Here's the latest Ravens' roster projection.
Entering preseason Week 3, here's who we have making the 53-man roster. One adjustment has been made, and that's if a player is suspended for Week 1 or longer, or is currently on the PUP, then they will not be counted toward the 53-man squad. An asterisk (*) will be noted if a player won't, or isn't expected to be, on the 53-man roster at the preseason's conclusion.
Analysis: Wenning hasn't done much in the first two preseason games. But the Ravens did draft him in the sixth round, electing to take a chance on Michael Campanaro going somewhere else before getting back in the seventh round to take the slot receiver. I still think Wenning has a spot but he may be inching toward the bubble line at this time.
Running back (3): Ray Rice*, Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro; Out: Cierre Wood, Fitzgerald Toussaint
Analysis: The Ravens will open the year with three running backs on the 53-man roster. Of course, that could change after Week 2 when Rice is back. The Ravens could opt to cut Forsett or someone at another position.
Fullback (1): Kyle Juszczyk
Analysis: Juszczyk has a chance to play a major role in his second NFL season.
Wide receiver (6): Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones, Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro, Deonte Thompson; Bubble: Kamar Aiken, Jeremy Butler; Out: LaQuan Williams, Mike Willie, Jace Davis
Analysis: The Ravens have gone with six receivers in previous years, so this could be the case once again. While Thompson hasn't done too much on offense, what he offers as a special teams player — in coverage and as a backup returner — could be enough to give him an edge over guys such as Aiken and Butler. Campanaro also has the same kind of special teams value while being the only true slot receiver on the roster.
Analysis: Overbay saw a good bit of special teams action last week, though he's still likely on the outside looking in.
Offensive line (9): Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, Rick Wagner, Ryan Jensen, John Urschel, Gino Gradkowski, Jah Reid. Bubble: A.Q. Shipley, James Hurst, Will Rackley. Out: Reggie Stephens, David Mims, Parker Graham, Brett Van Sloten
Analysis: With John Harbaugh's declaration that Reid is the Ravens' third tackle, he moves onto the 53-man roster. Gradkowski and Jensen haven't had standout preseasons but have the benefit of being draft picks, so the Ravens will want to see if there's still anything left to get out of the investment.
Defensive line (5): Haloti Ngata, Brandon Williams, Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson, Timmy Jernigan, Terrence Cody*. IR candidates: Kapron Lewis-Moore, Brent Urban. Bubble: Derrick Hopkins. Out: AJ Pataiali'i, Jamie Meder, Levi Brown
Analysis: Hopkins could benefit with Cody potentially beginning the season on IR. Harbaugh has mentioned that the undrafted rookie has performed well in practice, so there's a window here. However, the Ravens could address another position for the short term.
Outside linebacker (5): Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Pernell McPhee, Courtney Upshaw, John Simon; Out: Nick DiMarco, D.J. Roberts
Analysis: This group is pretty much wrapped up.
Inside linebacker (5): Daryl Smith, C.J. Mosley, Arthur Brown, Josh Bynes, Albert McClellan. Out: Austin Spitler, Zach Orr
Analysis: With Cody — as far as this projection is concerned — potentially starting the year on the PUP list, McClellan gets the final roster spot to open the year. McClellan's a versatile linebacker that can play inside and outside, and has defensive end experience dating back to his college days at Marshall. McClellan also adds value on special teams.
Cornerback (5): Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Asa Jackson, Chykie Brown, Tramain Jacobs. Bubble: Dominique Franks, Sammy Seamster; Out: Deji Olatoye, Marrio Norman
Analysis: The final cornerback spot could come down to Jacobs, Franks and Seamster — though Seamster could be a wild card and be the sixth corner on the team based on special teams value. Of the three, Jacobs has been the best cornerback. Franks offers the most NFL experience. But Seamster provides the most special teams upside, which could help him contribute more in 2014. With injuries to Webb, Smith and Jackson, the cornerbacks will be given a good look this Saturday against Washington.
Safety (5): Matt Elam, Darian Stewart, Terrence Brooks, Jeromy Miles, Brynden Trawick, Will Hill*; Bubble: Omar Brown.
Analysis: Brown could once again be on the wrong side of final cut day. He's a solid football player but has too many things working against him with the Ravens. It's a numbers game in the NFL and Miles and Trawick offer more on special teams.
Special teams (3): Sam Koch, Justin Tucker, Morgan Cox; Out: Richie Leone
Analysis: They're the three best friends that anybody could have.