Breaking Down the Ravens 53-Man Roster
The Baltimore Ravens finalized their roster on Tuesday cutting down to the 53-man roster they will take into week one against the New York Jets. While a lot can change with the roster from now until September 11th, lets breakdown each position group as the roster currently stands.
Lamar Jackson returns to the field after missing the final five games of 2021. The Ravens are in a good spot with one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL in Jackson, as well as one of the best backup quarterbacks in Tyler Huntley. While the Ravens want to see Jackson behind center for all 17 games this season. The Ravens quarterback room is set up for success with both Jackson and Huntley on the roster.
With Gus Edwards missing at least the first four games of 2022. The Ravens will lean heavily on Mike Davis and recently signed back Kenyan Drake. J.K. Dobbins looks ready for week one but his workload likely will be minimal as he works his way back from his torn ACL. The Ravens are without question a run first offense, and with so many explosive backs on the roster the Ravens run game has a lot of potential in 2022.
James Proche II
Rashad Bateman enters 2022 as the Ravens number one receiver, a tall ask for a player yet to play an entire season. Behind Bateman there is little very production. Between Duvernay, Proche, and Wallace, Duvernay is the only one that has seen NFL game action on a consistent bases. Recently signed receiver Demarcus Robinson had a great showing in the Ravens final preseason game leaving high hopes for a receiving group that on paper lacks much production.
Mark Andrews looks to build off yet another career year in 2022, and with the emergence of rookie Isaiah Likely, defenses will need to take notice of Likely. The two-headed monster of Andrews and Likely will be a force for this Ravens offense and will force opposing defenses into tough decisions on who to double. Expect a big year from both Andrews and Likely in the Ravens passing game.
Outside of the Ravens receiver, the Ravens offensive line has been a big question mark throughout camp. While rookie Tyler Linderbaum, right tackle Morgan Moses, and right guard Kevin Zeitler are locks to start. Left guard and left tackle remain question marks. Ben Powers appears to be the favorite to start at left guard but has had limited playing time in the NFL. Ronnie Stanley returned to practice but his health remains a question, while Ja’Waun James is poised to start in Stanley’s place if he can’t go, James own health through a 17 game season is in question. If the Ravens hope to return to their 2019 form, it will all start with the offensive line.
One of the strongest position groups on the team headlined by Calais Campbell and Justin Madubuike, will look to continue to halt opposing offenses especially in the run game. With the additions of rookie Travis Jones, Michael Pierce, and Brent Urban. The Ravens defensive line posses depth and playmaking ability that should give offenses problems all season.
The Ravens only have two outside linebackers on the current 53-man roster. While Oweh and Houston are stars on this Ravens defense it without question that the Ravens will need to sign another outside linebacker before week one. The success of this Ravens defense will lean heavily on Oweh and Houston as getting to the quarterback has been a problem for the Ravens in recent years. While rookie David Ojabo won’t be back for most of the season, as he recovers from a torn achilles, and Tyus Bowser will miss at least the first four games. Oweh and Houston will be asked to do a lot before additional help arrives.
The youngest position group on the team, the inside linebackers will go as Patrick Queen goes. Queen has had his ups and downs as he enters his third season, and really has yet to full live up to his first round selection. Josh Bynes is a solid rotational linebacker, while Harrison and Welch have little to show in their NFL careers outside of special teams. Undrafted rookie Josh Ross makes the team, but will have to show he belongs when he lines up against opposing teams number one starters.
Damarion “Pepe” Williams
The Ravens return Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey to a secondary that was worst in the NFL last season. Depth will be the key for this group heading into 2022. Damarion “Pepe” Williams as well as veteran Kyle Fuller, have both made plays this preseason and should play meaningful snaps for this Ravens defense. Second year cornerback Brandon Stephens will need to be more consistent, while rookie Jalyn Armour-Davis will need to get healthy before he can make any kind of contribution.
Arguably the most loaded position group that the Ravens have is the safety position. After signing Marcus Williams in the offseason, The Ravens used their first pick pick in this year draft to take Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton. The Ravens still have Chuck Clark who is still expected to call the defense for the Ravens this year. Williams, Clark, and Hamilton will all see time regularly this season, sometimes with all three on the field together. The playmaking potential from this group should lead to several turnovers something that has lacked from Ravens safeties in recent years.
The Ravens drafted punter Jordan Stout to replace longtime Raven Sam Koch. Stout thus far has been nothing short of perfect as he has shown not only his ability to punt, and punt well. But also his ability to kickoff which will take some stress off of kicker Justin Tucker. One of the most consistent groups on the Ravens, the new and improved “wolfpack” will look to be one of the NFL’s best special teams units once again in 2022.
RB Tyler Badie
QB Anthony Brown
NT Isaiah Mack
FB/TE Ben Mason
G Kahlil McKenzie
LB Steven Means
OLB Jeremiah Moon
DT Rashad Nichols
WR Makai Polk
CB Kevon Seymour
OT David Sharpe
WR Binjimen Victor
DB Ar’Darius Washington
WR Raleigh Webb
CB Daryl Worley
OLB Daelin Hayes
DT Aaron Crawford
WR Shemar Bridges
RB Gus Edwards
TE Charlie Kolar
OLB David Ojabo
OLB Tyus Bowser