5. Del'Shawn Phillips is making the case to make the Baltimore Ravens roster
A keynote from the initial depth chart was that Del'Shawn Phillips was listed as a backup linebacker. This was key for a few reasons. First, he was listed ahead of both Kristian Welch and Josh Ross. Phillips was competing for the fifth linebacker spot with both. However, he was actually listed as the fourth linebacker, ahead of rookie Trenton Simpson.
Simpson was banged up and did not get to debut this week. It left a hole open for Del'Shawn Phillips to start next to Malik Harrison this week. Phillips took advantage, playing 58 snaps and recording five tackles, four of them being considered as run stops. According to PFF, he was the second best defender in their grading system.
More than that, he played nine special teams snaps and was fifth in special teams grade. If he is going to make the roster, then special teams will be his key. Still, where he stands right now he is as close to a lock for the roster as you can find.
He is a backup and a special teams asset. If Simpson catches him, he still has an easy path. Welch and Ross got clean-up duty well after Phillips proved himself. It shows just how far ahead he is with just two games to go.