The signing of veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers on Friday continued what has been a busy offseason for the Ravens. General manager Ozzie Newsome has attacked his team's weaknesses with numbers, while significantly altering the team's roster.
Twenty eight of the team's 87 players weren't in the organization last year. The additions should help a team that went 5-11 in an injury-plagued 2016.
The additions could significantly affect the status of some of the holdover Ravens. Below are 10 of those potential cases:
Kyle Arrington, CB: When the veteran cornerback took a $1.2-million pay cut in early March, it significantly increased his chances to be on the Ravens in 2016. However since then, the Ravens drafted two cornerbacks, Tavon Young and Maurice Canady, and signed Powers. Young, Powers and Will Davis all can play the slot, which is where Arrington is at his best. Arrington is better than what he showed last year, and he'll have to prove that in the preseason to make the team.
Michael Campanaro, WR: The drafting of slot wide receiver/kick returner Keenan Reynolds was immediately viewed as a major threat to Campanaro's status. Campanaro still possesses a skill set – reliable hands, quality route running and punt return ability – the Ravens need. But the former River Hill standout cannot afford nagging summer injuries, not as one of seven receivers competing for only two or three spots behind Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman.
James Hurst, OT: A starter of 13 games over the past two seasons, Hurst is better suited as a swing tackle or reserve guard. However, he'll have plenty of competition for that role. The Ravens drafted two offensive tackles in Ronnie Stanley and Alex Lewis and still have Eugene Monroe on their roster. Second-year tackle De'Ondre Wesley is a guy the coaching staff wants to develop, as well. It's hard to determine where Hurst, who struggled mightily last year, fits.
Kendrick Lewis, FS: The signing of Eric Weddle and the move of Lardarius Webb from cornerback to safety pushes Lewis, a 15-game starter last season, to a reserve role. The Ravens also still have Matt Elam, Terrence Brooks and Anthony Levine on their roster. Webb's has had some injury issues and nobody knows how his transition to a new position will go, so Lewis' roster spot looks safe. However, he might have to accept a significantly reduced role.
Eugene Monroe, OT: It's been about 2 ½ weeks since the Ravens selected Stanley with the sixth overall pick, and Monroe remains on the roster. Team officials have said the oft-injured veteran will get an opportunity to compete with Stanley for the starting left tackle job in training camp and the best five linemen will play. However, there is still a lingering sense that Monroe, who has missed 15 regular-season games over the past two seasons and had shoulder surgery last December, is on borrowed time with the Ravens.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB: Taliaferro has shown flashes of being a potentially impactful back the past two seasons, but injuries have marred his progress. The 2014 fourth-round pick was active for just three games last season because of knee and foot injuries. The Ravens traditionally keep only three running backs and Taliaferro sits fifth on the depth chart behind Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, rookie fourth-round pick Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West. Trent Richardson is in the mix, as well.
Brent Urban, DE: After tearing up his knee in his first training camp in 2013 and after sustaining a torn biceps injury last summer, Urban's goal will be to just get through training camp healthy. However, when the Ravens declined the option on veteran Chris Canty, it appeared Urban would slide into a starting role. That still might happen, but the Ravens still have Lawrence Guy, and they used a third-round pick on Bronson Kaufusi, who projects best as a 3-4 defensive end.
Darren Waller, TE/WR: The Ravens decided early in the offseason they would try Waller, drafted in 2015 as a wide receiver, at tight end. The Ravens' depth chart at tight end, though, is stacked and there's not a whole lot of room at wide receiver either, if the team decides to move Waller back. Waller was very good on special teams last year and that carries a lot of weight with coach John Harbaugh and company. But it isn't going to be easy for him to stick.
Terrance West, RB: This is not by West's doing. By all accounts, the former Towson star has been a diligent worker this offseason and he'll enter training camp in the best shape of his career. But the addition of Dixon (and Richardson, to a esser extent) makes West's path to a significant role or possibly even a roster spot more difficult. If the Ravens take four running backs on the regular season-opening roster – and they haven't done that in the recent past – West would be the favorite for that final spot.
Maxx Williams, TE: The Ravens still have high hopes for Williams, the 2015 second-round pick who came on last season as he gained more opportunities with Crockett Gillmore's injury issues and Nick Boyle's suspension. Williams had 13 catches over his final three games. However, he will have a lot of competition for targets with Benjamin Watson now on the roster and Dennis Pitta potentially returning.