Sizing up the Ravens roster after the third preseason game

August 25, 2012 | Luke Jones

Sizing up the Ravens roster after the third preseason game

LOCK: Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody, Arthur Jones, Pernell McPhee, Ma’ake Kemoeatu
BUBBLE: Bryan Hall, DeAngelo Tyson
LONG SHOT: Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, Terrence Moore, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen
INJURED: Ryan McBean
Skinny: There aren’t any noticeable changes here, but the seventh-round selection Tyson has put together two solid performances in the last two preseason games. I still project him to be on the outside looking in, but he’s earning more consideration than he was a few weeks ago.

LINEBACKERS (15)
LOCK: Ray Lewis, Jameel McClain, Paul Kruger, Courtney Upshaw, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Dannell Ellerbe, Albert McClellan
BUBBLE: Sergio Kindle, Chavis Williams, Nigel Carr
LONG SHOT: Stevie Baggs, Ricky Brown, Darryl Blackstock, Josh Bynes
INJURED: Terrell Suggs (will begin season on non-football injury list and not count against 53-man roster)
Skinny: Carr hasn’t done much to stand out during the preseason other than a holding penalty that negated a punt return touchdown against Detroit last week. Williams is the better special teams player and more deserving of a spot.

CORNERBACKS (8)
LOCK: Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams, Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham
BUBBLE: Asa Jackson, Danny Gorrer, Chykie Brown
LONG SHOT: Jordan Mabin
Skinny: This is the deepest unit on the team, and Brown has worked extensively on special teams as a gunner and key member of the kickoff unit. Graham will also work at the safety position, which makes carrying seven cornerbacks a little more palatable.

SAFETIES (7)
LOCK: Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard, Sean Considine, Christian Thompson
BUBBLE: Omar Brown
LONG SHOT: Cyhl Quarles
INJURED: Emanuel Cook
Skinny: Losing Cook for the season hurts the special teams and weakens depth at the position as he was slated to be Reed’s primary backup at free safety. With the season-ending injury to Cook, the Ravens might be in the market for another veteran, but Graham’s versatility at the corner position eases some concern at least.

SPECIALISTS (3)
LOCK: Sam Koch, Morgan Cox
BUBBLE: Justin Tucker, Billy Cundiff
LONG SHOT: Patrick Scales
Skinny: After the rookie kicker performed flawlessly in his chance to play the entire game Thursday, there’s no other choice but to go with Tucker. Harbaugh has been vague in his comments regarding what this week will bring, making it clear the Ravens are leaning heavily in the direction of the rookie free agent from Texas. Cundiff has performed well this summer, but Tucker has been exceptional and is deserving of the job.

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  1. joe of bel air Says:

    Luke, I heard Sam Koch being interviewed on your station on Friday. Thought it was interesting that when the Buzz asked him about Tucker he talked about him as though Tucker making the team was a done deal.

    (L.J. – I did listen to it and thought the same thing. Was interesting to hear.)

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