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Ravens News 7/31: Roster projection, practice reports and more

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Baltimore Ravens 53-man roster projection: A first guess at how things could shape up - Aaron Kasinitz

Wide receivers (6)

Players they’re keeping

Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead IV, Chris Moore, Jaleel Scott, Breshad Perriman

Who gets cut

Jordan Lasley, Tim White, Janarion Grant, Andre Levrone, Jaelon Acklin, DeVier Posey, Quincy Adeboyejo (PUP)

The reasoning

Perriman, a 2015 first-round pick, hasn’t done enough to sew up a roster spot yet. Still, the Ravens spent more than $649,000 to give him the chance to impress during training camp, so I have a hunch they’ll keep him around, so long as he proves capable of chipping in on special teams. With Perriman in the fold, Baltimore might have to choose between Scott (a fourth-round rookie) and Lasley (a fifth-rounder). It could be a bit easier to slide Lasley onto the practice squad.

Tight ends (4)

Players they’re keeping

Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle, Vince Mayle

Who gets cut

Maxx Williams, Nick Keizer

The reasoning

Williams, a 2015 second-round pick, has had a decent training camp so far, but it’s hard to find a roster spot for him. Hurst and Andrews are promising rookies, Boyle is a valuable blocker and Mayle’s special teams acumen provides an edge.

In total, Kasinitz believes four 2018 draft picks will not make the final 53 man roster - Jordan Lasley, Greg Senat, Bradley Bozeman and Zach Seiler. Questionably, he expects Vince Mayle and Kamalei Correa to make the club due to their special teams ability but does not include a return specialist in his roster projection.

Practice Report 7/30: Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott Flash With Deep Touchdowns - Garrett Downing

- Rookie tight end Mark Andrews has not practiced since the first day of training camp because of a soft-tissue issue. Some of the other players absent from practice were running back Kenneth Dixon (reported hamstring) and safety Tony Jefferson (undisclosed). Head Coach John Harbaugh has stressed throughout camp that none of the injuries are considered serious at this point.

Hopefully Mark Andrews is ready to return to the field soon, the rookie could definitely benefit from the reps.

Ravens camp highlights: Strong finish for offense on Monday morning - Edward Lee

Almost perfect

Kicker Justin Tucker converted on 7-of-8 field goals. After making his first six attempts ranging from 23 to 48 yards, his next try from 54 yards trailed off wide right. But Tucker rebounded by drilling a 55-yarder between the uprights. Rookie Kaare Vedvik nailed a 47-yarder to end practice.

Rosburg roarin’

The special teams portion of practice was punctuated by a display of tough love from Jerry Rosburg. The special teams coordinator and associate head coach took aim at tight end Vince Mayle, outside linebacker Tim Williams and rookie cornerback Darious Williams for errors as part of the punt return and coverage units. When Lasley did not return a punt to Rosburg’s liking, he barked, “Hey, Jordan, I don’t know what you’re doing, but we’re practicing!”

Rosburg’s preferences for his coverage and return units will probably decide who earns the final few spots on roster cutdown day. Between Chris Moore, Javorius Allen, Patrick Ricard, Nick Boyle, Patrick Onwuasor, Kenny Young, Albert McClellan, Tavon Young, Anthony Averett, Anthony Levine, Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott, the coordinator has plenty of potential special teams ‘aces’ to choose from.