Baltimore Ravens: Players Who Can Solidify Roster Spots on Thursday Night

Kyle Casey@@kylecasey094Correspondent IIIAugust 22, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 17: Jonte Green #36 of the Detroit Lions looses his helmet while being stiff armed by Bobby Rainey #34 of the Baltimore Ravens as Ricardo Silva #39 pushes him out of bounds during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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When the Baltimore Ravens face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, the biggest storyline to follow will be the battles for roster spots.

Almost every position on the team has at least one roster spot up for grabs. Some of those spots on the final 53-man roster could be solidified in Thursday's game against Jacksonville.

Here are a few players who can earn a roster spot with an impressive performance on Thursday night.


Bobby Rainey

Rookie running back Bobby Rainey has quickly become a fan favorite in Baltimore. The 5'8" dynamic back shined in the first two preseason games, rushing for 39 yards, catching seven passes for 48 yards and contributing in the return game.

Rainey has been so impressive that he is now a candidate to win the backup running back job for the team. While he has done everything in his power to make the final roster, one more impressive performance on Thursday night would almost guarantee a roster spot for Rainey.


Deonte Thompson

It appears that the Ravens will keep six wide receivers on the final 53-man roster, which leaves just one spot really up for grabs. Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Jacoby Jones, Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams will all make the final roster for the team.

But the sixth and final wide receiver spot is still available. Right now, it is a two-man race between two rookies: Deonte Thompson and Tommy Streeter. Thompson entered camp as the underdog to make the final roster, as Streeter was a sixth-round pick and Thompson went undrafted.

However, things have been different since the start of camp. Thompson has outplayed Streeter on both special teams and on offense, so a solid performance against Jacksonville could win Thompson a roster spot.


Curtis Painter

A big question surrounding the Ravens right now is whether the team will keep two or three quarterbacks on the final roster. Joe Flacco, of course, is a lock. Behind Flacco it's an open race between Tyrod Taylor and Curtis Painter. 

The team will likely keep Taylor, as it appears he will be used in certain formations running out of the shotgun. That leaves Painter as the odd man out, or the last man in, depending on how many quarterbacks the team keeps.

Painter has played better than Taylor in the preseason so far, and if he continues to have marginal success again on Thursday night, the Ravens may decide that the best route to take is to keep three quarterbacks.