Baltimore Ravens: A review of the official 53-man roster

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Aug 26, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jaylen Hill (43) returns his interception against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

After a busy weekend, the Baltimore Ravens have cut down to their official 53-man roster. While they are likely to make more transactions during the season, this is most likely the team that will be traveling to Cincinnati to face the Bengals in Week 1. Let’s take a look at the roster Baltimore was able to put together.

Offense

Quarterback: Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett

Despite capturing the hearts of Ravens fans this preseason, Josh Woodrum was cut from the team. For a while, it appeared he may have had a shot at taking the No. 2 spot from Mallett, but a sorry outing in preseason Week 3 dashed those hopes. The Ravens decided to go with the proven commodity in Ryan Mallett. Hopefully it won’t matter, as Flacco returned to practice this week and has a pretty good track record when it comes to availability.

Running Back: Terrance West, Danny Woodhead, Buck Allen

The only real surprise here is that the Ravens cut Taquan Mizzell. Mizzell had a great preseason with the team and many fans were calling for him to at least join on the practice squad. Unfortunately, he was snagged by the Chicago Bears before he could clear waivers.

Danny Woodhead and Buck Allen both have pass catching ability. Terrance West can be a solid No. 1 back, but with Kenneth Dixon missing the season, don’t be surprised if the Ravens bring in another RB.

While the Ravens technically don’t have a fullback on their roster, undrafted free agent Patrick Ricard will fill that role when needed. Ricard is normally a defensive back but showed the team that he can do both during preseason.

Wide Receiver: Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, Michael Campanaro, Chris Moore

No real surprises here. Chris Moore just barely beat out Chris Matthews for a roster spot. Moore had a better preseason, so he got the spot. While Moore was the No. 4 receiver last season, Campanaro seems to have won that position from him with a solid preseason. The only question now is if Campanaro can stay healthy long enough to make an impact.

Tight End: Ben Watson, Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle, Vince Mayle

Mayle might not make it to the end of the season. He’s mostly going to be a special teams guy. With Dennis Pitta’s injury and also Darren Waller’s suspension, there wasn’t much left to choose from for the Ravens in terms of tight end.

Offensive Line: Ronnie Stanley, Marshal Yanda, James Hurst, Ryan Jensen, Austin Howard, Jermaine Eluemunor, Tony Bergstrom, Luke Bowanko

Recently traded, cut, signed again, now cut; Jeremy Zuttah has had a roller coaster of an offseason. Matt Skura, who was expected to compete for a starting role, was also cut. Tony Bergstrom and Luke Bowanko were both acquired via trade in the eleventh hour. Besides those trades, no more surprises here. If the Ravens are going to have a successful year and get back to the playoffs, this group is going to need to stay healthy and play well.


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Defense

Defensive Line: Brandon Williams, Brent Urban, Michael Pierce, Bronson Kaufusi, Chris Wormley, Carl Davis, Patrick Ricard, Willie Henry

Many thought the Ravens were going to try to shop some of their defensive lineman since they are so deep at the position. Instead, it looks like Baltimore elected to stay deep at this position. All eight lineman on the preseason roster made the team. While the Ravens could still deal one of these guys, it is nice to see such depth on the front line.

Inside Linebacker: C.J Mosley, Kamalei Correa, Patrick Onwuasor, Bam Bradley

Mosley’s spot is obviously locked up, he’s one of the best in the league. The other ILB spot however, is not so certain. Correa and Onwuasor will fight over the starting spot. Undrafted rookie Bam Bradley could swoop in and take it if he continues to impress, though.

Outside Linebacker: Terrell Sugss, Matt Judon, Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, Za’Darius Smith

The Ravens had a tough time pressuring the quarterback in 2016. After adding two new OLB through the draft, they have some much needed depth at the position. We should be seeing quite a few more sacks this year from this group.

CB: Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr, Marlon Humphrey, Jaylen Hill, Sheldon Price, Maurice Canady

The only real news here is Jaylen Hill, the star of the Ravens preseason. There was no way he could get cut after his incredible preseason performances. Surprisingly, Maurice Canady wasn’t placed on the Injured Reserve. There’s a chance we’ll see him play this year after all.

Saftey: Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, Lardarius Webb, Anthony Levine, Chuck Clark

No surprises at all here. Weddle and Jefferson should be one of the best safety duos in the league this year, maybe even of all time.

Special Teams: Justin Tucker, Sam Koch, Morgan Cox

No surprises again. Tucker better not try to make any more hero tackles or scoop-and-scores and get himself hurt. The Ravens can’t afford an injury to the man with the golden leg.

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