The preseason is half over now, and the Ravens have less than two weeks before their 90-man roster must be slashed to 53. The initial cutdown to 75 players must be done by Sept. 1, with all teams down to 53 players by Sept. 5.
After two preseason games, here's our latest guess at the Ravens 'final' 53-man roster. (And 'final' is always a misnomer; the Ravens have been known to make a roster move the day after the so-called final roster is set.)
QUARTERBACK (2): Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub
Bryn Renner has had some great moments in the preseason, but the Ravens aren’t keeping three quarterbacks, and Schaub being the veteran gets the edge.
RUNNING BACK (5): Buck Allen, Justin Forsett, Kyle Juszczyk, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrence Magee
Taliaferrio’s MCL sprain probably means the Ravens will keep another running back, at least for a few weeks. That opens the door for Magee or Fitzgerald Toussaint. Magee has had the edge this camp, and coach John Harbaugh said Magee would get a look as a kick returner this week.
WIDE RECEIVER (6): Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro, Breshad Perriman, Steve Smith Sr., Darren Waller
Waller, the 6-foot-6 rookie sixth-round pick, has come on of late, and he would not get through waivers to the practice squad if they tried to cut him and stash him there. Jeremy Butler gets squeezed out but could head to the practice squad. DeAndre Carter has dropped his chance with two bungled kick returns.
TIGHT ENDS (3): Nick Boyle, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams
With Dennia Pitta on the PUP list, this group is young but promising.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9): James Hurst, Ryan Jensen, Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jah Reid, John Urschel, Rick Wagner, Marshal Yanda, Jeremy Zuttah
The starting five is expected to be a strength of the team, but injuries to Osemele (Achilles), Wagner (recovering from foot surgery), Urschel (concussion), Reid (back) and Hurst (concussion) suddenly leave depth questions. Ryan Jensen played every offensive snap against the Eagles, alternating between guard and tackle. And he can play center, too. The bet here is that he makes the team, and rookie guard Robert Myers heads to injured reserve.
DEFENSIVE LINE (6): Chris Canty, Carl Davis, Lawrence Guy, Timmy Jernigan, DeAngelo Tyson, Brandon Williams.
Tyson and Kapron Lewis-Moore could be competing for a final defensive line spot. Lewis-Moore missed the Eagles game and is running out of time to show the Ravens enough.
LINEBACKER (8): Elvis Dumervil, CJ Mosley, Albert McClellan, Zach Orr, Daryl Smith, Za’Darius Smith, Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw
Arthur Brown has been coming on of late and was one of the Ravens best players against the Eagles. But McClellan and Orr still have the special teams edge, which is where reserve inside linebackers contribute. Brown's roster spot is essentially taken by an extra running back because of the Taliaferro injury.
CORNERBACK (6): Kyle Arrington, Asa Jackson, Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Rashaan Melvin, Tray Walker
Webb has not had a good camp, with a failed conditioning test and now a hamstring injury. Jackson makes the team as the leader in an underwhelming kick returner competition.
SAFETY (5): Terrence Brooks, Will Hill, Anthony Levine, Kendrick Lewis, Brynden Trawick
Brooks’ returning from the PUP list bumps undrafted rookie Nick Perry to the practice squad.
SPECIALISTS (3): Morgan Cox, Sam Koch, Justin Tucker
The Ravens are in good hands -- and feet -- here.
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