The Baltimore Ravens have released a new depth chart just days before their Week 1 match against the Miami Dolphins.
First, a quick reminder that the Ravens Public Relations staff release these depth charts. This is not the coaching staff choosing to do so. So if they trot out a different player at left guard or center, don’t come in raging.
On Monday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked who will start at left guard.
“Yes, we’ve decided,” Harbaugh said. “We have our starting lineup all set up, but we’re not going to share that information. Why would we? What would be the advantage for us to do that?”
It appears they may have done so anyway as Bradley Bozeman is penciled into the starting role with rookie Ben Powers backing him up.
This leaves James Hurst as the backup swing tackle and backup right guard, behind Marshal Yanda. Though Patrick Mekari did make the 53-man roster, he still has work to do if he wants to see the playing field. Right now, he’s the third-string left guard.
Baltimore still has Nick Boyle as the starting tight end, though Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst are right behind him if not in front of him in certain aspects. No matter, as Boyle’s blocking ability keeps him firmly involved with the offense.
I’m not taking much stock in the wide receiver standings. We all know Marquise Brown is a first-round pick the team wants to use. He won’t often be held out while the team puts Chris Moore ahead of him.
On defense, we don’t see many suprises. Tim Williams is still backing up veteran Pernell McPhee while Tyus Bowser sits behind Matt Judon for the SAM role. Jaylon Ferguson is the third-string pass rusher.
The inside linebackers remain unchanged with Patrick Onwuasor starting middle and Chris Board playing weakside. Kenny Young is still backing up Board while Otaro Alaka is the backup middle linebacker. I’m curious to know if Peanut goes down that the Ravens would put in Alaka over Young. I doubt it but that could be something worth watching. More importantly, will we see Young usurp Board for the second linebacker role sometime in 2019?