The Ravens won’t have many surprises when it comes to who makes the final 53-man roster.
Much of the intrigue comes with the players who might be on the outside looking in.
Here’s an early look at how this year’s team will likely shape up.
Starter: Lamar Jackson
Backups: Tyler Huntley and Trace McSorley
Bubble: Kenji Bahar
Skinny: While Jackson is the starter, it will be a fun battle for the No. 2 job between McSorley and Huntley. Both backups played well in their limited time and allowed the Ravens to part ways with RG3.
Starter: J.K. Dobbins
Backups: Gus Edwards and Justice Hill
Bubble: Ty’Son Williams and Nate McCrary
Skinny: Dobbins emerged as one of the team’s top playmakers and allowed the team to part ways with Mark Ingram, who signed with Houston. While Dobbins is lightning, Edwards provides the thunder, and they’ll be one of the most effective 1-2 punches in the NFL. Hill will continue to make an impact on special teams but could be in the mix for more carries.
Starter: Patrick Ricard
Backup: Ben Mason
Skinny: Both Ricard and Mason an also play tight end. Ricard is a two-time Pro Bowler and a free agent in 2022. Mason could step into that role down the line. For now, he might start the season on the practice squad.
Starters: Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins
Backups: Rashod Bateman, Miles Boykin, Devin Duvernay, and Tylan Wallace
Bubble: James Proche, Deon Cain, Jaylon Moore, Donte Sylencieux and Binjimen Victor
Skinny: This is the most intriguing position heading into training camp. If the Ravens only carry six players at wide receiver, then a talented player could be left off the roster.
Starters: Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle
Backups: Eric Tomlinson, Josh Oliver
Bubble: Jake Breeland, Eli Wolf and Tony Poljan
Skinny: Andrews is due for a new contract. Boyle is still recovering from a season-ending knee injury, which could impact this unit. Tomlinson, Oliver, Breeland and Wolf will battle for perhaps the final two spots. Breeland and Wolf are also practice squad candidates.
Starters: Ronnie Stanley and Alejandro Villanueva
Backup: Tyre Phillips
Bubble: Andre Smith, Adrian Ealy and Foster Sarell
Skinny: The addition of Villanueva allows Phillips to get more seasoning after being thrust into the lineup last season. Stanley should be available after suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Smith could make the team with a solid training camp.
Starters: Ben Cleveland, Bradley Bozeman and Kevin Zeitler
Backups: Ben Powers, Ben Bredeson, Patrick Mekari
Bubble: Trystan Colon-Castillo and Greg Mancz
Skinny: Bozeman will likely make the transition from left guard to center, but the team has not made a formal announcement. Zeitler will provide stability at right guard and the Ravens have depth across the line. Colon-Castillo will challenge Mekari for the backup job at center.
Starters: Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams, Derek Wolf
Backups: Justin Madubuike, Justin Ellis, and Broderick Washington
Bubble: Chauncey Rivers, Xavier Kelly, Aaron Crawford, and Braxton Hoyett
Skinny: Campbell missed some time last season with a calf injury. Madubuike and Washington will play bigger roles after solid rookie seasons. The biggest question is which bubble players might make the practice squad.
Starters; Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison
Backups: L.J. Fort and Chris Board
On the bubble: Kristian Welch, Blake Gallagher and Otaro Alaka
Skinny: Queen is primed to have another solid season after leading the team in tackles. Harrison should hold down the other starting job with a full offseason under his belt. Fort and Board provide a veteran presence and will get plenty of snaps. Gallagher is a wild card to make the team as an undrafted rookie.
Starters: Tyus Bowser and Odafe Oweh
Backups: Pernell McPhee, Jaylon Ferguson, and Daelin Hayes
Bubble: Aaron Adeoye and Barrington Wade
Skinny: The Ravens are bullish on Oweh and he’ll play a key role as a rookie. Bowser re-signed this offseason and could take another step in his development. McPhee, Ferguson and Hayes provide valuable depth.
Starters: Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters
Backups: Tavon Young, Jimmy Smith, Anthony Averett, Brandon Stephens, and Shaun Wade
Bubble: Davontae Harris, Iman Marshall, Khalil Dorsey and Chris Westry
Skinny: The biggest question is how many cornerbacks the Ravens might carry to protect themselves from injuries. Wade and Stephens are wild cards for playing time. Marshall has the versatility to play safety but he needs to show he can stay healthy.
Starters: Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott
Backups: Jordan Richards, Anthony Levine Sr., and Brandon Stephens
Bubble: Ar’Darius Washington, Nigel Warrior and Geno Stone
Skinny: The Ravens could still use more depth, especially at free safety. Washington is an undrafted rookie and undersized, but has a nose for the football. He’s a player to keep an eye on.
Starters: Justin Tucker, Sam Koch, and Nick Moore
Bubble: Johnny Townsend and Brain Khoury
Skinny: The Wolfpack was broken up after the Ravens decided to part ways with long-snapper Morgan Cox. However, Tucker and Koch provide stability. Moore will have an opportunity to show he can replace Cox adequately.