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Tim Barbalace's Ravens 53 Man Roster Projection

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June 17, 2019 - 3:43 pm

By Tim Barbalace

The Ravens have plenty of competition for their 53 man roster, and there will be some surprise cuts along the way.  Baltimore finished up mandatory minicamp last week and will reconvene at 1 Winning Drive on July 25th for the start of training camp.  It's never too early to project how the roster will shake out and here is who I have on the team if roster cutdowns were to take place today.


Quarterbacks (3)- Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III, and Trace McSorley

The Ravens kept three quarterbacks last season for the first time since 2009, and I would bet that they will do it again.  Baltimore selected Trace McSorley in the sixth round of this year's draft and will try to fit him into a Taysom Hill-esque role.  He will have to prove that he is capable of helping the team in a variety of ways, including special teams, to be active on gamedays.


Running backs (3)- Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill

It's no secret that the Ravens are going to continue to pound the rock in 2019.  Baltimore already had Gus Edwards in the fold, but signed Mark Ingram in free agency and drafted Justice Hill in the fourth round of the draft to bolster their depth.  Kenneth Dixon figures to be the odd man out due to his injury and suspension history.


Wide Receivers (6)- Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, Willie Snead, Chris Moore, Seth Roberts, Jaleel Scott

This position group is one of the two toughest to predict on the roster.  Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, Willie Snead, and Chris Moore are all locks, but after them, it is anyone's guess.  I can't imagine the Ravens would cut both Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley a year after drafting them both, but keep an eye out on Antoine Wesley and Sean Modster as two UDFA's that could push for a roster spot.


Tight Ends (3)- Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst, and Nick Boyle

There has been some speculation that the Ravens could carry four tight ends after doing so during the 2018 season.  I think this is a spot where the team will opt to save a roster spot because all three tight ends are talented and versatile.  Coach John Harbaugh has expressed high praise in this position group, and they should be able to follow through on expectations this season.


Offensive Line (8)- Ronnie Stanley, Orlando Brown Jr., Marshal Yanda, James Hurst, Ben Powers, Jermaine Eleumenor, Bradley Bozeman and Matt Skura

This group was much maligned entering the offseason after a debacle of a performance against the Chargers, but Eric Decosta opted to draft Ben Powers in the fourth round as his lone upgrade.  The Oline should still be a serviceable group and should expect improvements from Ronnie Stanley, Orlando Brown Jr., Jermaine Eleumenor, Bradley Bozeman and Matt Skura as they are all young players.  Alex Lewis fails to make the team after proving that he can't consistently stay healthy through his three years in the NFL.


Defensive Line (6)- Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Chris Wormley, Zach Sieler, Daylon Mack, and Willie Henry

The defensive line will again be a strength of the team entering 2019.  Willie Henry has seemingly been a forgotten man after missing much of last season with a herniated disc, but I expect him to provide some interior pass rush ability.  Gerald Willis was one of the team's more high profile UDFA signings but will need to flash during the preseason to unseat one of the above players.


Outside Linebackers (5)- Matt Judon, Jaylon Ferguson, Shane Ray, Pernell McPhee, and Tyus Bowser or Tim Williams

Yes, I am going to be on the fence with the last spot at outside linebacker.  I think both Shane Ray and Pernell McPhee will make the team, while one of Tyus Bowser or Tim Williams will be on the outside looking in.  The final spot will ultimately come down to who impresses the most throughout the preseason and also to who can carve out a role on special teams.


Inside Linebackers (4)- Patrick Onwuasor, Chris Board, Kenny Young, and Otaro Alaka

This appears to be the position that the Ravens will keep a UDFA.  Baltimore has a rich history of finding talented undrafted inside linebackers including Bart Scott, Dannell Ellerbe, Jameel McClain, Zach Orr and most recently Chris Board.  Alaka is a raw prospect but had increased production each season at Texas A&M.


Safeties (5)- Earl Thomas, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine, DeShon Elliott, and Chuck Clark

The secondary is the deepest position group on the roster.  Earl Thomas and Tony Jefferson serve as a strong tandem in the back end, while DeShon Elliott and Chuck Clark continue to develop behind them and push for playtime.  Anthony Levine figures to fill the role of a nickel linebacker again this season and will also serving as depth at safety.


Cornerbacks (7)- Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr, Marlon Humphrey, Tavon Young, Anthony Averett, Iman Marshall, and Justin Bethel

Some of the toughest cuts the Ravens will have to make are at the cornerback position.  I have them keeping seven, which seems like a lot, but I would be surprised if they chose to cut Justin Bethel, who they signed to a two-year deal this offseason.  Maurice Canady, Cyrus Jones, and Stanley Jean-Baptiste are solid players that find themselves having to scrap to crack the roster.


Special Teams (3)- Justin Tucker, Sam Koch, and Morgan Cox

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A lot can and will change for the Ravens by the time the team has to trim their roster to 53 on August 31st.  Injuries and other potential pickups are sure to shake up the above projection.  Who do you think could be a surprise cut for the team?