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My Current Guess At The Ravens 53-Man Roster (Merged)

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QB:Flacco/Mallet-2


RB:Forsett/Allen/Dixon-3


FB:Juszczyk-1


TE:Watson/gillmore/Williams-3


WR:Smith/Aiken/perriman/Wallace/butler/Moore/Reynolds-7


T:Stanley/Monroe/Lewis/Wagner-4


IL:Yanda/zuttah/urschel/Jensen-4


ST:Tucker/Koch/Cox-3


DE:Guy/urban/kaufusi-3


DT:Williams/Jernigan/Davis/Henry-4


OLB:Suggs/dumervil/correa/smith/judon -5


ILB:Mosely/Orr/McClellan/UDFA-4


CB:Smith/wright/Davis/young/canady-5


S:Weddle/Webb/brooks/Lewis/Elam-5

 

i did this with the idea of keeping all of our draftees and one UDFA. 

 

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Pretty solid guesses. I wouldn't be surprised is the team kept Arthur Brown in the fold for his last shot.

The most interesting position is now RB. Half of these guys are going to get cut. Taliaferro and West are the obvious candidates. They will likely trim it further, and I'm not convinced they will keep the aging (albeit still productive) Forsett. 

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I just looked at the roster and did the same. At this stage, I have 42 players that look like they have the spot.

There will be some tough competition to make the team this year, nobody's safe.

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Definitely a lot of competition, and that's what happens when you have so many guys returning from the previous year, due to injury of course.  Some solid, back end of the roster types will be left out.

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I took a look at our current roster, draft picks, and UDFA's to come up with whom I think will make the final cut. I make a couple of caveats of course. We never know what will happen with injuries. I have no idea what free agents will become cap casualties or have any information as to whom the Ravens will sign. I don't claim to have any insider information. I simply will post my opinion based on what I think I know the needs are and what past Ravens history has shown me.

This was originally written in the form of an article. I am a former article writer for some fairly well known entities but I cannot state what they are here. I don't know if this information will turn up elsewhere in the future. I just simply want to share it with people and see what they think. In its entirety the article is much too long for a singular post so I will do new posts in this thread by position. You are welcome to add your comments and pine for your selections for the 53 man roster in case I cut one of your favorites. There will be some surprises I assure you.

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QB Edition

 

The Baltimore Ravens are a very fortunate team to have an established franchise veteran under center and there really are no questions as to whom will start for or what the depth chart looks like. The only question is when Joe Flacco will be back to full health. Last season we saw a carousel of players under center after Joe went down. First up was the human pick six machine Matt Schaub. I have never seen anything quite like the downfall like that. I have nothing against Schaub and I make these comments in a bewildered amazement. After him we picked up a waiver wire QB in Jimmy Clausen and despite his best efforts he just wasn't ready. Then, after some strange behavioral incidents, Ryan Mallett became available and our starter. No matter what he does for the remainder of his Ravens career he will always be a hero for beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in many fans eyes.

 

Thankfully Flacco is entrenched as the starter and Ryan Mallett serves as his back up. After that; and you get some kudo points if you knew this, big bodied Jerrod Johnson is our third QB. He will serve as the emergency back up and will most likely find himself on the practice squad. We have to keep an eye on Mallet and remember that there was a reason he became available. He showed a lot of immaturity while in Houston and he has to understand his role here in Baltimore. Chances are he will never see the field. As long as he keeps his emotions in check and doesn't cause any stirs he will earn himself another chance at a starting role in the future in my opinion. He's a big bodied, big armed QB with starting experience and there are a lot of teams still looking for “the guy.”

 

Roster Count: 2: Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett.

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RB Edition

 

Who will be taking the hand offs from Joe Flacco? This is where things could get a little interesting. Justin Forsett is coming off of a freak broken forearm injury but by all accounts should be good to go for the start of the season. Who will share the load behind him becomes a pretty interesting scenario to watch in pre season. There are a handful of candidates for the job and the list includes; Javorius Allen, Terrance West, Terrence Magee, Trent Richardson, Lorenzo Taliafero, and rookie Kenneth Dixon.

 

I firmly believe that out of all of those players only “Buck” Allen showed enough to me to say with confidence he is a third down back option and the number two option at this point. Everyone else is on the bubble. Taliafero has shown glimpses of what he can do but he cannot stay on the field. I was not personally impressed by Terrance West. You have no idea what a hopefully rejuvenated Trent Richardson has to offer. Last and certainly not least you have an exciting rookie whom most draft experts are saying is one of the best steals. Some had him rated as the second best running back in the draft. It will really come down to whom is healthy and how they present themselves in the off season and pre season. My magic crystal ball says:

 

Roster Count: 3: Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen, Kenneth Dixon.

Total Roster Count: 5

 

As for the man that will be leading the way for the ground attack there is little question. “Juice” as he he known to Ravens fans is the man. Kyle Juszczyk is one of my personal favorites as a dual threat blocker and receiver out of the back field who can also slot out and run patterns.

Roster Count: 1: Kyle Juszczyk

Total Roster Count: 6

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WR Edition

 

The situation is once again interesting with the Ravens and just exactly which members of the team will be running fly routes, slots, fades, flags, curls, etc. I am sure most fans already expect which names they will see as the primary starters but behind those men there are some roster spots up for grabs. I think some roster cuts are coming that will surprise a some folks. Let's go with; barring any setbacks, who will be the ones we know should be there.

 

Steve Smith Sr. is coming back for one last season coming off of micro fractures in his back and a torn ACL. He didn't want to go out like that and was playing at a very high level before his injury that ended his season. I do not doubt his tenacity and I think he will be back just as strong as ever. He has something to prove. We hope to have Breshard Perriman back from his knee injury and finally see if he can take the top off the defense and be that deep ball threat. Just in case he isn't all he is supposed to be the Ravens signed veteran speedster Mike Wallace to help in that department. Also returning to us is a gem we found out of necessity last season in Kamar Aiken. After these gentlemen I believe there are two or three more roster spots remaining up for grabs.

 

The list of candidates is very long both figuratively and also physically as it pertains to some of the big bodies in the collection. Daniel Brown is 6'5'', Marlon Brown is also 6'5'', Jeremy Butler is 6'2'', and former Superbowl phenom Chris Matthews is 6'5”. The smaller in stature options consists of Michael Campanaro, Kealin Clay, Chuck Jacobs, and rookies Chris Moore and Keenan Reynolds. It should be noted that other than Marlon Brown's stand out rookie season and Kaelin Clay's work as a return specialist none of these players have produced any substantial results. Some have shown flashes at times but injuries have cost them precious opportunities.

 

What do I think will happen? There will be a battle between all of the big bodies to produce one that makes the roster. Chris Moore will most likely make the roster as another potential home run hitter. The last spot comes down to a battle of return men in Michael Campanaro, Kaelin Clay, and Keenan Reynolds. Clay holds the edge of producing results on the field. Campanaro can't stay healthy, and Reynolds could find himself on the practice squad unless he really shows something in pre season.

 

Roster Count: 7: Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace, Breshard Perriman, Kamar Aiken, Daniel Brown, Chris Moore, Kaelin Clay.

Total Roster Count: 13

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Tight End Edition

 

It was heartbreaking to watch Dennis Pitta go down the first time with his hip injury. The second time it happened it was devastating and hard to watch. I give him all the credit in the world that he is busting his backside in an effort to make another comeback. He will be tossing his hat in the ring to compete for a roster spot against a big free agent pick up Ben Watson, blue collar workhorse Crockett Gillmore, second round draft pick last season Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle, and surprise position change prospect Darren Waller. Were you wondering why I didn't mention him in the wide receiver portion?

 

Those of you blessed with exceptional math skills know there are six names for what is likely only four roster spots. So what is going to happen? All the credit in the world to Dennis Pitta but I just don't think he will be healthy enough to play football anymore. I don't want to tell anyone what to do, but I think he should walk away from the game while he still can walk. Nick Boyle received a second suspension for PED usage and is suspended for 10 games and may just have cost himself a roster spot when his suspension is up.

 

Who makes the grade? The Ravens didn't spend all that money on Ben Watson to have him sit around so he makes it. Crockett Gillmore is our best blocking TE and a tough catch over the middle guy with tremendous catch radius. Maxx Williams was taken too high and showed enough promise as a play maker at the position for him to lose his spot. Lastly, I think Darren Waller makes the team simply based on his standout work on special teams and as a fun match up wrinkle.

 

Roster Count: 4: Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Darren Waller

Total Roster Count: 17

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Offensive Line Edition

 

Perhaps one of the costliest places the Ravens experienced injuries last season was across the offensive line. It was lauded as a strength that for the first time in years the Ravens would have all five of their starters returning for another season together. It simply didn't work out. Starting LT Eugene Monroe was hurt and missed most of the season. Starting C Jeremy Zuttah missed some games. RT Rick Wagner played all season returning from a lisfranc foot injury and didn't look like the same player. Worst of all back up James Hurst got beaten on a play that cause him to roll up on the back of Joe Flacco's leg and forced him to miss his first games since being a rookie starter. To make matters worse star LG Kelechi Osemele left via a huge contract in free agency.

 

To answer these issues the Ravens drafted LT Ronnie Stanley in the first round with the sixth pick overall. Some think this was a shock because prior to the draft experts thought the Ravens would be grinning like Cheshire cats if Laremy Tunsil dropped to them. It is precisely what happened, but thanks to some bizarre circumstances and whether or not you believe the front office they skipped Tunsil. They drafted the man they had rated higher. It would not be the only player the Ravens would draft in search of help. With one of the bevy of fourth round picks the Ravens had they selected Alex Lewis.

 

Lastly, Ozzie Newsome as he usually is was active on the undrafted free agent auction. A slew of names are coming Baltimore's way to see if they have what it takes to Play Like a Raven. Stephane Nembot is a project big body tackle, Matt Skura is a center and possible swing guard, Anthony Fabiano played all over the offensive line in college but projects as a guard in the NFL, and G Jarell Broxton fills out the list.

 

I see eight roster spots here if I include the long snapper position which should be anchored by veteran and team favorite Morgan Cox. Most teams carry a back up swing tackle and a swing center/guard. I am not exactly sure how this collection will line up, but these are the names I see making the cut. I could see a potential cut of Eugene Monroe but that is a lot of dead money to have on the books and the Ravens have gotten themselves into trouble with having too much of that in the past.

 

I think the veterans all have an edge here and unless some moves are made the familiar names prevail. I think Alex Lewis, Stephane Nembot, Anthony Fabiano, and Matt Skura all find their way to the practice squad. Skura and Lewis have potential futures as replacements for impending free agents Rick Wagner and Jeremy Zuttah. I think James Hurst is a cut.

 

Roster Count: 8: Eugene Monroe, Ronnie Stanley, Rick Wagner, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, Morgan Cox, Ryan Jensen, John Urschel.

Total Roster Count: 25

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Defensive Line Edition

 

The front line defense of the Ravens has been extremely good against the rush in recent history. If there is one weakness it is that there is no real pass rush threat coming from this group. It already was a fairly solid group of players and although the Ravens front office declared they were looking to get after the quarterback it seems like that threat will predominately come from our outside linebackers. So what names are in the mix for the roster spots?

 

Brandon Williams will be returning to spearhead the attack at the nose, but also of note is that he is a pending free agent. The Ravens need to decide on locking him up long term or finding a replacement. I personally don't think that player is on the roster. Also returning to the mix are tackles Carl Davis, and Timmy Jernigan. Jernigan has shown a slow but steady progression and might emerge as more of a pass rushing threat and Carl Davis still has something to show us. Also joining them will be rookie Willie Henry, and UDFA's O.J. Mau and Micheal Pierce. Pierce could be the back up to Williams at the nose and has some notoriety for being able to squat 750lbs.

 

On the interior edges we have lunch pail performer Lawrence Guy who added a little bit of a pass rushing threat, two oft-injured players in Kapron Lewis-Moore and Brent Urban, rookie third round pick Bronson Kaufusi, Nordly Capi, and UDFA Maro Ojamuda. Keep in mind that the Ravens play a hybrid sort of front seven and a lot of these players are interchangeable at end and tackle with a rare few also being able to play nose tackle as well.

 

The Ravens used seven different players long that front three or sometimes four and I could see them carrying as many as six roster spots for defensive line to keep a steady rotation in place and the big bodies fresh. Which names do I think you'll be seeing come opening day?

 

Brandon Williams will be the nose tackle, there really is no question about that. The Ravens love the work of Lawrence Guy and if he isn't a starter he is a stout rotational player. Timmy Jernigan will get the nod to start along side of Williams. Carl Davis could contend with Lawrence Guy for his spot as a starter, but should also at least make the club as a rotational player and as a back up to Brandon Williams. I think the team takes another chance on a healthy Brent Urban. It would take a lot to go wrong for a third round pick to not make the roster so my final spot goes to Bronson Kaufusi. Kapron Lewis-Moore has been injured too much and unfortunately just hasn't shown a lot in his time as a Raven. I think the Ravens try to keep Micheal Pierce on the practice squad.

 

Roster Count: 6: Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Carl Davis, Brent Urban, Lawrence Guy, Bronson Kaufusi

Total Roster Count: 31

 

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Linebacker Edition

 

This section of the Ravens defense has been one of the most discussed in the off season around the message boards I have been following. Two questions are being asked repeatedly and for good reason. Who will play next to C.J. Mosley? Who will play behind our aging edge rushers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs? They are legitimate queries and I am not so sure the Ravens answered them emphatically. Many fans wanted to see freak of nature athlete Myles Jack become a Raven and especially so when he fell completely out of the first round.

 

What did the Ravens do to answer these needs? In the second round instead of drafting Myles Jack they traded down to select a player that didn't have much buzz. Kamalei Correa was the choice and he will join fellow rookie fifth round selection Matt Judon. Ozzie Newsome also added Victor Ochi as an undrafted free agent. There are some rumblings that the Ravens might be in the market for free agent veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney so keep your eyes peeled for that roster move.

 

As for the interior linebackers there wasn't much help added via the draft. UDFA Cavelis Luckett was recently signed, but other than that the team was silent in addressing what most fans see as a critical need. It makes me wonder if Ozzie has something up his sleeve and some knowledge of another veteran cap casualty player like Daryl Smith a few years ago.

So what do our options look like as of right now? For the edge rushers it will be the same familiar names of Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Behind them they have Za'Darius Smith who flashed last season with 5.5 sacks, Brennan Beyer, Chris Carter, and the aforementioned Kamalei Correa and Victor Ochi. For the inside jobs we will see C.J. Mosley and a spirited competition for the other starting job. Albert McClellan, Arthur Brown, Zach Orr, and Cavelis Luckett will all compete for the honor. Ravens fans are hoping one of them can step forward in a big way in order for the team to be great again. I also think that Dean Peas will be creative and look to slide one of our safeties down to play linebacker in dime and nickel pass defense situations. I devote eight roster spots for the line-backing corps divided up evenly between inside and outside linebacker.

 

Roster Count: 8: Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Za'Darius Smith, Kamalei Correa, C.J. Mosley, Zach Orr, Albert McClellan, Arthur Brown.

Total Roster Count: 39

 

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Defensive Back Edition

 

What most fans remember last season is a secondary that was torched early and often and allowed one huge play after another. Due to numerous injuries and players coming back from injuries the secondary was not healthy and lacked talent early on. What fans may not remember is that when the Ravens added Shareece Wright to the mix and started to slot Lardarius Webb in various alignments the pass defense actually was locked down fairly tight. Fans were dreaming of scenarios where Jalen Ramsey would fall to us at our sixth pick. We learned that Ozzie Newsome actually tried to trade up will Dallas to get their number four pick in and effort to get Ramsey. Ozzie claims that the asking price was too high and the rest is now history. Many thought we would surely draft a corner early on in the second round. I think I could hear the collective gasps when the Ravens traded down not once, but twice, and then finally drafted Correa.

 

So did the Ravens find any help? They certainly hope so. I don't think the Ravens believe they found a starter in this draft, but by selecting Tavon Young in the fourth round they think they found a slot corner with potential to do more. With their last pick; a compensatory pick in the sixth round, they added Maurice Canaday. Young is a bit undersized but is a feisty competitor with a little bit of speed. Canaday has the size you look for and length, but is a bit slow and lacks confidence. He plays way off of receivers for fear of getting beaten deep. He'll need a lot of coaching up.

 

The back end of the secondary has been a miss-mash of names rotating in and out year after year. Matt Elam looks so far to be a bust and is coming back from a torn pectoral muscle. Will Hill got into trouble with substance abuse again and is no longer on the team. Kendrick Lewis didn't really show much in his first season with the team. Terrence Brooks hasn't been able to stay on the field to show his potential due to numerous injuries. What did the Ravens do?

 

They made one of their three big free agent splashes by signing Eric Weddle. Weddle is a proven veteran with strong leadership skills whom the Ravens hope can help settle down the rest of the secondary and keep them from giving up the big plays. Continuously searching for an Ed Reed type, rangy, center-fielder at the other safety position and not finding that guy, Ozzie Newsome is hoping that converted CB and former college safety Lardarius Webb can be the answer.

 

What does our inventory look like? At cornerback you have Jimmy Smith in his second season removed from a lisfranc injury that clearly affected him last season. Starting opposite him is his good friend Shareece Wright whom the Ravens rewarded handsomely with a new contract after his showing last season. Veteran corner and potential slot player Kyle Arrington looks to show more than he did last year. Will Davis returns from an injury and hopes he can earn a spot. The two rookies mentioned above; Tavon Young and Maurice Canaday, are in the mix. After that is a mix of street free agents and practice squad players that might be squeezed out of a spot. Jumal Rolle, Julian Wilson, Jermaine Whitehead, and ERFA Sheldon Price are all still in house. At safety we have newly acquired Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, special team ace Anthony Levine, Terrence Brooks, former first round pick Matt Elam, Kendrick Lewis, and Nick Perry.

 

I can see up to eight or nine roster spots being devoted to the secondary giving enough freedom to carry whichever players suit our needs the best. Who gets the call?

 

Roster Count: 9: Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Kyle Arrington, Tavon Young, Will Davis, Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, Anthony Levine, Nick Perry.

Total Roster Count: 48

 

I seriously think Matt Elam is in danger of losing his spot and especially so if he has a bad preseason. Terrence Brooks has been too injury prone, and Kendrick Lewis didn't show much. Nick Perry I think is a wild card because he's a big body safety who might be able to fulfill that dime linebacker spot I mentioned earlier. Levine is a stand out on special teams and also is a versatile player who can play corner in a pinch.

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Special Teams Edition

 

Justin Tucker signed his franchise tender and the Ravens will have to sit down with him and try to negotiate a long term deal for the strong legged kicker. Meanwhile revolutionary punter Sam Koch returns to amaze the football world with how many different types of spin you can put on the ball. Will Lutz is a kicker and punter that has been invited to camp. I don't think he secures a job with the Ravens, but some others whom have come in for an audition have earned jobs with other teams in the NFL. Graham Gano ring any bells?

 

Roster Count: 2: Justin Tucker, Sam Koch

Total Roster Count: 50

 

The Final Three!

 

I have a total of 50 roster spots accounted for and that leaves three more open for competition. This allows for the Ravens to make some free agent signings or to keep some players whom show promise and deserve to be on the team. I can't pretend to know the future but there seems to be a little bit of fire behind the smoke on Dwight Freeney. He fits a need, we don't have many proven options at the position, and he would most definitely be a right player, right price type of signing. If I had to guess, one of my three last spots goes to him.

 

I can also see the Ravens keeping one more wide receiver spot open for Michael Campanaro if he can remain healthy or Keenan Reynolds if he shows off some of what made him special at Navy. The last roster spot will come down to need and talent level. The Ravens could keep an extra defensive back and keep Matt Elam, Kendrick Lewis, or Terrence Brooks. They could go with another defensive lineman like Michael Pierce as a true back up for Brandon Williams. The last option I see is keeping another offensive lineman like Matt Skura who can play all the interior line positions.

 

Roster Count: 3: Dwight Freeney?, Keenan Reynolds, Matt Elam.

 

So there you have it. Barring any freak injuries or fortunate free agent cap casualties occurring this is what I think the 2016 Ravens roster will look like. Please feel free to comment on what you think about it. Do you agree with me? Do you need to campaign for a player you think makes the team that I have cut? It is all good to me and I look forward to reading your opinions.

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That was cool to read. I like seeing another person's thought process spelled out, even if I disagree. I actually think there isn't much I find too disagreeable.

I do think we try to find a place to keep Judon, perhaps at the expense of one of the Browns (Daniel, Arthur). If Arthur isn't going to contribute this season, his last under contract, I see little reason for us to keep him beyond preseason. Daniel might just be stuck in a position that is getting too crowded that we must make some tough decisions.

I also agree with the Clay/Reynolds/Campanaro competition. I do think we want to still give Camp every opportunity to win that battle. If he's healthy this summer, I think he has the edge there, and one or both of the others we will try and stash away someway or another.

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This is pretty much what I'm expecting.  In general, this draft class seems like it's going to replace the 3 and 4 year guys who haven't made an impact yet.  It's going to be difficult, but that seems to be the way Harbaugh likes it.  

I could see us taking 3 QBs depending on Flacco.  But there's enough time between now and the regular season that maybe it won't come to that. 

I count 8 potential pass rushers?   Suggs, Dumerville, Correa, Smith, Judon, Jernigan, Henry, Kaufusi?  That's certainly a change. 

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4 hours ago, beanfigger said:

That was cool to read. I like seeing another person's thought process spelled out, even if I disagree. I actually think there isn't much I find too disagreeable.

I do think we try to find a place to keep Judon, perhaps at the expense of one of the Browns (Daniel, Arthur). If Arthur isn't going to contribute this season, his last under contract, I see little reason for us to keep him beyond preseason. Daniel might just be stuck in a position that is getting too crowded that we must make some tough decisions.

I also agree with the Clay/Reynolds/Campanaro competition. I do think we want to still give Camp every opportunity to win that battle. If he's healthy this summer, I think he has the edge there, and one or both of the others we will try and stash away someway or another.

This.  I may not agree with everything (and I'll expand on that much later today), but this was a good read and a well thought out post.

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4 hours ago, beanfigger said:

That was cool to read. I like seeing another person's thought process spelled out, even if I disagree. I actually think there isn't much I find too disagreeable.

I do think we try to find a place to keep Judon, perhaps at the expense of one of the Browns (Daniel, Arthur). If Arthur isn't going to contribute this season, his last under contract, I see little reason for us to keep him beyond preseason. Daniel might just be stuck in a position that is getting too crowded that we must make some tough decisions.

I also agree with the Clay/Reynolds/Campanaro competition. I do think we want to still give Camp every opportunity to win that battle. If he's healthy this summer, I think he has the edge there, and one or both of the others we will try and stash away someway or another.

This.  I may not agree with everything (and I'll expand on that much later today), but this was a good read and a well thought out post.

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Dang alotta people gonna get cut, 

Boyle or Waller or pitta ?  TE 

Taliaferro or McGee or Allen or Richardson?  RB

Camp or Butler or Brown or Matthews or Brown  WR

 

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Your giving way too much credit to this year's draft class. I say 7 make the roster. Two are PS, two will be IR'ed. 

 

Reynolds, Canaday - PS

Moore, Judon - IR

 

 

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5 hours ago, jimjim5 said:

Your giving way too much credit to this year's draft class. I say 7 make the roster. Two are PS, two will be IR'ed. 

 

Reynolds, Canaday - PS

Moore, Judon - IR

 

 

Agree there will be injuries and designations, but you actually can't put a guy on IR unless he is at least somewhat hurt, so trying to predict that is almost impossible.

Probably will be at least one drafted player who ends up on IR with an injury at some point.

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10 hours ago, beanfigger said:

That was cool to read. I like seeing another person's thought process spelled out, even if I disagree. I actually think there isn't much I find too disagreeable.

I do think we try to find a place to keep Judon, perhaps at the expense of one of the Browns (Daniel, Arthur). If Arthur isn't going to contribute this season, his last under contract, I see little reason for us to keep him beyond preseason. Daniel might just be stuck in a position that is getting too crowded that we must make some tough decisions.

I also agree with the Clay/Reynolds/Campanaro competition. I do think we want to still give Camp every opportunity to win that battle. If he's healthy this summer, I think he has the edge there, and one or both of the others we will try and stash away someway or another.

Thanks for the reply. There is a lot of flexibility with the last three roster spots so Judon could very well make the grade instead of Arthur Brown or perhaps a Dwight Freeney. They could also try to put him on their practice squad. I had a tough time making some of the cuts because I also like Campanaro. I just see a lot of redundancy at some positions and I can't see the Ravens keeping 3 guys that are essentially all the same player.

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6 hours ago, Kid87 said:

Dang alotta people gonna get cut, 

Boyle or Waller or pitta ?  TE 

Taliaferro or McGee or Allen or Richardson?  RB

Camp or Butler or Brown or Matthews or Brown  WR

 

There will be a ton of cuts made. They have a 90 man roster that they need to get down to 53 and 10 practice squad players. I think it was recently expanded to 10 from 8 so I was mistaken in my long post. I am sure teams wish they could keep everybody they have.

I am thinking Pitta doesn't get cleared by team doctors and Boyle has a 10 game suspension anyway. This is his second offense and I think the team may decide he's had enough chances.

I see all those names at RB getting cut, save for one on the PS.

I think Daniel Brown makes it over Marlon Brown, Chris Matthews, and Jeremy Butler. Camp will be in a position battle with Clay and Reynolds.

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8 hours ago, Jaybirds said:

This is pretty much what I'm expecting.  In general, this draft class seems like it's going to replace the 3 and 4 year guys who haven't made an impact yet.  It's going to be difficult, but that seems to be the way Harbaugh likes it.  

I could see us taking 3 QBs depending on Flacco.  But there's enough time between now and the regular season that maybe it won't come to that. 

I count 8 potential pass rushers?   Suggs, Dumerville, Correa, Smith, Judon, Jernigan, Henry, Kaufusi?  That's certainly a change. 

The Ravens did this a few years ago and made a clean sweep of the guys that just seemed to be happy to be on the roster and didn't produce or progress. The team most definitely will have three Qb's but will only keep two on the 53 man. I'm not sure if Willie Henry is a pass rusher, he's more of a run stuffer.

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6 hours ago, rmw10 said:

This.  I may not agree with everything (and I'll expand on that much later today), but this was a good read and a well thought out post.

Thanks and I look forward to reading what you've got to say.

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And the first nail in Elam's coffin has been hammered in. The Raven's just declined his option for 2017. He was just sent a message without the coaching staff needing to say a word.

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I think Young is the Key player of this draft. We need an impact player and tried to move up to get Ramsey but could not. If he plays like a Raven our defense is ready to compete.

 

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Alright @EdTheMythicalOne here are my thoughts on your prediction:

At RB, I wouldn't completely overlook the possibility that we keep 4 and let go of Juice.  It might just be a case of a numbers game for him.  I don't think it's guaranteed that he's gone or anything, but I don't believe he's a lock.

At WR, there's absolutely no way I see Daniel Brown making the team, sorry to say.  He started strong last year and fell off towards the end of the season, with every WR not named Marlon Brown getting more field time than him.  Zrebiec has reported that the team really likes Butler, and I would probably agree with that assessment.  I think it's very hard to keep a guy like Clay around who offers nothing at WR.  I'd guess it's the top 4 plus Moore, Butler, and Campanaro/Reynolds.

At OL, we're going to have more than 7.  You can't count Morgan Cox in there as he would get killed if he ever actually had to play an OL spot at a mere 240 lbs.  Alex Lewis as a 4th round pick is a virtual guarantee, and I wouldn't overlook De'Ondre Wesley either, who the Ravens have been reported to really like.

At DL, Willie Henry isn't going anywhere. Much like Lewis, a 4th round pick is all but guaranteed unless he comes in and just can't play football.

At LB, Judon isn't a guarantee, but I have a hard time seeing him not making it.  Keeping a pass rusher with that type of potential is a must to me.

At DB, I just can't see Nick Perry making it unless he stands out on ST and knocks Levine out.

Dwight Freeney is probably out of the question at this point unless there's a rash of injuries.  We invested in the young talent there.  Expect it to stay that way.

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And here's my not going to be right but I'm going to do it anyway really early prediction.

QB (2): Flacco, Mallett
RB (4): Forsett, Allen, Dixon, Juice
WR (7): Smith Sr., Aiken, Wallace, Perriman, Butler, Moore, Campanaro/Reynolds
TE (3): Watson, Williams, Gillmore
OL (8): Stanley, Urschal, Zuttah, Yanda, Wagner, Jensen, Lewis, Wesley

DL (7): Williams, Jernigan, Guy, Davis, Urban, Kaufusi, Henry
ILB (4): Mosley, Orr, McClellan, Vet FA
OLB (5): Suggs, Dumervil, Correa, Smith, Judon
CB (5): Smith, Wright, Young, Davis, Arrington
S (5): Weddle, Webb, Lewis, Brooks, Levine

ST (3): Tucker, Koch, Cox

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Assuming I counted right I think the 53 will look something similar to this

QB: Flacco, Mallet

RB/FB: Forsett, Dixon, Allen, Juice

WR: Smith Sr., Perriman, Wallace, Aiken, Moore, Camp or Reynolds

TE: Watson, Williams, Gillmore, Pitta

OL: Stanley, Wagner, Yanda, Jensen,Urschel, Zuttah, Lewis, Wesley

 

DL: Williams, Jernigan, Davis, Kaufusi, Guy, Henry 

OLB: Suggs, Dumervil, Correa, Smith, Judon

ILB: Mosely, Orr, Mclellan, FA or Brown

CB: Smith, Wright, Young, Davis, Arrington, FA

S: Weddle, Webb, Levine, Brooks, Elam

ST: Tucker, Koch, Cox

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