The Ravens’ slew of injuries has dramatically changed their depth chart since Week 1. Here are five Ravens who are getting an opportunity to make a positive impression during the season’s final six weeks:
Buck Allen, RB – He’ll be the starting running back Monday night against the Browns, with Justin Forsett (broken arm) done for the season. As a rookie, Allen wants to prove he can be the successor to Forsett as the team’s lead back.
Kaelin Clay, WR – He has taken over as the team’s punt returner, and he handled three punts cleanly against the Rams in Week 11. Asa Jackson and Jeremy Ross were both cut for making too many mistakes on special teams. The main thing the Ravens want from Clay is to avoid turnovers. Whatever return yardage he gets is gravy.
Matt Schaub, QB – Joe Flacco’s season-ending injury gives Schaub a chance to prove he can still play well enough to be either a starter, or a solid backup. He’s playing on a one-year contract, and plenty of teams need help at quarterback. These next six games are important for Schaub’s future, whether it’s in Baltimore or elsewhere.
John Urschel, C
Guard is Urschel’s natural position, but he’s the starting center with Jeremy Zuttah (torn pectoral) done for the season. The final six games will give valuable experience to Urschel, who seems destined to be a starting guard in 2016 should the Ravens lose Kelechi Osemele in free agency.
Terrence West, RB
It sounds like West will be activated Monday night, and will see some touches as Allen’s backup. West got what he wanted – signing with the Ravens and returning home to Baltimore. He has already been with three teams in two seasons. Time for the former Towson star to show he can be a consistent NFL back.
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