As we prepare for the NFL season, we will be counting down the Baltimore Ravens roster. This will be looking at each player on the 90-man roster and ranking how valuable their performance may be to the team. This list is just in the 2023 view, so future stars or old veterans may end up pushed down by players with significant roles this year.
Baltimore Ravens roster ranking: No. 87 WR Shemar Bridges
Shemar Bridges is entering his second NFL season with the Baltimore Ravens. He was an undrafted free agent from Fort Valley State last year. Because of the pandemic, Bridges essentially played two abbreviated seasons in a short time from spring 2021 to fall 2021. This, at least, was enough to get his attention from an NFL team, as he signed immediately after the draft.
The Baltimore Ravens waived Bridges with an injury designation last year, but once he got healthy in November, the team signed him back to the practice squad. He has been with the Ravens since November.
Bridges brings some intrigue because of his size at 6'4" and over 200 pounds. Still, he also does not have speed, with a 40-yard dash over 4.6 He is a big-body possession receiver who can make plays over the middle of the field, but there are plenty of questions about his experience level now.
Beyond that, Bridges probably felt good about signing with the Ravens in 2021 due to the depth chart. Now, he feels like a long shot to get any roster attention. The team added Nelson Agholor, Odell Beckham, and Zay Flowers this offseason, and all of them will be ahead of Bridges.
Considering he was on the low end of the roster already, this will not help things. Beyond that, even a rookie UDFA like Dontay Demus has been much more productive and has just as much upside.
Bridges will have a harder time making the practice squad in 2023 because the depth is so much deeper than in 2022.