With the Ravens holding their first training camp workout Thursday, I’m taking a pre-camp stab at predicting their 53-man roster for Week 1. Teams must get down to 75 players by Sept. 1, and to 53 players by Sept. 5.
Here’s my 53-player projection heading into camp. Competition and injuries will change several spots moving forward.
Quarterbacks (2) - Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub (cut: Jerry Lovelocke, Bryn Renner)
Comment: No QB controversy in Baltimore.
Running backs (3) - Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro (cut: Terrence Magee, Fitz Touissant)
Comment: Forsett's the No. 1 guy, with Allen and Taliaferro battling to back him up.
Fullbacks (1) - Kyle Juszczyk (cut: Kiero Small)
Comment: Juszczyk's ability as a blocker and pass-catcher is valuable.
Wide receivers: (7) - Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman, Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro, Jeremy Butler, Darren Waller (cut: Daniel Brown, DeAndre Carter, Aldrick Robinson, Cam Worthy)
Comment: This could be the most heated position battle of camp.
Tight ends (3) - Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle (PUP: Dennis Pitta, cut: Konrad Reuland, Allen Reisner)
Comment: Gillmore and Williams vie for role as top pass-catching TE.
Offensive linemen: (9) – Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, Rick Wagner, John Urschel, James Hurst, Robert Myers, Ryan Jensen (cut: Jah Reid, Darryl Baldwin, Leon Brown, Blaine Clausell, Nick Easton, Kaleb Johnson, Marcel Jones, De’Ondre Wesley
Comment: The starting offensive line returns intact.
Defensive linemen (7) – Chris Canty, Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Brent Urban, Carl Davis, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Lawrence Guy (cut: De’Angelo Tyson, Steven Means, Christo Bilukidi, Casey Walker)
Comment: Urban could push Canty for starting role.
Outside linebackers (4) – Elvis Dumervil, Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw, Za’Darius Smith (cut: Brennen Beyer, Zach Thompson)
Comment: Can another pass rusher emerge to help Suggs and Dumervil?
Inside linebackers (4) – C. J. Mosley, Daryl Smith, Albert McClellan, Zach Orr (cut: Arthur Brown, Andrew Bose)
Comment: Brown needs to step up to earn role in his third year.
Cornerbacks (6) – Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Kyle Arrington, Asa Jackson, Tray Walker, Cassius Vaughn, (cut: Chris Greenwood, Tramain Jacobs, Rashaan Melvin, Quinton Pointer)
Comment: Can the Ravens stay healthier and deeper at this position?
Safeties (4) – Kendrick Lewis, Will Hill, Matt Elam, Anthony Levine (PUP: Terrence Brooks, cut: Brynden Trawick, Nick Perry)
Comment: Hill and Elam will have competitive camp battle.
Specialists (3) - Justin Tucker (K), Sam Koch (P), Morgan Cox (LS) (cut: Justin Manton, Patrick Scales)
Comment: Tucker and Koch are among the NFL's best.
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