Evaluating Ravens Roster By Position

Chris Schisler

QB:
1.) Joe Flacco
2.) Tyrod Taylor
Analysis: There is no surprise here. I was hoping the Keith Wenning would supplant Tyrod Taylor, but that was not to be. The Ravens backup is not optimal but a good back up is rare in the NFL.

RB:
1.). Bernard Pierce
2.) Justin Forsset
3.) Lorenzo Taliaferro
(Ray Rice is suspended for the first 2 games)
Analysis: The Ravens will have an interesting decision to make when Ray Rice returns. Each running back looks good, but its doubtful the Ravens will keep all four.

FB:
1.) Kyle Juszczyk
Analysis: “Juice” will play a huge role in this offense. He is a good blocker but has surprising speed and receiving ability. He could be Gary Kubiak’s secret weapon.

WR:
1.) Torrey Smith
2.) Steve Smith Sr.
3.) Jacoby Jones
4.) Marlon Brown
5.) Kamar Aiken
6.) Deonte Thompson
7.) Michael Campanaro
Analysis: It is mildly surprising that the Ravens kept 7 receivers. Kamar Aiken has unbelievable potential. Deonte Thompson stepped up big in the preseason, showing value on special teams. Campanaro is a feel good story as he is a Maryland born and raised man. He is a bit raw but has tremendous upside. Expect heavy special teams involvement from the bottom three receivers as Jacoby Jones may be spared some for a larger role offensively.

TE:
1.) Dennis Pitta
2.) Owen Daniels
3.) Crockett Gillmore
Analysis: Gary Kubiak loves to utilize his tight ends. All three players will see significant playing time. Pitta of course is Joe Flacco’s favorite target and safety net. Gillmore is mostly a blocker but could play a larger role if Daniels struggles to stay healthy.

Offensive Line:
1.) Eugene Monroe
2.) Rick Wagner
3.) Jeremy Zuttah
4.) Marshall Yanda
5.) Kelechi Osemele
6.) Gino Gradkowski
7.) James Hurst
8.) John Urschel
9.) Jah Reid
Analysis: One of the biggest surprises was cutting A.Q. Shipley, the veteran guard/center. Shipley though was not a fit in the zone blocking scheme. The move was a strong vote of confidence in John Urschel, who the Ravens drafted in May. James Hurst did not play well in the preseason but has the physical toolset to eventually be really good. I am a little shocked that Jah Reid survived all the cuts as he has never looked good.

Defensive Line:
1.) Haloti Ngata
2.) Chris Canty
3.) Brandon Williams
4.) Timmy Jernigan
5.) DeAngelo Tyson
6.) Terrence Cody
Analysis: With the injuries to Brent Urban and Kappron Lewis-Moore the Ravens needed all 6 defensive linemen. If the two were healthy it would have probably been the end of Terrence Cody in Baltimore. Williams, Jernigan and Tyson are young players, who have barely begun to reach their true potential. The defensive line should be strong.

Outside Linebackers
1.) Terrell Suggs
2.) Elvis Dumervil
3.) Courtney Upshaw
4.) Pernell McPhee
Analysis: From a purely talent standpoint, the Ravens have the players to rush the passer. Terrell Suggs looks like he is in as good a shape as he ever has been. Elvis Dumervil looks poised to be a top tier pass rusher as well. Upshaw will be the Sam linebacker for running downs. McPhee will work into the rotation, especially in sub packages in passing situations.

Interior Linebackers
1.) Darryl Smith
2.) CJ Mosley
3.) Arthur Brown
4.) Josh Bynes
5.) Albert McClellan
6.) Zachary Orr
Analysis: Another mild surprise is the Ravens keeping 6 inside linebackers. Zachary Orr must have made quit an impression on the Ravens brass this preseason. I am glad McClellan made the roster as he is a talented, hard worker. I think the Ravens should have parted ways with the Josh Bynes experiment. He is one of the least athletic linebackers I have ever seen. The group overall looks strong, the starters will dominate.

Cornerback
1.) Jimmy Smith
2.) Ladarius Webb
3.) Asa Jackson
4.) Chykie Brown
Analysis: The health of Smith and Webb must not be a concern, as the Ravens only keep 4 cornerbacks. This is a thin position group , but it os a quality group nonetheless. Smith and Webb are one of the best CB duos in the league.

Safeties
1.) Darian Stewart
2.) Matt Elam
3.) Jeromy Miles
4.) Anthony Levine
5.) Terrence Brooks
6.) Brynden Trawick
(Will Hill suspended first 6 games)
Analysis: The depth at safety will help at CB if that contingency is needed. The Ravens were impressed with Stewart this preseason, but Brooks (or maybe Will Hill) could end up taking that job when ready. Matt Elam needs to take steps forward in his sophomore season.

Specialists
Kicker- Justin Tucker
Punter Sam Koch
Long Snapper: Morgan Cox
Analysis: It does not get much better than this. Long live the Wolf-pack.

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