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How other teams make their 53 man roster

As we were sweating out the final cuts along with the bubble players, and trying to guess the makeup of the final 53 man roster, I started wondering "What does the typical roster in the NFL look like?"  I assumed it would be pretty standard with 25 offense, 25 defense and 3 ST plus or minus 1 between O and D.  So with the final cuts being announced yesterday, I took a look at the final rosters of 10 teams (our Division and selected others) to see how the roster compositions compared. 

POS

Bal

Cin

Pitt

Cle

NYJ

NE

Ind

Dal

Mia

NO

QB

2

3

3

3

3

2

2

3

3

2

RB

4

4

4

4

7

5

4

5

5

5

WR

6

6

6

5

4

6

4

5

5

6

TE

3

3

3

4

4

3

5

2

2

4

OL

8

9

9

8

8

10

10

10

9

8

OFF

23

25

25

24

26

26

25

25

24

25

DL

9

9

6

6

6

8

10

7

7

8

LB

9

7

9

12

8

8

7

9

9

7

DB

9

9

10

8

10

8

9

9

10

10

DEF

27

25

25

26

24

24

26

25

26

25

ST

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

3

3

3

TOT

53

53

53

53

53

53

53

53

53

53

A few comments on the results:

  • Not too surprising that the Ravens were the only team of the ten I looked at with a 27/23 balance favoring the defense.
  • 4 of the 10 teams went with only 2 QB's with the Ravens joining this trend. 
  • The Jets carrying 7 RB seems odd.
  • The pass first Colts carry only 4 WR but kept 5 TE. 
  • On defense - the Jets again surprise with 14 DL/LB and 10 DB's.  Average for this group is 16 DL/LB and 9 DB.  Rex is always different.
  • The Steelers, Dolphins and Saints also kept 10 DB's.

I found this interesting and thought I would put it out there.  I would be interested in your comments on how the Ravens make roster decisions vs. other teams. 

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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