Whenever the Ravens have to make roster cuts there will always be players who probably should have gotten a shot, that get cut. Who do we want to see have another shot? Here are three players:
3. Nigel Warrior
Warrior had a good camp and the Ravens did have an opening at safety pop open out of the blue. Should Warrior be a starter? Absolutely not. Does he have a chance to develop? As an undrafted free agent, Warrior flashed the same positive signs of life for his career that a rookie Chuck Clark did as a sixth round pick. The thing that got in Warrior’s way was that the Ravens drafted Geno Stone this year.
If Stone hadn’t been the last pick of the 2020 NFL Draft class, Warrior would be on the 53 man roster and that is the whole point here. He’s good enough to be on the team and he can work his way up through strong special teams. The Ravens have seen that happen at the safety position before.
The Ravens should put Warrior on the practice squad. He should get another shot next year or should be moved up to the active roster if injuries dictate the Ravens need another defensive back. Last season Warrior had four interceptions and 60 total tackles for the Tennessee Volunteers. If you can be a play-maker in the SEC, chances are you have what it takes to play in the NFL. Warrior is one of those players that just needs a chance to show that he was a diamond in the rough.
The Ravens could have kept him and developed him. If the Ravens get him on the practice squad and he eventually works up to the active roster, it’s not the end of the world for him. Players like Warrior are the reason the NFL needs bigger rosters. He did everything in his power and it wasn’t enough to suit up on game day or be on the 53 man roster. Having no preseason also deprived him of the chance to show off under the lights. Some players show up more in a game when their adrenaline is flowing, even if they work their hardest in practice.
Quite frankly, not getting a fair shot is not new for Warrior. This tweet by Austin Brown says it all. It’s a highlight reel of Warrior’s performance, prefaced by suggesting he should have been invited to the NFL Combine.
Warrior needs another shot. Hopefully he gets it with the Ravens.