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Key 53-man roster predictions for all 32 NFL teams - Austin Gayle

Just making the cut: DI Zach Sieler, LB Kenny Young

Ravens defenders Sieler and Young will push the Ravens’ brass to consider the livelihoods of veterans Davis and Onwuasor. Sieler, who has earned the second-highest grade among Ravens’ defensive interior players this preseason, and Young have both flashed high-level play in the teams’ exhibition games.

What we learned from Thursday’s preseason finales - Austin Knoblauch

Lamar Jackson put in another solid performance for the Ravens. The first-round pick started against the Redskins, connecting on 9 of 15 passes for 109 yards. He also rushed for 25 yards on three carries -- and scored a TD on a 1-yard carry. After starting the preseason with some rocky performances, Jackson’s last two games should give the Ravens more confidence in their Joe Flacco emergency option. Robert Griffin III not playing against his former team is just as notable. It’s difficult to say what the Ravens’ plans might be for the veteran QB. Will he stay on the roster? Are they trying to trade him? Answers will be provided soon enough.

ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 4 - Pro Football Focus

Patrick Ricard had a very solid all-around performance in tonight’s preseason finale. His impact was felt along the line of scrimmage in both the run and pass game. Ricard excelled tonight in shedding blocks and helped stall Washington’s run game into the fourth quarter. He also fit well with the numerous stunts Baltimore ran in the fourth quarter.

Whether making a positive or negative impact on each given play, it seemed that linebacker Chris Board was always around the ball. He tied for the team lead in tackles on the night and was also targeted frequently in the passing game. Board struggled to truly find a groove, especially against Washington’s power run plays, and he also was beaten in short yardage passing situations. A roster hopeful, Board flashed some potential tonight that could be useful as a depth defender for the Ravens.

Preseason Stock Watch: Ravens vs. Redskins - Ryan Mink

TE Mark Andrews

The third-round rookie has been hampered by injuries this preseason and hadn’t done much in three preseason games (two catches for 7 yards). Andrews emerged in the preseason finale with three catches for 61 yards in the first half, including a 45-yarder in which he bounced off a Redskins defender. With fellow rookie tight end Hayden Hurst sidelined by a foot surgery, Andrews could make an offensive impact early this season.

The Breakdown: Eisenberg Predicts Ravens’ Final 53-Man Roster - John Eisenberg

Offensive line: Marshal Yanda, Ronnie Stanley, Matt Skura, James Hurst, Alex Lewis, Orlando Brown Jr., Bradley Bozeman, Jermaine Eluemunor

Skinny: The top six are locks and the Ravens certainly hope they take up most of the O-line snaps because the depth is inexperienced. Bozeman, Eluemunor and Nico Siragusa have battled for two spots. Bozeman pushed ahead recently, and with Siragusa set back by a major knee injury a year ago, Eluemunor makes it. But my guess is the Ravens will scour the waiver (and/or trade) wire for a more experienced backup.

Defensive line: Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Brent Urban, Willie Henry, Chris Wormley, Zach Sieler, Carl Davis

Skinny: A year ago, when it appeared the Ravens had too many players here, I projected they’d cut one. (It was Willie Henry, oops.) I’m not going to make the same mistake again. This is a position where your depth gets tested during a long season. Sieler is too promising to risk losing, and Davis is a versatile veteran. I say both make it, but not Bronson Kaufusi.