BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 25: LaQuan Williams #15 of the Baltimore Ravens returns a punt against the Washington Redskins during the second half of a preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Redskins 34-31. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
While the Baltimore Ravens final pre-season game at the Atlanta Falcons will not mean much to most of the players, there will be some that will be fighting for their NFL careers and their performance tonight will go a long way to making the difference between playing professional football and browsing the help-wanted ads to see where their next career will be.
The Ravens are a veteran team, which is good for fans that want to see their team go deep into the post-season this year, but that also means the opportunities to crack the final 53-man roster are very slim. Most positions are set but there are those tough decisions that will combine ability, potential, salary and age to come out with the final roster on Saturday.
A great story by Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times details the biggest roster battles as well as who he says is definitely making the roster, definitely out and on the bubble. Readers of Baltimore Beatdown who are entering our "Predict The Ravens 53-Man Roster" could use this article as an excellent template for making your picks. Either way guys like WR's LaQuan Williams, Marcus Smith, RB's Jalen Parmele, Anthony Allen and LB's Tavares Gooden, Jason Phillips will have the Ravens making tough decisions as to who will stay and who will be looking for either new teams or new careers in 2011.