Baltimore Ravens Current Depth Chart Analysis
By Brett Foote
Aug 23, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) runs with the ball as Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (99) defends in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
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.
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
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
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.
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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.