The Ravens' top decision makers are always preaching about the importance of roster competition. They want it at every position, not just for starting roles but for special teams units and back-end roster spots.
Heading into training camp which officially begins with the first full-squad practice on July 24, the Ravens’ front office has assembled a 90-man roster that will need to be whittled down to 53 in the coming weeks. The roster has a mixture of youth and experience and is particularly deep at wide receiver where 12 guys are competing for five or six spots.
This is the first in a series predicting how many players the Ravens will keep at each position, which players are locks to make the team, which ones are on the bubble and which ones are going to need to defy long odds to stick.
How many they’ll keep: 3
Locks if healthy: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor
On the bubble: Keith Wenning
Skinny: Taking advantage of Flacco’s durability – he hasn’t missed a start in his six-year NFL career – the Ravens haven’t carried three quarterbacks in the regular season since 2009. But this year, that may very well change. The Ravens drafted Ball State’s Wenning in the sixth round with the intention of grooming him as Flacco’s eventual backup. In the minicamps, Wenning didn’t appear ready to immediately challenge Taylor for the primary backup job. So, the most likely scenario is Wenning being kept as the third quarterback this season and then taking over the primary backup role next year when Taylor is expected to leave in free agency. However, it’s not impossible if Wenning really struggles in the preseason that the Ravens would try and keep him on the practice squad and again tempt fate with just two quarterbacks on the roster.
Tomorrow, we will highlight running backs.