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Ravens first depth chart shows veterans earn the nod

The young guns will have to earn their roles

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The Ravens recently released their first 2020 depth chart and it’s time to go over a few key positions. Before we do so, I’d like to remind everybody that this is not done by head coach John Harbaugh, or general manager Eric DeCosta. The depth chart is released by the PR staff, which means to take it with a grain of salt. And though some believe it’s not worth talking about, I’m doing so anyways.

First, after months of speculation, the assumed starter at right guard is veteran D.J. Fluker. There’s been talk of the rookie Tyre Philips taking the role but until the first offensive snap on Sunday, it looks to be Fluker’s job.

According to the depth chart, rookie RB J.K. Dobbins has been placed as the fourth-string tailback, behind Mark Ingram II, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill, respectively. I highly doubt the same player who earned praise from Harbaugh is going to be on the bench, which is why Zrebiec is right about these things sometimes being worthless to discuss. Nonetheless, at least pointing this out is entertaining, right?

Now, on defense, it’s much of the same. The veterans have held onto nearly all starting roles. Most notably, Pernell McPhee still starting at outside linebacker over Jaylon Ferguson and Tyus Bowser. This, I’m not so sure is an incorrect placement as we’ve yet to see Ferguson or Bowser take the leap.

As stated before, we won’t know the accuracy of the depth chart until Sunday, when the Ravens face off against the Cleveland Browns.