The next seven weeks figure to be an immensely important stretch for the Ravens as they attempt to assess certain position battles and the strength of their overall roster. Several veterans might find themselves on the bubble, while a few rookies — drafted and undrafted — might spark conversation.
Training camp opens July 19 at 11:50 a.m. when the team will be on the field for its first full-squad practice. The first preseason game is Aug. 2 against the Chicago Bears in the Hall of Fame Game, and the final cuts for the 53-man active roster will take place Sept. 1.
Injuries, individual performances and possible additions could play a role in determining the roster before the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium.
Here is a position-by-position look at the veterans and newcomers jockeying for roster spots. Tuesday’s visit was with the running backs. Wednesday’s visit is with the wide receivers.
Rookies: No. 80 Jaelon Acklin, No. 84 Janarion Grant, No. 17 Jordan Lasley, No. 18 Andre Levrone, No. 12 Jaleel Scott
What to look for in training camp: Crabtree, Snead and Brown lead the receiving corps in years of experience, but they will each be playing in their first season with the Ravens. Expect the trio to get plenty of repetitions to develop cohesion with the quarterbacks, especially Joe Flacco. Perriman, the franchise’s first-round draft choice in 2015 who has failed to live up to expectations, needs a strong camp to cement his spot on the roster. Adeboyejo and White will try to replicate the preseasons they had a year ago that suggested much promise.
Outlook: The losses of Mike Wallace (free-agent departure to the Philadelphia Eagles) and Jeremy Maclin (offseason release) left a void in experience that prompted the club to pursue Crabtree, Snead and Brown. Perriman and Brown have the speed to replace Wallace, but developing the trust that Flacco had in Wallace is another matter. Moore is a reliable option in the slot or on the outside, but he might be hard-pressed to earn playing time. Mayle is making the transition from a crowded tight end position to wide receiver. Despite being fourth- and fifth-round selections in May, Scott and Lasley, respectively, will have to prove that they are worthy of spots on the active roster.
One stat from 2017: 8.9 yards per catch, which ranked last in the NFL.