The Baltimore Ravens emphasize competition throughout their roster. Just because you’re a first-round draft pick or a high-priced free agent, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be handed a starting job. The best players are the ones who play the best—in practice and on the field—and they are the ones who will see the most playing time.
This offseason, there are plenty of positional battles that will go down to the wire, and we’re going to analyze 10 of them here, breaking down the competitors and finishing with predictions from yours truly.
This roster is by no means a finished product, and general manager Ozzie Newsome is certainly going to tinker with the depth chart based on what he sees in the various offseason activities. With the rookie class now in the fold, however, there aren’t many major changes on the horizon. As a result, now is the perfect time to look ahead to the roster spots that are still up for grabs.
A few of these battles will affect the starting lineup—mainly those related to the men in the trenches—but the majority of them are for backup spots which are no less important (after all, depth is vital in the NFL). Everything from the starting-right-tackle battle to the scramble to be the No. 5 wide receiver will be picked apart here, so let’s dive into the matchups.