Ravens: Chris Westry making a strong case for a roster spot

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The Baltimore Ravens play host to likely the deepest cornerback group in the entire NFL. But one unheralded player looking to make a name for himself is Chris Westry.

Buried on the depth chart behind the likes of Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Tavon Young, Jimmy Smith, and Anthony Averett, Westry is doing everything he can to stand out this summer.

And he’s doing a pretty good job of it so far.

The Kentucky product has been one of the stars of training camp and he’s quickly making a strong case to make the final 53-man roster, even in spite of the logjam at his position.

Chris Westry could make the Ravens roster if he continues to excel

Westry signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent shortly following the 2019 NFL Draft. He spent his entire rookie season on the injured reserve before returning and getting his first taste of NFL action the following year.

Westry spent most of the year on the Cowboys’ practice squad, but was elevated on numerous occasions and even appeared in two regular-season games playing nine defensive snaps and 19 special-teams snaps.

However, the Cowboys didn’t retain him after the season and the Ravens signed him to a futures contract in mid-January.

At 6-foot-4, 199 pounds, Westry is one of the most physically intriguing cornerback prospects the Ravens have seen in quite some time.

He blends absurd size for a cornerback with 4.30 speed (he ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at his pro day) making him perhaps the most gifted cornerback on the team.

Westry is an intriguing developmental prospect, and he’s quickly made a strong first impression this summer.

He still faces an uphill battle over the next few weeks as he’s stuck behind arguably the best cornerback room in the NFL. But he’s proving that he isn’t someone to overlook.

Westry’s best chance of sticking around would be for him to prove he can contribute on special teams as well. The Ravens have been using him as a gunner on punt coverage and that could be his ticket to a spot on the 53-man roster.

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At the very least, he’s someone worth stashing either on the active roster or the practice squad as he continues to develop and harness his incredible physical traits.