB. Rookie UDFA Josh Nurse has a chance to make the roster, but he is currently dealing with (ed note: nursing?) an injury. Nurse should be a priority addition to the Ravens practice squad.
Richards’ experience on special teams earns him the spot over rookie UDFA Nigel Warrior. When assembling a practice squad, Warrior will be one of the top priorities. If he doesn’t make the initial roster, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him elevated sometime during the 2020 season.
Special Teams (3)
The “Wolfpack” returns for another season.