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2018 AFC North Roster Roundup: Baltimore Ravens

Does Baltimore have the roster to get back to the postseason in Ozzie Newsome’s final season at the helm?


Projected Starters



QB: Joe Flacco

RB: Alex Collins
WR: Michael Crabtree
WR: John Brown
WR: Willie Snead
TE: Hayden Hurst
LT: Ronnie Stanley
LG: Alex Lewis
C: Matt Skura
RG: Marshal Yanda
RT: Orlando Brown



DE: Brandon Williams
DT: Michael Pierce
DE: Willie Henry
OLB: Terrell Suggs
ILB: C.J. Mosley
OLB: Za’Darius Smith
CB: Jimmy Smith
CB: Marlon Humphrey

CB: Tavon Young
S: Eric Weddle
S: Tony Jefferson


Roster Notes/Thoughts


Notable depth

QB Robert Griffin III, QB Lamar Jackson, RB Javorius Allen, RB Kenneth Dixon, WR Breshad Perriman, WR Jordan Lasley, WR Jaleel Scott, TE Mark Andrews, TE Nick Boyle, OT Greg Senat, G James Hurst, DE Brent Urban, DL Chris Wormley, OLB Tyus Bowser, OLB Tim Williams, LB Albert McClellan, LB Correa Kamalei, LB Kenny Young, CB Brandon Carr, CB Anthony Averett, S DeShon Elliott


Biggest strength: Secondary

The Ravens go four or five deep at cornerback and have one of the best safety duos in the NFL, so the only knock on their secondary is durability. If everyone gets and stays healthy, Baltimore will be able to play matchups with Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young returning to pair with veteran Brandon Carr and 2017 first-round pick Marlon Humphrey; all four guys might be above-average starting options.


Biggest weakness: Interior offensive line

Marshal Yanda (ankle) will be back after missing the final 14 weeks of the 2017 season, but he turns 34 in September and has already played through a lot in his career. And joining him on the interior will likely be an unproven combination of Alex Lewis/James Hurst and Matt Skura, so the Ravens need to scheme a way to keep pressure from getting up the middle on Joe Flacco.


Position battle to watch: Outside linebacker

Baltimore has just about the same amount of depth at outside linebacker as they do at cornerback, but they will be banking on untapped potential from Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams (both Day 2 picks last year) behind Terrell Suggs. If either guy steps up in 2018, the Ravens could make a case as the best defense in the league.


Early over/under: 8.5 wins (via Odds Shark)

Over. John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco are both squarely on the hot seat despite winning a Super Bowl in 2013, and although I don’t think they should be, it’s a fact after Lamar Jackson was drafted in the first round and team owner Steve Bisciotti openly admitted he considered firing his head coach after the 2017 season. But on paper, Baltimore doesn’t have a glaring weakness if they can stay healthy, and the Harbaugh-Flacco era has a chance to continue beyond this year with a playoff berth and run.


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