Starter: Joe Flacco
Backup: Robert Griffin III
Third String: Lamar Jackson, Josh Woodrum
Flacco is the starter………..for how long is the biggest question heading into the 2018 season. Ideally he will perform well and give rookie Lamar Jackson an entire year to learn and grow. If Flacco struggles it will likely be RGIII filling in but the fans will be vocal about starting the Lamar Jackson era sooner rather than later. With five preseason games, Josh Woodrum will probably stick around as a preseason body.
Starter: Alex Collins
Starter (FB): Pat Ricard
Backup: Kenneth Dixon
3rd String: Buck Allen
The Ravens didn’t address the running back position in the draft which is good news for Alex Collins. I’m not the biggest fan of Collins but he showed last season that he can carry the load. I would of loved to see the team draft a change-of-pace guy but Kenneth Dixon can fill that role easily. Two years ago he was running over opposing tacklers during the Ravens 2016 preseason so hopefully he can get back to that. Buck Allen is valuable as a receiver out of the backfield. Still think the team adds a veteran back during training camp.
Starters: Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead
Backups: Chris Moore, Breshad Perriman, Jordan Lasley (R), DeVier Posey
3rd String: Quincy Adeboyejo, Jaleel Scott (R), Tim White
Ozzie Newsome has TOTALLY revamped this receiver group. I’ve always loved to watch Michael Crabtree play football and he will instantly become a favorite among Ravens fans. John Brown is here to stretch the field and Snead is best in the slot. Perriman is the odd man out. The Ravens don’t like to prematurely cut-bait on players they’ve drafted but they might not have a choice if Chris Moore and DeVier Posey out play him in the preseason. The rookie Jordan Lasley is my sleeper here. He had a problem with drops at UCLA but was a legit playmaker with Josh Rosen throwing him the ball.
Starter: Hayden Hurst
Backup: Mark Andrews
3rd String: Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle, Vince Mayle
The Ravens are at their best with a power running-game and a reliable tight end and now they have two of them. Hayden Hurst is the clear cut starter but I think we see fellow rookie Mark Andrews on the field quite a bit, especially split out wide against smaller slot cornerbacks. I was the captain of the Maxx Williams fan club for many years but it’s clear the Ravens don’t view him as a difference maker. He will struggle to make the roster now after the arrival of Hurst and Andrews. Boyle probably sticks around for his block skills. Mayle as well for his special teams prowess.
Left Tackle: Ronnie Stanley
Left Guard: Alex Lewis
Center: Matt Skura
Right Guard: Marshal Yanda
Right Tackle: Jermaine Eluemunor
Backups: Orlando Brown Jr. (R), James Hurst, Bradley Bozeman (R), Greg Senat (R), Maurquice Shakir, Nico Siragusa, Andrew Donnal, Steven Moore
After adding some pieces in the draft the depth is certainly here. The competition will be fun to watch as three of the five starting spots are likely up for grabs. Alex Lewis is the real wild card here. IF healthy he has the talent to win the right tackle gig but I think he fits in better at guard. I’m not sure how much confidence I have in Matt Skura and we’ll see if the former Alabama center Bradley Bozeman can push him for the gig. Friend of the podcast Jermaine Eluemunor is the dark horse for me. While Orlando Brown Jr. will be the popular pick for the right tackle job, I think he would benefit from sitting and learning the speed of the pro game. Eluemunor showed serious potential last season and he has more mobility than Brown.