The Ravens have just one week left to solidify their roster, with one preseason game left in Atlanta on Thursday and then the final cutdown to 53 players next Saturday.
Here are three players who helped their chances of making the team, and three who hurt their chances, in the Ravens’ 31-13 loss to the Redskins on Saturday night.
WR Jeremy Butler – Butler had four catches for 32 yards, far from dazzling numbers but the best that a receiver not named Steve Smith Sr. could muster. But perhaps more telling, Butler was a member of the starting kickoff cover team and a gunner on the punt cover team. That indicates he might have earned a role on special teams, which is often a ticket onto the roster for those on the bubble.
DL Kapron Lewis-Moore – Lewis-Moore didn’t have a huge night, with four tackles in 28 snaps, but he was still standing at the end, which couldn’t be said for several other defensive linemen. Timmy Jernigan (knee), Lawrence Guy (knee) and DeAngelo Tyson (shoulder) all went down with injuries Saturday night. The severity of the injuries isn’t known, but all the injuries enhance Lewis-Moore’s chances of making the team.
RB Terrence Magee – Magee carried four times for 13 yards, and seems to have established himself as the No. 3 back as long as Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) remains sidelined. Magee also got a chance to return kicks, with two returns for 39 yards, although he did bobble one. “He’s a hard runner. That’s probably what you see the most,” coach John Harbaugh said of the LSU product. “He takes it north, south, and lowers his pads. And he looks like a Southeastern Conference runner there. He’s very physical.
WR DeAndre Carter – The speedy undrafted rookie from Sacramento State entered camp as a candidate for the kick return job. But after fumbling kicks in each of the past two games, he didn’t get a chance against the Redskins. He played just three offensive snaps, and it appears Carter has quite literally fumbled away his chance.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint – Toussaint was thought to be competing for Magee for the No. 3 running back job with Taliaferro sidelined, but Toussaint did not play an offensive snap. Toussaint spent much of last season on the Ravens practice squad, and he could be headed there again.
CB Tray Walker – The rookie fourth-round pick had a long night, both with his tackling and with his coverage. His open-field whiff set up one Redskins touchdown, and he was badly beaten on another. The Ravens still might keep him on the roster – they rarely cut draft picks in the first year – but Walker has a long way to go. “As far as coverage, I’d like to see a little more confidence,” Harbaugh said. “Get out there and challenge people and cover them. You have skills. Don’t back off and play like you think you can’t cover that guy. Get up there and cover him.”