Most of the hubbub surrounding the Baltimore Ravens training camp will pertain to the battle for the final roster spots, but some players are unfortunate victims of the numbers game. With every spot carrying so much value, the practice squad is sometimes the more realistic option for young players—and that is especially true for the group discussed in this slideshow.
Before the players are discussed, some practice squad background may be required. All of these candidates are undrafted free agents (only one of whom is not a rookie this season) and that’s for good reason.
The practice squad is meant to be a place for development, so only players without an accrued season of NFL experience (i.e., six regular-season games on the active roster) are allowed to fill out the eight-man scout team.
Furthermore, players can only be stashed on the team for two seasons (with a third being possible only in certain situations).
For these reasons, this list is made up of young players who have potential but need a year of seasoning or face too much competition at their positions to make the final 53-man squad.
Even though they’re out of sight for at least a year, the practice squad is a great place to learn the ins and outs of the Ravens system and impress the coaching staff for next year.