On Saturday night we saw offseason signee Benjamin Watson fall to the turf on the first play of the game with a non-contact injury. We later learned that he had, in fact, tore his Achilles and will miss the entire season. First, we here at Purple Reign had high hopes for Watson and we hope he is able to bounce back in 2017. He was going to be an integral part of the offense and would have been a positive veteran voice in the locker room. He will surely be missed.
With Watson's injury things completely change in regards to the 53-man roster. Let's take a look and see how things could change following the injury.
Locks: Steve Smith Sr, Breshad Perriman, Chris Moore, Mike Wallace, Kamar Aiken
On The Bubble: Michael Campanaro, Chris Matthews, Jeremy Butler, Keenan Reynolds
With five guys labeled as "locks" to make the Week One roster, the team might now keep a total of seven receivers. My money is on Jeremy Butler and Michael Campanaro. Campanaro has been underwhelming (only two offensive targets through three preseason games) but he makes the squad for his special teams potential. The Watson injury allows the Ravens to keep Butler, who has led the NFL in catches this preseason.
Locks: Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams
On The Bubble: Daniel Brown, Darren Waller, Nick Boyle
Tight end was once the deepest position on the roster and now it's a weakness. Pitta broke a finger during a scuffle during practice but should be ok for the season opener. Waller and Boyle both face suspensions to start the season so the team doesn't need to be in a rush to make a decision on their place on the roster. Watson's injury and Pitta's uncertainty could force the Ravens to keep Daniel Brown or pursue a tight end after training camp cuts start.