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 fourth 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: Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels, Crockett Gillmore
Long shots: Nathan Overbay, Phillip Supernaw
Skinny: There’s a chance that offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will want to keep more of a blocking tight end on the roster, which would bode well for a guy like Supernaw. However, fullback Kyle Juszczyk could also be used more in an H-back role, which would lessen the blocking concern. Beyond that, there’s not much maneuverability here. Pitta and Daniels, known far more for their pass-catching ability than for their blocking, will both be major parts of the offense. It remains to be seen how much of a role that Gillmore, a third-round pick, will play though he’ll probably be brought along pretty slowly.
Tomorrow, we will highlight the offensive line.