Omar Brown

Omar Brown (Lloyd Fox, The Baltimore Sun / August 11, 2012)

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 Thursday, 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 ninth 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.

SAFETIES

How many they’ll keep:  4

Locks if healthy: Matt Elam, Darian Stewart, Terrence Brooks  

On the bubble: Omar Brown, Anthony Levine, Jeromy Miles

Long shots: Brynden Trawick

Skinny: Stewart, a free agent acquisition from the St. Louis Rams, has seemingly opened up some ground on Brooks, a third-round pick, in the competition to start at safety alongside Elam. In addition to the top three, the Ravens will probably take one or two more safeties. The other four candidates for those jobs all have experience with the organization. Levine and Miles were two of the Ravens’ top special teams performers last season, so that should give them an advantage in the competition. However, it would be foolish to dismiss Brown’s chances. He always seems to be around the ball and he has worked extremely hard to get bigger and stronger this offseason. Linebacker Terrell Suggs singled out Brown as a guy he’d like to see get an opportunity.