The Baltimore Ravens rested a plethora of starters in their preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, we all know that the preseason is about the battles on the depth chart for the lower-end roster spots.
With that in mind, what were the biggest takeaways from the final game the Ravens will play before they make cutdowns and things get real?
5. Do these notable absences signify locks for the Baltimore Ravens roster?
You cannot help but notice that two names of players on the roster bubble did not see the field for the Baltimore Ravens preseason finale. Kevon Seymour missed practice on Thursday but had been healthy before that. He also had been starting over Kyu Blu Kelly at cornerback.
If he needed to get back to win a roster spot, would the Ravens tell him? Did they take it easy on him, knowing that he won the job over Kelly? The Baltimore Ravens could do some roster mechanics with Seymour. Because he is a veteran, he does not have to clear waivers.
So, the Ravens could release him, then place a player or two on the IR, and quickly re-sign him. They could not do that with Kelly or Jalyn Armour-Davis because of their rookie contract status.
Another major absence was rookie UDFA Keaton Mitchell. Mitchell had been getting work as a runner, and a kick return option, but was not on the field for the finale. Were the Ravens worried that Mitchell would flash too much and get claimed if they cut him? Or did he do enough to win a roster spot?
For Seymour and Mitchell, they both had chances to lock down spots, and the Ravens told them they did not need to see them. That has to mean that both are sticking around in some capacity.