Finish the Roster

The NFL regular season is quickly approaching. Soon teams around the league will need to decide who they wish to keep, and who they will cut. The Ravens are no exception, and it appears they may have more legitimate talent than they can fit onto the 53 man roster.This is hopefully a little exercise to see who everyone thinks makes the roster, particularly in the last few available spots. I think most fans would agree that this collection of players probably makes the roster:

QB:    Joe Flacco
RB:    Ray Rice, Ricky Williams
FB:    Vonta Leach
WR:    Anquan Boldin, Lee Evans, Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss
TE:    Ed Dickson, Dennis Pitta
OT:    Michael Oher, Jah Reid, Mark LeVoir, Ramon Harewood
OG:    Ben Grubbs, Marshal Yanda
C:    Matt Birk
DE:    Haloti Ngata, Cory Redding, Paul Kruger, Pernell McPhee
DT:    Terrence Cody    
OLB:    Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson, Sergio Kindle
MLB:    Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe, Jameel McClain, Tavares Gooden
CB:    Chris Carr, Lardarius Webb, Domonique Foxworth, Jimmy Smith, Cary Williams
S:    Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard, Tom Zbikowski, Haruki Nakamura
LS:    Morgan Cox
K:    Billy Cundiff
P:    Sam Koch


By my count, that's 41 players who are locks or extremely likely to make the team. This leaves (barring injury) 12 open spots, but not just anyone can be added to the roster. This team still needs at the very least: 1 QB, 1 G, 1 C, and 1 DT and is shallow at RB, WR, TE, and OLB.  That's 8 spots that will likely need to be filled. This leaves about 4 spots open for special teams players and young, high-upside players to sneak onto the squad.

The following is a list of players currently on the roster vying for the remaining 12 roster spots. Who do you think makes the cut?

QB:    Tyrod Taylor*, Hunter Cantwell
RB:    Anthony Allen*, Jalen Parmele, Damien Berry, Matt Lawrence
FB:    Ryan Mahaffey
WR:    David Reed*, LaQuan Williams*, Marcus Smith, Justin Harper, Rodney Bradley, Brandon Jones, James Hardy, Terrell Zachery
TE:    Davon Drew, Johdrick Morris, Kris Wilson*, Jonathan Stupar
OT:    Brady Bond
OG:    Oniel Cousins*, Justin Boren, Andre Ramsey
C:    Bryan Mattison*, Ryan Bartholomew, Tim Barnes, Jason Murphy
DE:    Albert McClellan
DT:    Brandon McKinney*, Arthur Jones*, Lamar Divens, Cornell Banks, Derek Simmons, Bryan Hall
OLB:    Prescott Burgess
MLB:    Brendon Ayanbadejo*, Jason Phillips, Josh Bynes, Anthony Leon, Chavis Williams
CB:    Chykie Brown* Marcus Paschal, Josh Victorian, Talmadge Jackson, Danny Gorrer
S:    Mana Silva, Nate Williams
LS:    Patrick Scales
K:    Jacob Harfman

Although my opinion isn't the point here, the players with asterisks are who I predict make the team after the roster is cut to 53. Notice I only choose 11 names, as I think we still bring in a 3rd QB from off the roster. Nonetheless, the point of this post is your opinions. What names do you want to see called? Who just misses the roster? Who do you want the Ravens to keep but think they will cut? What positions do you think we fill from outside the current roster? Let's hear it fans!

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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