The big names like Joe Flacco and Terrell Suggs will get plenty of attention when Ravens training camp opens Thursday. However, some lesser-known players are fighting to carve out a role on the 2015 team. Here are five under-the-radar names I’ll be keeping an eye on during practices and preseason games:
Buck Allen, RB - The fourth-round pick has good hands as a receiver, and will battle Lorenzo Taliaferrro to be the backup behind Justin Forsett.
Jeremy Butler, WR - After a superb offseason during minicamp, can Butler carry that momentum through training camp and earn a spot in the wide receiver rotation on Sundays?
Kendrick Lewis, S - He could be the Ravens’ most important free agent signing if he’s a consistent playmaker at free safety.
Brent Urban, DE - Urban was looking good in camp last year until a season-ending knee injury. With his size and athleticism, he could push Chris Canty for a starting job.
Cassius Vaughn, CB - He’ll have to earn a role, but he’s a veteran corner who could add quality depth at a crucial position.