Did these 5 Baltimore Ravens lock down roster spots in the preseason finale?

The Ravens need depth at two key defensive positions and a few offensive positions may have seen depth chart battles resolved

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4. Josh Johnson is earning the Baltimore Ravens coaches trust

Some fans do not want to believe it, but as we get closer to the regular season, it is getting more likely that Josh Johnson will be the Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback when the regular season comes around. At first, there was a strong chance that it was going to be a performance-based decision.

The Ravens started Josh Johnson over Tyler Huntley in the first preseason game. However, after that, Huntley has not played. He missed two straight games and has not returned to practice. So, now it is a combination of injury and performance.

Johnson played even better in the second and third games than his first game with the Ravens. He has pushed the ball down the field, which is what new offensive coordinator Todd Monken wants, and it is what Huntley struggles at.

Still, the Huntley injury may make this an easy decision. Johnson is a veteran, so he does not need to clear waivers. The Ravens could release him and tell him that they will sign him back in an hour and give him a small raise. In return, the Ravens can carry Tyler Huntley on the roster and place him on the IR without any fear of losing him for the long term.

It would allow for Johnson to be the backup for at least three weeks, and then the team can decide what to do with Huntley and where his health status is closer to October.