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Projecting the Ravens 53-man roster 1.0

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Here's Baltimore Beatdown's first roster projection of the preseason.

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Entering preseason Week 2, here's our take on who's in and who's out:

Quarterback (3): Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor, Keith Wenning

Analysis: With Taylor entering a contract season and Wenning not ready to be an NFL No. 2 quarterback, the Ravens go with three.

Running back (4): Ray Rice*, Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro; Out: Cierre Wood, Fitzgerald Toussaint

Analysis: At least to start the season, the Ravens go with four running backs. If roster spots become a concern, Forsett could be expendable. But in an offense that wants to run the ball a lot, depth at running back is important.

*Suspended for two games and won't count toward initial 53-man roster.

Fullback (1): Kyle Juszczyk

Analysis: Juszczyk has a chance to play a major role in his second NFL season.

Wide receiver (5): Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones, Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro; Bubble: Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken, Jeremy Butler; Out: LaQuan Williams, Mike Willie, Jace Davis

Analysis: The top four receivers are in — the Smiths, Jones and Brown. The Ravens didn't trade into the seventh round to cut Campanaro. From there, it's a matter of how deep the Ravens want — or need — to go at receiver. Thompson hasn't had a great preseason and is expendable. Aiken and Butler are sleepers, with one of them having a shot at being the sixth guy on the team. Williams had a good run but is likely on the outside.

Tight end (3): Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels, Crockett Gillmore; Out: Nathan Overbay, Phillip Supernaw

Analysis: It's pretty cut and dry at tight end. They have a solid top two with a rookie that will learn under them.

Offensive line (9): Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, Rick Wagner, Ryan Jensen, John Urschel, Gino Gradkowski, A.Q. Shipley. Bubble: Jah Reid, James Hurst, Will Rackley. Out: Reggie Stephens, David Mims, Parker Graham, Brett Van Sloten,

Analysis: The starting offensive line is finite barring injury. From there, the Ravens have to be calculated with who they keep on. Urschel gets a nod due to being a recent draft pick. Jensen is versatile enough to play all five positions on the offensive line and therefore gets a spot. Gradkowski and Shipley have game experience, even though they both had their share of struggles a season ago. Reid and Hurst have a big opportunity on Saturday to prove they belong on this year's team. Reid will need a great performance, especially.

Defensive line (6): Haloti Ngata, Brandon Williams, Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson, Timmy Jernigan, Terrence Cody. IR candidates: Kapron Lewis-Moore, Brent Urban. Bubble: Derrick Hopkins. Out: AJ Pataiali'i, Jamie Meder, Levi Brown

Analysis: Cody certainly appeared on his way out prior to training camp. Season-ending injuries to Lewis-Moore and Urban have given him a spot again, whenever he does come off the PUP list. If he has to begin the season on it, look for the Ravens to either take a chance on an undrafted rookie, such as Hopkins or Pataiali'i, or to bring on an extra player at another position.

Outside linebacker (5): Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Pernell McPhee, Courtney Upshaw, John Simon; Out: Nick DiMarco, D.J. Roberts


Analysis: This group is fairly cut and dry, with all five contributing in some fashion this season.

Inside linebacker (4): Daryl Smith, C.J. Mosley, Arthur Brown, Josh Bynes; Bubble: Albert McClellan. Out: Austin Spitler, Zach Orr

Analysis: McClellan could be the victim of the numbers game. He offers a lot of versatility with his ability to play outside and inside, as well as special teams, but isn't as valuable to the rotation as the top four. He could be someone that starts the year on the 53-man roster, though, with Rice suspended for two games and the potential for Cody to open the season on the PUP list.

Cornerback (5): Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Asa Jackson, Chykie Brown, Tramain Jacobs. Bubble: Dominique Franks, Deji Olatoye. Out: Sammy Seamster, Marrio Norman

Analysis: Brown gets a spot due to his experience within the scheme of the defense, even though his preseason hasn't been especially strong. Jacobs has been a huge buzz throughout camp and has a great shot at making this team. Don't count any of the others out yet, even Seamster. He, along with Franks and Olatoye, figure to get some opportunities this weekend.

Safety (5): Matt Elam, Darian Stewart, Terrence Brooks, Jeromy Miles, Brynden Trawick; Bubble: Omar Brown. Roster exemption for six weeks: Will Hill;

Analysis: At some point, you'd think Brown would get a roster spot. However, Trawick is more important to this team special teams wise, with Elam, Stewart, Brooks and Miles better at safety. With Hill suspended for six games, along with Rice and Cody's situations, Brown could be in a situation similar to McCellan.

Special teams (3): Sam Koch, Justin Tucker, Morgan Cox; Out: Richie Leone

Analysis: The Wolfpack returns.