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Camp Notes Final 53-Man Roster Prediction

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Dev Panchwagh and I are back ahead of Saturday’s 4 p.m. to give you our final 53-man roster prediction. With preseason game four now in the books and looking ahead to week one vs. the Buffalo Bills there are drastic change in our latest version. (See the previous version here)

Without further ado:

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks (2)

In: Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett

Out: Josh Johnson

NOTES: Mallett saw limited in action last night thus securing his position as Joe Flacco’s primary back up. Josh Johnson had another solid outing and put forth a decent effort in trying to unseat Mallett this summer. Unfortunately for Johnson, the Ravens have too much money invested in Mallett.

Running Backs (4)

In: Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Terrance West, Kenneth Dixon

Out: Lorenzo Taliaferro, Stephen Houston

Notes: Neither Justin Forsett nor Terrance West played a snap in the preseason finale and Buck Allen’s role was limited. Taliaferro remains on the physically unable to perform list and Houston, although impressive in his latest outing, will not make the roster.

Fullback (1)

In: Kyle Juszczyk

Notes: He will lead the way for the Ravens run game in 2016 and Marc Trestman will get him the ball as a receiver on occasion.

Wide Receiver (6)

In: Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace,  Michael Campanaro, Kamar Aiken, Breshad Perriman, Chris Moore

Out: Jeremy Butler, Chris Matthews, Keenan Reynolds

NOTES: It’s a numbers game at one of the deepest units on the entire team. Butler had an outstanding preseason but to the dismay of some fans, won’t make the final 53 (I fought hard for him, Dev overruled me.) The Ravens need the roster space for other positions, thus costing Butler his spot.

Offensive Line (8)

In: Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, Rick Wagner, Ryan Jensen, John Urschel, Ronnie Stanley, Alex Lewis, De’Ondre Wesley

Bubble: Vlad Ducasse

Out: Blaine Clausell, Matt Skura, James Hurst

NOTES: The battle between Ducasse and Wesley is all but over and it appears Wesley will get the job on the final 53 due to his versatility, playing multiple positions along the offensive front. James Hurst will no longer be a turnstile in purple and black.

Tight End (3)

In:  Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore , Maxx Williams 

Bubble: Darren Waller, Nick Boyle

Out: Daniel Brown

NOTES: Even with Benjamin Watson’s season-ending injury, the strong play of Waller and Boyle, although suspended, ends Brown’s chance at the 53-man roster.  We believe he will end up on the practice squad.

DEFENSE

Defensive Line (7)

In: Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Carl Davis, Lawrence Guy, Brent Urban, Michael Pierce, Willie Henry

Out: Kapron Lewis-Moore, Trevon Coley

NOTES: Some notable changes since our last roster prediction as Kapron Lewis-Moore is out and Michael Pierce is in. Pierce has quietly put together an impressive training camp and preseason to earn the final spot along the defensive front. Lewis-Moore has played well but has clearly been out-performed by the undrafted Pierce.

Linebackers (9)

In: Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, C.J. Mosley, Kamalei Correa, Za’Darius Smith, Zach Orr, Albert McClellan, Matt Judon, Victor Ochi

Out: Arthur Brown, Brennen Beyer, Patrick Onwuasor, Chris Carter

NOTES: The Ravens are looking ahead to the future and opt to keep Ochi, who was highly coveted by several teams before the undrafted LB signed with the Ravens. As Dev pointed out regarding Ochi:

“A sub-package rusher or even more than that. He’s the natural edge rusher prospect they’ve been looking for. Judon is great but I’m just talking in terms of speed, bend, and getting around the corner. If they lose him, it may come back to haunt them. I like [Jeremy] Butler and he’s obviously fought hard but this is more of a move for the future.”

Cornerbacks (6)

In: Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Tavon Young, Jerraud Powers, Will Davis, Maurice Canady

Out: Julian Wilson, Sheldon Price

NOTES: Outside of Smith and Wright, the pecking order is a confusing one for Leslie Frazier’s secondary. Powers has been sidelined lately with Tavon Young and Will Davis taking over his reps. Throw in the health status of rookie Maurice Canady and this remains a worrisome unit.

Safeties (4)

In : Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, Anthony Levine, Terrence Brooks 

Out: Kendrick Lewis

NOTES: With Webb and Weddle locks, Matt Elam’s injury and Kendrick Lewis not seeing the field in over two weeks, the door is wide open for Terrence Brooks and Anthony Levine. Brooks got the start in place of Webb (back stiffness) against Detroit and played the entire game as did he vs. New Orleans. Levine continues to make plays when on the field and gives the Ravens a player who can also play multiple roles.

SPECIALISTS (3)

In: Sam Koch, Justin Tucker, Morgan Cox

 

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