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Baltimore Ravens 53-man Roster Prediction

August 28, 2018 - 10:53 am
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 By Joe Schiller

 

Quarterbacks

Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson

Robert Griffin III has put together an impressive preseason through four games but I’m siding with history here. The Ravens typically only take two quarterbacks and I believe that trend continues, especially after an improved performance from Lamar Jackson against the Miami Dolphins. Joe Flacco had shown the ability to stay healthy and a roster spot for Griffin is better allocated elsewhere. There's also a realistic chance Griffin is traded before roster cuts occur. 

 

Running Backs/Fullback

Alex Collins, Buck Allen, Kenneth Dixon, Pat Ricard

Collins, Allen, and Ricard are all locks while Kenneth Dixon has shown ability both as a runner and receiver the past two preseason games. A strong rookie season in 2016 should be enough to keep around over an undrafted rookie such as Gus Edwards or De’Lance Turner. There were similar talks at the position last season with Taquon Mizzell, who ended up missing out on the 53-man roster.

 

Wide Receivers

Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead, Chris Moore, Jordan Lasley, Janarion Grant

The questions lie beyond the top four receivers. It’s likely a battle for the two or three remaining spots between Lasley, Grant, Tim White and Breshad Perriman. Jaleel Scott’s IR stint provides some clarity and I believe the Ravens will consider the upside of Lasley and the burst of Grant as a returner for the fifth and sixth spots.

 

Tight Ends

Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams, 

Hurst will be sidelined three to four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot. And given the inconsistencies the Ravens have seen at tight end, they take four in this instance.

 

Offensive Line

Ronnie Stanley, James Hurst, Matt Skura, Alex Lewis, Marshal Yanda, Orlando Brown Jr., Jermaine Eluemunor, Nico Siragusa, Bradley Bozeman

Depth, depth, and more depth. That’s what the Ravens need on the offensive line after a plethora of injuries ravaged the unit last season. Eluemunor, Siragusa, and Bozeman will be key reserve offensive lineman after seeing a lot of preseason time. The question remains around the status of rookie Greg Senat, who’s undergoing tests on a toe/foot injury.

 

Defensive Line

Brandon Williams, Willie Henry, Brent Urban, Michael Pierce, Chris Wormley, Zach Sieler

Willie Henry will miss a few weeks after undergoing hernia surgery and much like the offensive line, depth is important in the trenches. Chris Wormley gets a chance to show strides in his second season and Zach Sieler makes the roster over Carl Davis and Bronson Kaufusi.

 

Inside Linebackers

C.J. Mosley, Patrick Onwuasor, Kenny Young, Chris Board

The trade to send Kamalei Correa to the Tennessee Titans may open up the door for veteran Albert McClellan but the Ravens should feel confident in Mosley and the two young linebackers alongside him along with Chris Board, who's had a solid preseason. 
 

Outside Linebackers

Terrell Suggs, Matt Judon, Za’Darius Smith, Tim Williams, Tyus Bowser

No real surprises here as the Ravens bolster a multitude of young and exciting pass rush talent that will be on display this season.

 

Cornerbacks

Brandon Carr, Marlon Humphrey, Tavon Young, Anthony Averett, Maurice Canady, Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Jimmy Smith will rejoin the Ravens after serving a four-game suspension, leaving an open spot heading into the regular season. For now, it’s riding the hot hand with Stanley Jean-Baptiste, who’s had a standout preseason. And unlike before, the Ravens are prepared to deal with Smith’s absence with depth behind Carr and Humphrey.

 

Safeties

Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine Sr., Chuck Clark

De’Shon Elliott surely would’ve made this list but the rookie will likely miss the entire season with a fractured forearm. Weddle and Jefferson pair up as potentially one of the best safety duos in the NFL while Levine and Clark provide depth.

 

Special Teams

Justin Tucker, Morgan Cox, Sam Koch

Kaare Vedvick has been a treat to watch but barring any unforeseen injuries, the trio of Tucker, Cox, and Koch are back again this season.