53 man roster: What the Baltimore Ravens have up for grabs
What is up for grabs on the defense:
Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce and Willie Henry could be the main three players for the defensive line. Chris Wormley is a player who should have a roster spot as well. If you add Daylon Mack to that mix the Ravens have five defensive linemen that don’t have a ton to worry about before cut day. The players who are not set in stone members of the 53 man roster are Gerald Willis and Zach Sieler. Looking at the roster math, it would be hard to see both players making the team. Based on potential and the fact that we’ve seen little from Sieler in consecutive years, Willis should have the edge. If there is another spot for the defensive line it will go to Willis.
At outside linebacker, the Ravens have to see who will round out the group. Shane Ray has one last chance to prove that he should be in Miami for the season opener. The spots at the two outside linebacker positions are all tied down and Ray just needs to see if he can add to that group. Otaro Alaka is a roster bubble player who the Ravens may have to make room for. There really isn’t a battle for the last linebacker spots. The team knows what they have, it’s really a matter of how many spots they want to dish out in the second level of the defense.
In the secondary there are some players who haven’t punched their tickets to the season opener. The battle at cornerback is interesting. The Ravens have three very good cornerbacks in Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr. The group after that is less exciting and it’s composed of players like Cyrus Jones and Anthony Averett. The players fighting for a spot at cornerback are, Justin Bethel and Maurice Canady. The Ravens will probably keep six cornerbacks and Bethel adds the most special teams value. At safety the Ravens have it wrapped up. There is only one question. Can the Ravens find a spot for Bennett Jackson? We’ll see.