Full Training Camp Roster Breakdown for the Baltimore Ravens
The defending champions have experienced a lot of roster turnover, so let's take a look at the complete roster heading into camp. We'll take a look at each player and their odds to make the team.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP will look to carry that momentum into training camp. He will need to connect with his new-look receiving corps, hopefully helping to find a suitable starter opposite Torrey Smith.
The Ravens' incumbent backup will be fighting Caleb Hanie for a roster spot. Taylor has a leg up in the competition, as the Ravens like the different look Taylor's speed brings to the team.
Caleb Hanie has a lot of work to do to make the roster. He struggled badly in limited opportunities with the Chicago Bears, and he has a lot less familiarity with the Ravens' playbook and organization than Taylor.
Ray Rice returns as one of the premier backs in the NFL. He will be worth watching just to see if Bernard Pierce takes away any of his first-team reps.
A revelation in the second half of last season, Bernard Pierce has a chance to greatly increase his role with a solid camp. He needs to show up in shape and with a good grasp of the playbook, but Pierce showed the natural running ability to challenge Rice for snaps.
Anthony Allen has a good shot to make the roster on the strength of his special teams play. He will need to prove he's worthy of being included in the rotation for carries this camp.
A poor man's Rice, Bobby Rainey showed big potential in training camp last season. He didn't get a chance during the regular season, but Rainey could make the roster if he displays improved special teams ability.
Damien Berry is a guy who has seemingly been on the roster bubble for years. Don't expect that to change this year as he'll serve as a camp body to keep the top guys fresh.
Kyle Juszczyk (FB)
Barring the return of Vonta Leach, Kyle Juszczyk will be one of the most interesting Ravens to watch during training camp. His role in the offense should be multi-dimensional, so it will be fun to see how Jim Caldwell uses this versatile talent.
Torrey Smith had a great camp last season, but it didn't translate into an increase in production. Now the unquestioned No. 1 receiver in Baltimore, look for Smith's route running, hands and body control to improve. Keep an eye on whether or not Smith's role changes as he becomes more of a focal point of the offense.
Jacoby Jones is the favorite to take over a starting job, as his deep speed and open-field shiftiness make him a major threat. Consistency is a big issue with Jones, but he is definitely a weapon. The receiver competition will be intense, and Jones will be right in the thick of it.
Tandon Doss was once known for his great hands, but a host of drops last season changed that. Doss is now in the running for a starting job, but he needs to get his confidence back and show that those drops are a thing of the past.
Once a dark-horse candidate for a starting job, Deonte Thompson has asserted himself as a major player in this competition. He possesses the best combination of speed, route running and size of the group, but he remains raw. He looked very good in limited reps last season, though.
Another dark horse in this competition is Aaron Mellette, a late-round pick from ELON that has nice size. He has upside but will need to display special teams ability to make the final roster. Otherwise, Mellette could be a practice squad candidate.
Yet another dark horse in the competition, Tommy Streeter has the best size-speed combo of the group. He is also the most raw skill-wise, both in terms of his routes and his hands. His deep-ball ability alone could earn Streeter a roster spot.
David Reed has excellent ability after the catch, but he struggles with separation and his hands. He also has ball-security issues. His two-year contract hints that the Ravens have plans for him, but he has a tough road to a roster spot.
LaQuan Williams has made the roster two years in a row based on his special teams ability. With so much depth at the position this year, though, Williams will need to show a lot more to make the final roster. His hands have been a major issue.
The Ravens have brought in a variety of undrafted receivers to compete for reps. Omarius Hines is a well-built receiver out of Florida, but he'll need to make his mark on special teams to have a chance at a roster spot. More likely, all these guys will be competing for a practice squad spot.
Like Hines, Sheppard is an undrafted rookie with solid size but little chance to make the final roster.
Rashaad Carter has excellent size and will be competing for a practice squad spot.
The Ravens' rookies all have great size, and Marlon Brown is the biggest of the bunch at 6'5". He will be fighting for a practice squad spot.
One of the Ravens' best weapons last year was Dennis Pitta, and he should only see his role grow this season. Pitta has all the tools to succeed as a receiving threat, but he should work on his blocking to see an every-down role.
Ed Dickson has excellent speed but has brought little else to the table in Baltimore. Simply showcasing improved hands should earn Dickson a bigger role, and his blocking will be under scrutiny too.
Last year's No. 3 tight end was valued for his blocking, but Billy Bajema is facing competition from the more athletic Matt Furstenburg.
Furstenburg has perhaps the best chance to make the final roster out of any of the undrafted free agents. He is fast and has good receiving ability that was wasted at Maryland, but his blocking is a question mark. He will need to beat out Bajema for a roster spot.
Alex Silvestro spent some time last year on the Ravens' practice squad. His best chance for a roster spot is to differentiate himself by being a blocking specialist. The Ravens need improved blocking from their tight ends, and Silvestro has a chance to help in that regard. He's still a long shot, however.
The Ravens will be paying close attention to Bryant McKinnie's conditioning, but he has so far been working hard. He is virtually guaranteed the starting job at left tackle.
Michael Oher is facing a make-or-break season. He is in a contract year, and his recent struggles have left his status in doubt. Oher is cemented as the right tackle this season, but he has a lot to prove on the field.
Jah Reid's size and strength are solid, but he was a non-factor in several starts at left guard last season. He is probably a better fit at right tackle.
Ramon Harewood also saw some starts last season, where he got excellent push in the ground game but struggled in pass protection. He has the athleticism to become a left tackle, but he remains raw.
The remaining guys are projects, but David Mims has good size and a bit of experience that gives him an outside shot at a roster spot.
Joe Unga is a 6'8" monster of a tackle, but the undrafted rookie didn't play against top competition at Midwestern State. He is a long shot to make the team.
Jordan Devey is a 25-year-old rookie from Memphis with little chance to make the roster.
At 6'7" and 334 pounds, Roger Gaines has the size to be an NFL tackle. He's a raw undrafted rookie with a shot at the practice squad.
Marshal Yanda is an All-Pro guard with great toughness and strength. He has nothing to prove except that he's healthy and ready for another great season. Don't be surprised if the Ravens let some younger guys have reps to give Yanda a break.
Kelechi Osemele is better suited for guard, and he will become the starter there this year. He is big, strong and athletic, but has some work to do in pass protection. He could become a mauler this year.
The top backup might be Ricky Wagner, a former tackle at the University of Wisconsin who lacks the footspeed to play outside regularly in the pros. Wagner needs work in an NFL weight room but is a great technician who is a lock to make the roster.
The time is now for Jack Cornell to make the final roster. He was a training camp revelation last year but was ultimately signed to the practice squad. Cornell is tough and gritty with excellent versatility. He has a good chance to make the roster, as the Ravens are thin at guard.
Antoine McClain is a big bodied guard who has potential to be a mauler. He'll be competing with Cornell and Wagner for a roster spot, but he's also a practice squad candidate.
The likely starter at center is Gino Gradkowski, a tough technician with limited physical skills. Gradkowski won't move guys like Vince Wilfork without help, but he won't make dumb mistakes either. He's an ideal guy to make the calls for the offensive line.
If Gradkowski falters, A.Q. Shipley is a great backup. He's a little stronger than Gradkowski and has more experience but isn't quite as mobile. He will be the top backup at the very least.
Ryan Jensen is a developmental lineman valued for his strength, but he is a raw, small-school prospect. He should make the roster thanks to his versatility and upside.
Reggie Stephens will have a hard time making the roster, despite his solid size. He's a camp body.
The Ravens are so deep along the defensive line that the starting role will basically be a formality. Canty might have the best chance at that role. He's the best pass-rusher at the position and the most experienced as well. His role will be sizable.
Arthur Jones was a revelation last year, displaying great lower-body strength and a nice motor. He isn't an elite athlete, but Jones' hustle and strength makes him a solid run defender and a gritty pass rusher. Even if he misses out on being a starter, Jones will have a big role.
Pernell McPhee is the Ravens' best athlete at the position and has the highest upside. He was a great pass-rusher as a rookie and could be a specialist this year. He, too, will see a big role.
DeAngelo Tyson was forced into action last season and held up well. He is a nice rotational player who does everything pretty well. He should make the roster.
Kapron Lewis-Moore will be put on IR after tearing his ACL in his final collegiate game.
Will Pericak is a big, strong rookie free agent, but he has an uphill battle for a roster spot. He'll need to display special teams ability.
Haloti Ngata is a great player when healthy, but he's been banged up in recent years. He's still a quality starter, but the Ravens need Ngata to be healthy for this defensive line to truly be fearsome.
Brandon Williams should be the favorite to start at nose tackle, as he has better toughness and athleticism than Terrence Cody.
Terrence Cody has been a disappointment in his career, but his size and strength make him a nice prospect. He needs to display better toughness and use of leverage, but he'll at least be a rotational player.
Marcus Spears should spell Haloti Ngata from time to time, playing both inside and out. He's a versatile run-stuffer who has struggled with injuries the past few years.
Cody Larsen is an undrafted rookie who has a tough road to a roster spot. He could be a practice squad candidate.
Jameel McClain is hardly a playmaker. He's a facilitator, taking on blocks so his teammates can make big plays. He will either be a starter or a rotational player, but he'll see plenty of reps.
Daryl Smith is a great linebacker in all phases of the game, but he is making the transition from 4-3 to 3-4. Regardless, his coverage skills and tackling ability should translate and make Smith either a solid starter or rotational linebacker.
Arthur Brown is a high upside, speedy rookie who should be excellent in coverage and pursuit. There are concerns about his size and ability to take on blockers, but Brown should be a nice fit for the Ravens' aggressive defense.
Albert McClellan is a great run-stuffer thanks to his ability to take on blockers. He opens things up for his teammates to make plays, and he should be a nice rotational piece.
Josh Bynes had some solid moments last season, and has a good chance to return as a special teams ace and backup linebacker.
Nigel Carr was a star in training camp last year, and he could challenge Josh Bynes for a roster spot if his special-teams play has improved.
Bryan Hall is a converted defensive tackle who would fill a similar role to Jameel McClain, taking on blockers to free up his teammates. He has a tough road to the roster, but his versatility should help him.
Spencer Adkins is a veteran with good speed but marginal size. He will be hard-pressed to make the team.
D.J. Bryant is the opposite of Adkins, with good size but minimal experience. He needs to stand out on special teams to be anything more than a camp body.
Arthur Brown's college teammate isn't even close to the same level of talent. Like Bryant, he will need to stand out on special teams.
Terrell Suggs struggled to regain his explosion last year after tearing his Achilles, but he's in great shape now. His explosion is worth monitoring, but Suggs should still be great at stopping the run.
Elvis Dumervil instantly becomes the Ravens' fastest pass-rusher, and he challenges Suggs to be their best one. He will split downs with Courtney Upshaw.
Courtney Upshaw was a stellar run defender and an awful pass-rusher last season. With Dumervil in the picture, Upshaw can focus on what he does best in stopping the run. He will have a big rotational role this year.
John Simon has a similar skill set to Courtney Upshaw, but with better speed and less bulk. He is a guy who should immediately excel on special teams while being groomed for a bigger role on defense.
Adrian Hamilton will have a tough time making the team after failing to do so last year, but he has great athleticism that could help him on special teams. His pass-rushing ability is also well-regarded, meaning Hamilton could be a surprise in training camp.
Lardarius Webb will be under a lot of scrutiny in training camp to see how he's recovering from his torn ACL. When healthy, he's a top-10 cornerback who should give the Ravens' secondary a big boost.
Jimmy Smith has failed to live up to his first-round status but has the physical ability to succeed. He should be healthier and in better shape this season, which would help Smith take a starting job.
Corey Graham was a hero in the playoffs last year, but his upside is limited. He can't defend top-tier receivers, but he is a great nickel back with quickness and moxie.
Chykie Brown has a flare for big plays, making them and giving them up. Brown isn't as good of an athlete as some of the other players, but he has more experience and good physicality. He will make the team.
Marc Anthony is probably competing with Asa Jackson for a roster spot. He is a highly regarded late-round draft pick, but he doesn't excel in any one area.
Jackson has elite athleticism, but he is a character concern and failed to distinguish himself in a mediocre secondary last season. He's competing with Anthony for a roster spot, but his return skills help him in that regard.
Chris Johnson was a nice veteran pickup last season, but he will struggle to find a role this season with a healthy Lardarius Webb returning.
Moe Lee excelled in OTAs, and now he has to do it in pads. He is a long shot to make the team, but with a solid performance in training camp, Lee is a practice squad candidate.
Michael Huff will be the starter at free safety. The free-agent addition brings great speed and sound tackling ability to Ed Reed's old position, but he isn't the playmaker that Reed was.
Matt Elam will be the other starting safety. He is a sledgehammer of a hitter with excellent speed and quickness to cover opposing receivers. Elam will be a contender for Rookie of the Year honors.
James Ihedigbo brings a great spark on both defense and special teams as a role player. He is a fiery defender who has a flare for the dramatic. He filled in well for Bernard Pollard last season, and he has an outside chance to start if Elam isn't ready.
Omar Brown was another guy who did great things in the preseason last year, parlaying that experience into a chance late in the season. Brown has a nose for the ball that translates well to special teams as well. He should have a bigger role this season.
Christian Thompson didn't get an opportunity this season, and he'll start this season suspended. At this point, he's a long shot to make the roster.
Anthony Levine is a young veteran who got a little experience playing last season. He doesn't have the upside of Thompson or Brown, so he could struggle to make the team.
This undrafted rookie has nice size, but has little chance to make the roster.
Brynden Trawick is another undrafted rookie who has little chance to make the roster.
Justin Tucker had an eventful camp last year, beating out Billy Cundiff for the starting job. Now, he has no competition and should continue to be excellent.
Sam Koch has been a constant in Baltimore since he was drafted. He is a solid punter who has nothing left to prove.
Morgan Cox is the only long snapper on the roster, and he's one of the best in the league.