UPDATE: This is a quick update regarding question #3. The Ravens have officially sent LB Jameel McClain to the PUP list, along with sending DE Kapron Lewis-Moore to non-football injury list. This has been done to reduce roster from 77 players down to 75, which was necessary by today at 4:00 p.m. EST. For more information on this story, click here.
Happy Tuesday, Ravens Nation! I hope you all are having a fantastic day. This will be the final edition of Tuesday's Mailbag for the month of August. Unfortunately, for the month finale, we only have a few questions. Even though there aren't very many questions, I will still answer all of them to the best of my ability! Let's get started, shall we?
Q1: Everyone is saying that Michael Huff is a lock to be a starter this season, but is it possible that Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo could be the starters? - @realWillThrill
From all of the reports that I have seen, it seems as if Michael Huff will be the starter at the FS position. Now it looks like it is down to the competition for the SS position, in which Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo are playing for. At the moment, Elam is the favorite to come off of the bench this season, as Ihedigbo is a veteran and looked well in preseason.
Matt Elam has looked the best among the safeties in the preseason, but he is a rookie and the other two guys have the advantage over him for the time being.
Q2: Could every wide receiver on the roster make the team? - @realWillThrill
It's possible, but I highly doubt it.
There is no way possible that I can see Aaron Mellette, LaQuan Williams, Tandon Doss, Deonte Thompson, Jacoby Jones, Brandon Stokley, Torrey Smith, and Marlon Brown all making the roster. I do not see the need for all of these guys, nor do I think Ozzie will want to keep all eight.
My only thing is that they could keep six on the roster, Thompson gets IR'd, and another one goes on the practice squad. This would make all of them still be involved in the Ravens in some way.
Q3: What other IR or PUP candidates are there? - @realWillThrill
Here is a list of a few guys that could be on these two lists, according to Jason Butt of Baltimore Beatdown:
- TE Dennis Pitta
- WR Deonte Thompson
- G/C Ryan Jensen
- ILB Jameel McClain
- DT Kapron Lewis-Moore