Baltimore Ravens: 3 off-season story lines to follow closely
Who makes the cut at wide receiver?
The only names who should be safe at wide receiver entering this off-season for the Ravens should be Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, and Willie Snead. After these three, all bets are off.
You may be surprised that I didn’t include Chris Moore and Seth Roberts, with an emphasis on Moore. Well, Moore’s production, or lack there of, is alarming and just because he’s still under his rookie deal doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed anything. Roberts, on the other hand, is on a low-risk contract that won’t cost Baltimore hardly anything should they cut him.
Not only this, but there’s a lot of young talent waiting to compete to include the likes of 2018 NFL Draft selections Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley, as well as 2019 UDFA Jaylen Smith. Even then, there’s still guys like Antoine Wesley and Quincy Adeboyejo who will take full advantage of their preseason snaps.
Right now, the best way for any of these guys to make the roster is to establish a legitimate connection with Lamar Jackson. By doing this, the Baltimore Ravens front office will become more inclined to hold on to them. That’s exactly why I believe UDFA Jaylen Smith already has a huge advantage over some of the other guys on the roster.
Scott and Lasley were only drafted one year ago and didn’t get a fair shake in 2018 due to injuries, so perhaps that will help them get a pass for 2019. Wesley and Adeboyejo will have the hardest time making the roster as both are UDFAs (albeit from different seasons) and have the most to prove.
The competition between Moore, Roberts, Scott, Lasley, Smith, Wesley, and Adeboyejo will be one of the best story lines to watch in 2019. The Ravens will likely only look to keep around six guys, and half of those spots are already taken. Will the veterans pull it off, or will the youngsters with plenty to prove seal the deal?