After the Ravens second preseason game, I’m here to give my takes regarding the players who aren’t guaranteed a roster spot. Some players are safe and I don’t feel the need to bring them up.
DL/FB Patrick Ricard — A dominant effort for Ricard ends tonight with a fumble recovery, tackle, and two carries for four yards, where one moved the chains on 4th & inches. Making plays on both sides of the ball will get the attention of coaches.
WR Chris Moore — He’s clearly on track to make the roster. He’s been heavily targeted by both Lamar Jackson and Trace McSorley. Over the past two games, Moore has caught all six targets thrown his way for 102 yards and a touchdown. He also provides value in special teams, too.
CB Cyrus Jones — With CB Tavon Young nursing an injury, Jones was called upon for first-team reps. He played rather well last week with a pick six and while he didn’t score again tonight, he provided solid defense. It means a lot for head coach John Harbaugh to call your name when the starter is out.
QB Trace McSorley — Many speculate whether McSorley will land on the final 53 or if the Ravens will attempt to squeak him through on the practice squad. He demonstrated great throwing ability tonight, completing great passes. However, his two-minute drill was cut short from a bad pass turned interception.
OL Jermaine Eluemunor — The British-born Raven received the nod for starting tonight at left guard, ahead of rookie Ben Powers and veteran James Hurst. After the starters were pulled, Eluemunor stayed in to play left tackle. He played rather well, as Beatdown contributor Spencer Schultz noted in our Slack chat.
“He had a kick out on a pull into the B gap that opened up that Gus Edwards 15-yard gain.”
RB Justice Hill — The rookie speedster flashed with big plays, including a rushing touchdown in which he fought hard to the goalline. Great work by the rookie. He ends tonight with 10 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Otaro Alaka — Four solo tackles tonight after Chris Board went out with a concussion, including an open-field tackle which may have gone for a first down had he not made the play.
Bradley Bozeman — He may be on the outside looking in after Patrick Mekari was the second-string center who played rather well this evening. The lack of depth at offensive lineman may keep him on the roster but it’s closer than I expected last week.
Gerald Willis — I didn’t see much from the UDFA tonight and Ricard went off. Unless he turns it on in the next two weeks, he’ll be landing elsewhere.
Shane Ray — He was the sixth outside linebacker to see the field tonight. I had him off my first roster projection and I wasn’t the only one.