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Breaking Down the Ravens’ 53-man Roster

September 03, 2018 - 9:47 am
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By Joe Schiller

Roster cut deadline day has come and gone and the Baltimore Ravens have finalized their 53-man roster.

While it’s subjected to change before the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, here’s a look at what the Ravens are working with.

 

Quarterbacks (3)

Joe Flacco, RGIII, Lamar Jackson

Analysis: Perhaps the biggest news of the 53-man roster was keeping RGIII, despite trade rumors. The Ravens will keep three quarterbacks for the first time since 2009. The move makes sense and Griffin acts as the insurance policy so Lamar Jackson isn’t thrown into the fire if Joe Flacco suffers a serious injury. Credit to Griffin, he kept his head down, worked his tail off and has a stable job in the NFL.

 

Running Backs/Fullback (4)

Alex Collins, Buck Allen, Kenneth Dixon, Pat Ricard

Analysis: Some expected Gus Edwards, Mark Thompson or De’Lance Turner to sneak in but Kenneth Dixon secures the No. 3 spot behind Collins and Allen. The Ravens are relying on Dixon to resurrect the production from his rookie season in 2016. He’ll look to avoid injuries and suspensions to play his first full 16-game season. Not all is lost for the undrafted backs as Edwards and Turner make the practice squad.

 

Wide Receivers (6)

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

Analysis: Tim White to the practice squad and Janarion Grant becomes one of three undrafted rookies to make the 53-man roster. The Rutgers product figures to be one of the top return options but questions still loom heading into the season. And after an inconsistent preseason, Lasley will have a chance to develop behind the top four receivers and the biggest news comes with the release of former first-round pick Breshad Perriman.

 

Tight Ends (4)

Hayden Hurst, Nick Boyle, Mark Andrews, Maxx Williams

Analysis: Boyle, Andrews, and Williams will look to weather the storm as Hurst recovers from foot surgery. This group has to prove they can provide consistent targets for Joe Flacco. After a strong preseason finale against the Redskins, Andrews is an intriguing option to see an increased amount of snaps in Hurst’s absence. Darren Waller also offers depth on the practice squad.

 

Offensive Line (8)

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

Analysis: I wouldn’t be surprised if this group didn’t look different by next Sunday, particularly on the back-end. Ozzie Newsome is never one to count out for last minute roster moves and the Ravens did just that last year with Tony Bergstrom and Luke Bowanko. Many, including myself, are skeptical about the starting center spot and it could be a position to upgrade.

 

Defensive Line (6)

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

Analysis: Sieler, Ozzie’s last draft pick, makes the roster over veterans Carl Davis and Bronson Kaufusi. Six defensive linemen may seem small, especially with Willie Henry recovering from hernia surgery, but it’s important to note that Pat Ricard offers versatility on both sides of the ball. He put together a solid preseason in the trenches.

 

Outside Linebackers (5)

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

Analysis: Once Kamalei Correa was traded to the Titans, this position was all about wrapped up. The Ravens boast a plethora of young talent in the pass rush department and this will be a fun group to watch get after the quarterback.

 

Inside Linebacker (4)

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

Analysis: I felt the Ravens needed to take four inside backers for depth and labeled Board as the option over veteran Albert McClellan. The Ravens opted to do just that and take the undrafted rookie out of North Dakota State. Board had an impressive preseason over five games and will be an important defensive piece with Young’s knee injury in question.



Cornerbacks (7)

Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Anthony Averett, Maurice Canady, Darious Williams

Analysis: Smith will serve his four-game suspension to start the season and Stanley Jean-Baptiste figured to make the roster before breaking his arm against the Redskins. The unfortunate injury opened up the door for the third and final undrafted rookie, Darious Williams. The rest of the position rounded out as expected.

 

Safeties (4)

Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, Chuck Clark, Anthony Levine

Analysis: A pick-six from Kai Nacua couldn’t secure a roster spot and the Ravens will roll with four safeties, led by Weddle and Jefferson up front.

 

Special Teams (3)

Justin Tucker, Sam Koch, Morgan Cox

Analysis: The “Wolfpack” return for another season and are set to special teams dominance under Jerry Rosburg. But perhaps the biggest news of the weekend surrounded Kaare Vedvik, who was reportedly assaulted and suffered non-life threatening injuries in downtown Baltimore on Saturday morning. The rookie was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list as he recovers from a scary incident.

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