The Baltimore Ravens are trimming their roster from 90 to 53 by Tuesday afternoon at the deadline. There has been a lot of debate about bubble players on the roster and which ones have the best chance to make the team. One name that has been right on the bubble is Daryl Worley.
Daryl Worley should be a lock for the Baltimore Ravens roster
Recent play has suggested that Worley should feel safe on the Baltimore Ravens roster, but he certainly is on the bubble as a fourth or fifth safety, depending on how you view things. However, one roster move on Monday may make Worley feel as though his job will be safe through Tuesday.
The Baltimore Ravens released DeAndre Houston-Carson, a veteran safety and someone who was not necessarily pushing Worley but did have a chance to make the roster as a fourth or fifth safety. Houston-Carson being out of the mix locks in Worley as the fourth safety, and there is almost no chance they cut their fourth guy. The only way Worley will get cut is if they view Brandon Stephens as a safety, and he has played cornerback for at least the last month.
Beyond that, if Houston-Carson was going to make the roster, it was going to be special teams. He was an ace on special teams for the Chicago Bears, and he was sixth on the team in special teams snaps in the preseason for the Baltimore Ravens, despite not even signing until after the first preseason game.
The reality is that the Ravens need a safety who can play special teams, and that spot will be reserved for Worley, who did play special teams in preseason week one and played it well.
The only question is if someone going on the IR would bring Houston-Carson back. The Baltimore Ravens' top four safetys are now locked down. Marcus Williams, Kyle Hamilton, Daryl Worley, and Geno Stone will be the only four safeties on the initial depth chart.