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Five Thoughts on Ravens’ Roster Cuts - John Eisenberg

The final 53 is heavy on linemen, no pun intended, with nine O-linemen and seven D-linemen combining to comprise 30 percent of the roster … To be clear, the team didn’t go with more experienced players on every roster call, as it kept rookie safety Geno Stone ahead of Richards … Also, the Ravens brought in veteran Kenjon Barner to compete with rookie James Proche II for the punt and kickoff return jobs, and Proche won out. He’ll likely return punts, at least; the kickoff return job isn’t as a clear cut, as Justice Hill and Moore also could handle that … Ehringer was being considered for the backup tackle job, but there are numerous possibilities for that role on the final 53, including veteran D.J. Fluker and rookie Tyre Phillips, the top candidates to start at right guard.

2020 NFL roster cuts: Our 32 takeaways include odd moves for Cowboys and Raiders, kicker questions and more - R.J. White

Baltimore Ravens: Going sparse at tight end

The Ravens last year were marked by great depth at the tight end position, trotting out receiving threat Mark Andrews, blocking weapon Nick Boyle and former first-round pick Hayden Hurst. With Hurst traded to the Falcons this offseason, it was an open question who would emerge as the third option at the position this summer. And it turns out, so far, no one. The Ravens cut all three of the tight ends left on the roster on Saturday, including Charles Scarff, Jerell Adams and UDFA Eli Wolf. Fullback Patrick Ricard can fill in at tight end if needed, but expect Baltimore to be on the lookout for a third tight end as they sift through available players as well.

Huntley, Warrior, Wolf, highlight Ravens’ 16-player practice squad - Todd Karpovich

Huntley showed solid arm strength and accuracy throughout the past month’s practices. There was some speculation that he had played well enough to unseat Trace McSorley as the third quarterback on the depth chart. Huntley will now get th chance to continued to develop within the organization.

Warrior showed that he has a nose for the ball with two interceptions during training camp. He’s a player that could make his way to the active roster this season.

He finished his collegiate career with 239 tackles (144 solo), 7.5 tackles for a loss, 18 passes defended, five interceptions, one sack, and three forced fumbles.

His father, Dale Carter, was a two-time All-American defensive back at Tennessee in 1990-91 and went on to have an All-Pro career with the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Betting 2020: Betting preview for every Week 1 NFL game - Ben Brown


An AFC North showdown awaits in Baltimore as the Ravens look to rebound after their early playoff exit in 2019. Baltimore stacks up right behind Kansas City in seemingly every power ranking, but when we focus solely on betting market power rankings, our model has Baltimore in the first spot.

Our Elo model has the Browns at 21st overall but sees potential in their offense, ranking them 17th according to our opponent-adjusted grades. The Browns and Baker Mayfieldhave failed to live up to the hype in previous seasons, but new head coach Kevin Stefanski is looking for a quick rebound in his first year in Cleveland. Betting markets look to be buying in early, as we have seen some slight line movement toward the Browns since this line opened; -9 is an inconsequential number, but coming off -10 open implies the Browns have found backing.

The moneyline cash percentage is split evenly between these two teams, which is surprising given how often the public likes backing the big underdog on the moneyline. Baltimore should receive significant public backing all season, which is one reason why they may sit so well in our betting market power rankings.

If bookmakers are shading lines toward Baltimore with the expectation that bettors will still flock to bet them, it could mean Baltimore could be a team to fade early in the season.

NFL odds, picks, predictions for Week 1, 2020: Advanced computer model loving Vikings, Ravens - CBS

Another one of the Week 1 NFL picks from the model: The Baltimore Ravens (-8) cover at home against the Cleveland Browns. Baltimore was the AFC’s top team during the regular season last year, but was bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Titans. They’re motivated to take the next step in 2020 as reigning MVP Lamar Jackson begins his second full season under center.

Baltimore also added to its elite rushing attack by drafting J.K. Dobbins, who will join Mark Ingram in the backfield. The Ravens cover in well over 50 percent of simulations, while the over (48.5) clears almost 60 percent of the time.