The Ravens finished cutting their roster to 53 on Saturday, keeping quarterback Robert Griffin III and parting ways with several high-profile players including former first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman,
Rookies have been thrust into big roles all over the Ravens' roster so far, but in rookie third-round pick Carl Davis, the Ravens seem to have found a starter on the defensive line at the expense of a player who made a similar impact as a rookie last year.
Rookie tight ends Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle both started Thursday with Crockett Gillmore sidelined with a calf injury, and wide receiver Darren Waller played his most significant role yet after injuries at wide receiver. Defensive tackle Carl Davis started a second straight game at defensive tackle, and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith picked up two consecutive sacks to end a Steelers drive.
Timmy Jernigan, who is the man tabbed to replace Haloti Ngata after the Pro Bowl defensive lineman was traded to the Detroit Lions in March, and Carl Davis represent the most recent additions to a defensive line group that throughout the Ravens history has been the franchise's premier strength, due to its depth and continuity among the coaches and players.
Carl Davis has quickly grown accustomed to a full game's workload in the NFL. No Ravens defensive linemen has played more this preseason than the third-round pick out of Iowa, and he doesn't expect that to change in Thursday's preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons.