There were no surprises
here because Flacco and Taylor were
locks to make the team. It's still undecided
whether a banged-up Taylor (left shoulder contusion) will remain the primary
backup. There weren't many intriguing
names released Saturday, and Sage Rosenfels might be available if he reaches an injury settlement with the New York Giants.
Ray Rice RB, Vonta Leach
Ricky Williams and Anthony
The only running back remaining from last season is Rice. Leach is
the prototypical fullback, and Williams is
the consummate backup. Allen got the
nod over Jalen Parmele after averaging
6.8 yards on 11 carries this preseason.
Anquan Boldin, Lee Evans.
be surprised if the Ravens add another
veteran interior lineman before the season opener. Although Mattison did an admirable job, it would be smart for the Ravens to upgrade there considering Birk
isn't fully recovered from surgery.
DT Haloti Ngata, NT Terrence Cody, DE Cory Redding.
DE Arthur Jones, NT Brandon McKinney, DE Pernell McPhee and
DE Michael McAdoo.
There's been an influx of
youth here with Cody stepping into a
starting role, Jones pushing for a starting
role and McAdoo surprisingly making the
roster after joining the Ravens one day
after going unpicked in the supplemental
draft on Aug. 22. The Ravens might be
tempted to slip McAdoo onto the practice
squad after they add a veteran cut over
the weekend. Ngata, Redding and McKinney were all locks to make the team.
OLB Terrell Suggs, ILB Ray
Lewis, ILB Jameel McClain, OLB Jarret
OLB Paul Kruger, ILB Dannell Ellerbe, OLB Sergio Kindle, ILB
Brendon Ayanbadejo, OLB Albert McClellan, ILB Jason Phillips.
The Ravens return the same
David Reed, Torrey Smith,
Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams.
Boldin and Evans are the perfect complement of toughness and speed.
It'll be interesting to see who steps up as
the No. 3 wideout. Reed is suspended for
the season opener after violating the
NFL's substance abuse policy. Smith can
stretch the field, but he struggled with
catching the ball this preseason. Doss has
been the more polished rookie. Williams
has been the team's most pleasant surprise of the preseason with big catches
and punt returns.
Dennis Pitta and Kris Wilson.
The Ravens will replace
Todd Heap with a combined effort from
Dickson and Pitta. Both are young and
athletic. They also both made big plays
down the seam this preseason.
LT Bryant McKinnie, LG
Ben Grubbs, C Matt Birk, RG Marshal
Yanda, RT Michael Oher.
G-T Mark LeVoir, C Bryan
Mattison, T Jah Reid.
The Ravens chose to keep an
extra defensive back (Chykie Brown) and
defensive lineman (Michael McAdoo) by
going with fewer offensive linemen. Don't starting four from a year ago, but the supporting cast is a bit different. Kruger has
returned to being a linebacker after trying
to become a defensive end last year. Kindle could provide some pass rush after
missing all of last season with a head injury. And McClellan, a practice squad
member last year, should make an impact
on special teams.
TBD with cornerbacks. FS
Ed Reed, SS Bernard Pollard.
CB Jimmy Smith, CB Domonique Foxworth, CB Cary Williams, SS
Tom Zbikowski, FS Haruki Nakamura,
CB Chris Carr, CB Lardarius Webb, CB
The only guaranteed starter
is Reed, who led the NFL in interceptions
last season. Pollard is expected to get the
other starting safety spot over Zbikowski.
The starting cornerbacks could be any
combinations of rookie first-round pick
Smith, Foxworth, Williams and Carr.
There was no question that
this group would return. Cundiff is coming off his first Pro Bowl, and Koch is
looking to reach his first one. Cox is back
after starting training camp on the PUP
because of knee surgery in December.
The Ravens have some questions with the
return game. As far as kickoffs, the Ravens
have to decide between David Reed, Torrey Smith and LaQuan Williams. The current depth chart has Reed on kickoff returns and Webb on punt returns.