Ravens preseason finale: 3 kids, 3 veterans with their futures on the line

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The Ravens will face the Bucs in sunny Tampa Bay on Saturday for their preseason finale and before trimming the roster to the final 53-man squad that Baltimore will carry into the 2023 regular season.

Most of the decisions, if not officially announced by Head Coach John Harbaugh and the franchise, have already been made when it comes to who will make or miss the cut.

However, there are still a few snaps to be played on Saturday that could decide the future of some young and old players.

A single late-August game won't entirely swing the narrative for the following six players, but they might still have a chance to save their professional lives... or to bury themselves alive before Tuesday's deadline.

Here are six players who are fighting for their lives on Saturday and who must have elite-level performances against the Bucs reserves if they want to keep their heads above water and make the regular-season roster.

(Veteran) Offensive Lineman: Ben Cleveland

Cleveland was long believed to become the replacement of the departing Ben Powers on the left side of the Ravens offensive line. Not anymore, by the looks and developments of the preseason.

The veteran offensive lineman should still feature on the long-term plans of the Ravens and he's gotten all of the chances one can imagine, but not even then has he done enough to guarantee a spot in the final roster when all is said and done.

This Saturday marks the last time for Cleveland to have a solid outing blocking on both pass and rushing plays if he wants to keep getting reps with the first team instead of the practice squad come September.