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Baltimore Ravens Current Depth Chart Analysis

Final rosters are set following the last wave of cuts over Labor Day weekend, so that means it’s time for some Baltimore Ravens current depth chart analysis.  While things are bound to change as more cuts are made and more attractive options (might) become available, we wanted to take a look at how the Ravens depth chart stacks up.

It’s a good way to put things in perspective and allows us to make some analysis about which positions the team values most.  And if you look at the current depth chart, it quickly become obvious which ones the Ravens covet more than others.  If it looks a bit lopsided at first glance, rest assured it is.

Offense

Quarterback: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor

Running back: Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ray Rice*

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk

Left wide receiver: Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken

Right wide receiver: Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones, Deonte Thompson, Michael Campanaro

Tight end: Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels, Crockett Gillmore

Left tackle: Eugene Monroe, James Hurst

Left guard: Kelechi Osemele

Center: Jeremy Zuttah, Gino Gradkowski

Right guard: Marshal Yanda, John Urschel

Right tackle: Rick Wagner, Jah Reid

Defense

Defensive tackle: Haloti Ngata, Timmy Jernigan

Nose tackle: Brandon Williams, Terrence Cody*

Defensive end: Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson

Outside linebacker: Terrell Suggs, Pernell McPhee

Inside linebacker: C.J. Mosley, Arthur Brown, Albert McClellan

Inside linebacker: Daryl Smith, Josh Bynes, Zachary Orr

SAM linebacker: Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw

Left cornerback: Lardarius Webb, Asa Jackson

Strong safety: Matt Elam, Anthony Levine, Brynden Trawick

Free safety: Darian Stewart, Jeromy Miles, Terrence Brooks, Will Hill*

Right cornerback: Jimmy Smith, Chykie Brown

Specialists

Kicker: Justin Tucker

Punter: Sam Koch

Holder: Sam Koch

Long snapper: Morgan Cox

Kick returner: Jacoby Jones, Asa Jackson, Michael Campanaro

Punt returner: Jacoby Jones, Asa Jackson, Michael Campanaro

At first glance, it’s obvious the roster is loaded at the safety, linebacker, and wide receiver positions.  But we are talking about a team that was starved for wide receivers last season, and one that is installing a new offense this season. It might not turn out to be a bad idea with the elder Steve Smith as a starter.  Plus, Thompson, Campanaro, and Jones are going to play a lot of special teams.

Linebacker is a position that 3-4 teams must have depth at.  Orr is the big question mark, and he could still lose his roster spot if the team decides to upgrade another position or resign Derek Cox.   The team is also thin along the defensive line, so another addition is possible there.  Especially with Terrence Cody out six weeks (at least).

Safety is awfully deep too, as the Ravens kept a lot more players than most everyone thought they would at that position. But again, special teams is the focus for several of these players.  Trawick, Levine, and Miles will play at lot there.  It is a surprise to see Miles ahead of Brooks, after the later came on strong towards the end of camp.

Outside of that, we could very well see another addition at corner, even if the team opts not to resign Derek Cox.  Four corners is too shallow, especially for a team that has suffered multiple injuries at the position in just a few weeks.  Even though all are expected to be healthy come week one, it’s a big risk that a team with championship aspirations doesn’t need to take.

 

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