Ravens 53-Man Roster Analysis

Quarterbacks:

  1. Joe Flacco
  2. Ryan Mallett

The only real battle in this position group was between Ryan Mallett and Josh Johnson. Both of these quarterbacks had great preseasons and when you ask Ravens fans who they prefer as the backup, it goes either way. Mallett has proven to the front office that he can win games against teams in the regular season last year and I think that is the driving force behind him making the team. 

Running backs:

  1. Terrance West
  2. Buck Allen
  3. Kenneth Dixon

Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon both easily made the team after their impressive training camps. The odd man out in this group is Buck Allen. If Dixon didn't go down from injury, Allen could've been on the chopping block. As of now, it looks like Buck may be limited the the third down running back until Dixon gets back. The Forsett cut may surprise some, but he didn't look that great in preseason and the Ravens are looking to get younger.

Fullback:

  1. Kyle Juszczyk

Can't wait to see how Trestman uses Juice with all of these offensive weapons this year. 

Wide Receivers:

  1. Steve Smith
  2. Mike Wallace
  3. Kamar Aiken
  4. Breshad Perriman
  5. Chris Moore

This is the best receiving core, both depth and top heavy wise, that the Ravens have had since their Super Bowl winning season. Smith is coming off a tough achilles injury, but the emergence of Jeremy Butler and the new additions of Mike Wallace and Chris Moore should allow him to not put too much strain on his body early in the year. Not to mention, Kamar Aiken is coming off a career year and former first round pick, Breshad Perriman, will be making his regular season debut. The only reason I can think of as to why Jeremy Butler didn't make the team is because of special teams. As a sixth receiver you have to be able to contribute elsewhere, especially when you have already have five talented and ready to contribute wide outs. 

Tight Ends:

  1. Crockett Gillmore
  2. Dennis Pitta
  3. Maxx Williams

No shocking cuts were made here, although I fully expect Darren Waller to get a roster spot after his four game suspension.  

Offensive Lineman:

  1. Ronnie Stanley
  2. Marshal Yanda
  3. Ricky Wagner
  4. John Urschel
  5. Jeremy Zuttah
  6. Alex Lewis
  7. Ryan Jenson
  8. James Hurst

This group of Ravens gets me very excited for this season and beyond. These offensive lineman are a tremendous showcase of both youth and veteran savy. Sixth overall pick, Ronnie Stanley, has quietly locked down the left tackle position, only allowed one QB pressure the entire preseason. Marshal Yanda is the best guard in the league and Ricky Wagner will try to return to the form as a quality right tackle. Urschel and Jenson have proven to be quality backups, which is reassuring in case there are some injuries to the interior line. I question the decision to keep Hurst on the team after his horrendous 2015 season, but I guess the team needs more depth at the tackle position.

Defensive Lineman:

  1. Brandon Williams
  2. Timmy Jernigan
  3. Lawrence Guy
  4. Carl Davis 
  5. Brent Urban
  6. Willie Henry
  7. Michael Pierce

The youngest and possibly the most dominant group on the team has to be the defensive line. Brandon Williams is a force to be reckoned with in the middle and is going into a contract year, watch out. Jernigan will be applying interior pressure from the defensive end position, while Lawrence Guy should be a solid run stuffer. Carl Davis got hurt in the final preseason game but is seems to be not that serious. Keep an eye on Brent Urban this year, he is finally healthy and has shown in preseason that he isn't afraid to use his long arms to disrupt passing lanes. Willie Henry will also be a great third down interior rushing asset, despite mental errors I have loved what I've seen from him so far. The undrafted gem, Michael Pierce, rightfully made the team after showing the upper body strength to plug gaps and get after the quarterback in the preseason. 

Linebackers:

  1. C.J. Mosley 
  2. Zach Orr
  3. Terrell Suggs
  4. Elvis Dumervil
  5. Albert McClellan 
  6. Za'Darius Smith
  7. Kamalei Correa
  8. Matt Judon
  9. Chris Carter

Mosley, Orr, Suggs and Dumervil are the starters at inside and outside linebacker. Correa provides the versatility to play either position while Za'Darius Smith and Matt Judon should be the designated situational pass rushers. Chris Carter also had a great preseason so it is not surprise that his upside warrants the final roster spot at the position.

Cornerbacks:

  1. Jimmy Smith
  2. Shareece Wright
  3. Jerraud Powers
  4. Tavon Young
  5. Will Davis
  6. Sheldon Price
  7. Maurice Canady

Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright will be the two starting cornerbacks on the outside. Powers and Young will split time at the nickel position, while Price and Canady provide the depth. Powers wasn't that impressive in preseason, so I would expect a lot of Tavon Young if he can reduce his contact after five yards. Price looked awesome in preseason and was one of the few bright spots of the secondary unit. Canady has been looked at at safety so I would assumed his versatility to play either or is what kept him on the team. I love Will Davis' upside and think he will be a solid backup going into his second year with the team.

Safeties:

  1. Eric Weddle
  2. Lardarius Webb
  3. Kendrick Lewis
  4. Anthony Levine
  5. Matt Elam

Weddle and Webb are the presumed starters with Weddle playing more towards the line of scrimmage and Webb being the rangy free safety. Not sure what the team sees in Lewis, he was hurt all of preseason and looked terrible last season. Levine is an amazing special teamer and proved recently that he can play cornerback at a high level. Matt Elam wasn't claimed off waivers so he returns to the Ravens roster on an injury designation. He looked good against the Colts, let's hope he can stay healthy and continue to improve. The Terrence Brooks cut is a little shocking after his performance in New Orleans a couple days ago, but he has yet to leave his mark against higher level competition. 

Special Teams: 

  1. Justin Tucker
  2. Sam Koch
  3. Morgan Cox

Wolf pack baby.