Overly Early Ravens 53 Man Roster

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Training Camp hasn't even started yet, but some players have already left good impressions in minicamps that could determine their employment status come the end of August.

*-possible cut

QB: Joe Flacco, Keith Wenning

Notes: I fully expect Wenning to have a good showing in the preseason and take the job away from Tyrod, who may have better luck finding a job elsewhere. Other than that no surprises here, Flacco's the starter and if the Ravens have to deploy Wenning for any reason other than mop-up duty, the Ravens are looking at a Top 10 pick.

RB: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Justin Forsett*

Notes: Ray Rice is making too much this year to sit on the bench or get cut. Bernard Pierce could be a good fit in Kubiak's offense, if the injury bug doesn't give him issues, but he should be a good change-of-pace back nonetheless. Taliaferro projects to be a short yardage/ goal line back. Forsett could find himself out of a job after Ray's suspension ends.

WR: Torrey Smith, Steve Smith Sr., Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones, Michael Campanaro, Jeremy Butler

Notes: I'm not starting any Jeremy Butler hype, but Butler has been making plays so far and Deonte Thompson has been making Terrell Suggs wash his mouth with soap.

TE: Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels, Crockett Gillmore

Notes: No surprises here. Pitta and Daniels are the Ravens starting Tight Ends, while Gillmore will see some time as a blocker/ goal line target, with some possible work on special teams.

FB: Kyle Juszczyk

Notes: Kubiak's offense doesn't call for a Vonta Leach type fullback, so he won't be getting a call to come back to Baltimore, leaving the job open for Juszczyk.

OT: Eugene Monroe, Ricky Wagner, James Hurst

Notes: Monroe's the definite starter at LT, The job of RT is Wagner's to lose at this moment, and Hurst was holding his own against veterans, while Jah Reid was injured (as always) and will not do much more than start the usual training camp fight.

OG: Kelechi Osemele, Marshal Yanda, John Urschel, Ryan Jensen

Notes: Osemele and Yanda are definite starters at the Guard position, with the one caveat being that Osemele could be moved to RT if Wagner struggles. Urschel should win over Shipley's job as a reserve. Jensen's versatility could allow him to play here if (God Forbid) injuries really devastate the line.

C: Jeremy Zuttah, Gino Gradkowski, Ryan Jensen

Notes: Gino Gradkowski isn't a fan favorite name to see, but the Ravens are quite generous when it comes to giving draft picks chances (see Doss, Tandon and Reid, Jah) so I don't think the Ravens are going to give him the boot, especially if you believe what Birk said about centers. Jensen has been taking snaps as center during OTA's as well as every other position.

DT: Haloti Ngata, Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan

Notes: The Ravens have some young depth here that can be used to keep Ngata fresh down the season. It's going to be hard for any UDFA's to make it into the defensive line at any position. Terrence Cody better step up if he wants to remain employed.

DE: Chris Canty*, DeAngelo Tyson, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Brent Urban

Notes: Canty could find himself out of a job if one of the young defensive ends plays well enough. Tyson hasn't been getting talked about much but he has been making plays. Lewis-Moore should have a breakout year after missing 2013 with an ACL injury. Brent Urban could find it a task to get on the field, outside of special teams. Same with DT, it's hard for undrafteds to get a job here.

OLB: Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw, Pernell McPhee, John Simon

Notes: The Ravens have a very deep lineup here. Simon will probably have a repeat of his 2013 season unless injuries occur here. Suggs and Dumervil will have pass rushing duties, with McPhee stepping in on occasion. Upshaw will take Dumervil's spot on rushing downs.

ILB: Daryl Smith, C.J. Mosley, Arthur Brown, Josh Bynes

Notes: Daryl Smith will still be here in 2014, but after that he could be cut. Arthur Brown and C.J. Mosley will fight for the starting job aside from Daryl, but the "loser" will still see significant playing time. Josh Bynes will be a special teamer, but will stick around for depth.

CB: Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Asa Jackson, Chykie Brown, Aaron Ross

Notes: Jackson and Brown's usability on special teams really helps their case if they don't make it as the nickel corner. Aaron Ross is here for competition.

S: Matt Elam, Jeromy Miles, Terrence Brooks, Darian Stewart

Notes: Miles has experience on ST and SS, so that should help him win the job. Same with Stewart.

K: Justin Tucker

Notes: He's made 68/71, the longest field goal in franchise history, holds the record for most field goals in a single game, and looks like he can be a long-term replacement for Matt Stover.

P: Sam Koch

Notes: Richie Leone has been inconsistent so far, releasing booming punts and shanking them. For Harbs, who prides himself on fielding quality ST units, that's a concern that will lead him to favor Koch.

LS: Morgan Cox

Notes: Haven't heard anything that gives the impression his job is in any sort of jeopardy.

KR/PR: Jacoby Jones, Asa Jackson, Michael Campanaro, Justin Forsett*

Notes: Jacoby should win the job handily, but in case of injuries the Ravens have plenty of capable guys to take over.

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