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Ravens Depth Chart 2012

Drills in Shorts Will Turn into Full Pads Soon Enough.

It won’t be long. No, really it won’t before not only the weather heats up but talk around town about the Ravens Super Bowl chances for 2012.

The draft is over and free agency is looking thin at this point, so what better time to start looking at how the 2012 Ravens will look heading into their 17th season.

QUARTERBACK

Projected Depth ChartJoe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor, Curtis Painter

OthersJohn Brantley, Chester Stewart

BGR’s Take – The Ravens have been incredibly fortunate that Flacco is a durable player. So durable in fact that he’s played almost every snap under Center for the last four seasons. That’s impressive. It does make you wonder when Joe’s consecutive game streak will end though and if the backups are capable enough to run the offense. The coaching staff appears happy with Taylor as the next option though Curtis Painter could give Taylor a run for the spot. I’d expect the team to keep all three on the active roster.

RUNNING BACK

Projected Depth ChartRay Rice, Anthony Allen, Bernard Pierce

OthersDamien Berry, Brandon Pendergrass, Bobby Rainey

BGR’s Take – I’m not expected a Rice holdout, at least not this season, so he should be ready to roll under the franchise tag. The bigger question is – who takes over for the departed Ricky Williams? I’ll give Allen the edge because he’s at least been here a year and is a power runner much in the style of Williams. The team still could look to add another player via free agency. Some interesting names still out there are – Ryan Grant, Cedric Benson, and Cadillac Williams.

FULLBACK

Projected Depth ChartVonta Leach

OtherJamison Berryhill

BGR’s Take – “The Hammer” will be there to open running lanes for whomever is behind him next season. Maybe Berryhill joins the Practice Squad.

WIDE RECEIVER

Projected Depth ChartAnquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Tandon Doss, Laquan Williams, Tommy Streeter

OthersRodney Bradley, Devin Goda, Dorian Graham, Philip Livas, David Reed, Deonte Thompson, Patrick Williams

BGR’s Take – The Ravens continue their quest to find a #3 Receiver and even though Jones in now the favorite I wouldn’t hand him the job just yet. He’ll be valuable as a return man but he’s never really lived up to expectations catching the ball in Houston. That leaves Doss and Williams as options as well as rookie Tommy Streeter. I have have feeling that Torrey Smith takes another step forward in his development this season too.

TIGHT END

Projected Depth ChartDennis Pitta, Ed Dickson, Davon Drew

OthersMatt Balasavage, Bruce Figgins

BGR’s Take – There should be no question about Pitta as the starter heading into this season. He became Joe Flacco’s go to guy on Third Down and possesses the best set of hands among the receiving corps. Dickson has great athletic ability but must eliminate the crucial drops from a year ago. Can Davon Drew fill the Blocking role that Kris Wilson did? Can he stay healthy?

CENTER

Projected Depth ChartMatt Birk, Gino Gradkowski

OthersJustin Boren, Cecil Newton

BGR’s Take – Birk is back to anchor the line and to mentor Gradkowski who the team hopes will take over in a few years. Does Birk have that much left in the tank?

GUARD

Projected Depth Chart Kelechi Osemele (left), Marshal Yanda (right), Jah Reid, Gino Gradkowski

OthersHoward Barbieri, Justin Boren, Jack Cornell , Antoine McClain

BGR’s Take – Unless the Ravens decide to sign a Free Agent like Jake Scott or Vernon Carey it looks like the battle to replace Ben Grubbs will be between Reid and Osemele. If that’s the case I like the rookie to win the spot.

TACKLE

Projected Depth ChartBryant McKinnie (left), Michael Oher (right), Jah Reid, Kelechi Osemele

OthersJack Cornell, Ramon Harewood, Addison Lawrence

BGR’s Take – There has been a lot of talk about McKinnie over this off-season and much of it has been less than complimentary. But who else do they have? I don’t see Oher flipping back to the “Blind Side” again.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Projected Depth ChartHaloti Ngata, Terrence Cody (nose tackle), Ryan McBean, Art Jones

OthersNicolas Jean-Baptiste, Bryan Hall Elliott Henigan, Maake Kemoeatu, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen

BGR’s Take – Ngata and Cody are definites but there are some questions for this duo. Was Ngata playing hurt last season? His production towards the latter half of the season would suggest so. Cody was fair in his first season as a starter but you wonder if he lost too much weight. McBean should be a nice addition to the line rotation but he’ll serve a three game suspension at the start of the season. Kemoeatu is another vet that could be useful in spot duty.

DEFENSIVE END

Projected Depth ChartPernell McPhee, Art Jones, DeAngelo Tyson

OthersElliott Henigan, Michael McAdoo, Terrence Moore

BGR’s Take – McPhee will get a chance to build on a strong rookie campaign as Cory Redding’s replacement. Arthur Jones will also get a chance for more playing time as well. Tyson and McAdoo are two players to keep an eye on during Mini camps that could surprise.

LINEBACKER

Projected Depth ChartRay Lewis (Inside), Jameel McClain (Inside), Paul Kruger (Outside), Courtney Upshaw (Outside), Dannell Ellerbe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Sergio Kindle, Terrell Suggs (Injured)

OthersJosh Bynes, Nigel Carr, Cody Glenn, Albert McClellan, Chavis Williams

BGR’s Take – Suggs is presumed out for all of 2012. If he returns at all I consider that a plus. That leaves Outside linebacker a huge question mark heading into camp on both sides. Kruger needs to step up as well as the rookie Upshaw to fill the shoes of Suggs and Jarret Johnson respectively. Lewis and Ellerbee appear set in the middle. Ellerbee will get another chance to stick but may need a change of scenery to thrive in the Pros. Ayanbadejo will provide Special Teams leadership and good coverage skills on Third Down. Kindle must make some strides this season or he could be shown the door.

CORNERBACK

Projected Depth ChartLardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Cary Williams, Corey Graham, Chykie Brown

OthersDanny Gorrer, Asa Jackson, Jordan Mabin

BGR’s Take – Williams had an excellent season but he’s coming of of hip surgery. That could leave the door open for Jimmy Smith to take his spot. Webb is coming off a big and well deserved payday after turning a Pro Bowl caliber campaign. Gorrer was a pleasant surprise in 2011 and the battle for the Dime position should be good with Brown and possible Jackson in the mix.

SAFETY

Projected Depth ChartEd Reed (free safety), Bernard Pollard (strong safety), Sean Considine, Christian Thompson

OthersOmar Brown, Emanuel Cook, Cyhl Quarles

BGR’s Take – Sure the Ed Reed retirement talk has gotten old by now but he’ll be back for next season. Pollard is a hard hitting compliment to Reed’s ball-hawking style. With the departures of valuable reserves like Nakamura and Zbikowski, new players must step in and fill the void.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Projected Depth ChartBilly Cundiff (Kicker), Justin Tucker, Sam Koch (Punter)

BGR’s Take – Much to the dismay of the fan base the Ravens appear committed to Billy Cundiff. Cundiff was a perfect example of why I always choose Kickers in the last round of my Fantasy Draft. He was a Pro Bowler in 2010 and in 2011 he put an exclamation point on a disappointing season with a missed kicked that ended Baltimore’s Super Bowl run. Can he bounce back and will the fans let him? Instead of signing a veteran kicker to truly compete with Cundiff like Neil Rackers or Ryan Longwell, they instead recently signed undrafted rookie Justin Tucker. I’d be shocked to see Tucker win the job. Koch continues his stellar job of kicking inside the Ten on a consistent basis.

 

 


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