Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata with coach John Harbaugh after… (Karl Merton Ferrron, Baltimore…)
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 Thursday, 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 sixth 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: 7
Locks if healthy: Chris Canty, Haloti Ngata, Brandon Williams, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Timmy Jernigan, Brent Urban
On the bubble: Terrence Cody, DeAngelo Tyson
Long shots: Levi Brown, Derrick Hopkins, Jamie Meder, A.J. Pataiali’I
Skinny: With the Ravens having spent two of their first five draft picks on defensive lineman and with Lewis-Moore now healthy after sitting out last year to rehab his knee, there is not a lot of room for anybody else to crack the rotation. Ngata and Canty are back as starters, while Williams is the favorite to step in and fill Arthur Jones’ spot at defensive tackle. Lewis-Moore, Jernigan and Urban will battle for playing time behind those guys. Tyson, a seventh-round pick in 2012, has improved every year, so he shouldn’t have too much of a problem securing a spot in the rotation. Cody, however, is a different story. He re-signed with the Ravens this offseason, but hip surgery has slowed his preparation for the season, but he was placed on the physically unable to perform list last week. He can’t afford to miss too much of training camp or his tenure with the Ravens could come to an end this summer.