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Why Robert Griffin III will not make the Ravens’ 53-man

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Why Robert Griffin III will not make the Ravens’ 53-man
March 13, 2019 06:35PM
The Baltimore Ravens are set to play in their first of five preseason games on Thursday night Baltimore Ravens Womens Hoodie , and the quarterbacks are seemingly the headliners of this game. Despite Joe Flacco likely sitting out, many are clamoring to get their first look at rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. Aside from Jackson, Robert Griffin III will also play in his first game as a Raven, which leaves many to question his chances at making the roster.Given Baltimore’s depth at seemingly every other position, the Ravens may not be able to afford to keep a third quarterback on the roster, who would likely be inactive almost every week. Griffin III has reportedly helped Jackson in his development, but that alone is not worthy of a roster spot. With a surplus of cornerbacks, safeties, linebackers and defensive linemen, it would behoove Baltimore to keep an extra player at a different position who can make more of an impact than a third quarterback.“It is going to be all things that anybody can imagine. It’s going to be what is best for our team. How well those guys play and it will be a tough decision. Anytime you keep one player at one position extra, it’s one less player at another position you have to decide to lose,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said about Griffin III’s roster chances. Maxx Williams, Kamalei Correa, Bronson Kaufusi, Zach Sieler, Myles Humphrey, Mark Thompson, Breshad Perriman, Tim White and even Kai Nacua among others are on the roster bubble, and keeping Griffin III over any of those players could possibly hurt the Ravens later in the season. Griffin III’s career has been far from perfect. He had a sensational rookie year, but after the 2012 season, it has been one injury after another. Griffin III eventually wound up out of the league despite receiving several workouts in 2017. If he can prove that he can stay healthy, he may have some trade value Womens Customized Baltimore Ravens Jerseys , which is the best case scenario for the Ravens. Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has shown during training camp that he can be a capable backup, and as long as he doesn’t regress during the preseason, Griffin III should be released or traded. Below is a 53-man roster projection without Robert Griffin III, and looking who may be cut if he makes the team could be a concerning development for the Ravens. Quarterbacks (2) - Joe Flacco and Lamar JacksonRunning backs (3) - Alex Collins, Javorious Allen and Kenneth DixonFullback (1) - Patrick RicardWide receivers (7) - Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead, Chris Moore, Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott and Tim WhiteTight ends (3) - Nick Boyle, Mark Andrews, and Hayden HurstOffensive line (8) - Ronnie Stanley, Alex Lewis, Matt Skura, Marshal Yanda, Orlando Brown Jr., Jermaine Eluemunor, James Hurst and Nico SiragusaDefensive line (6) - Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Brent Urban, Willie Henry, Carl Davis, and Chris Wormley Linebackers (9) - Terrell Suggs www.ravenscheapshops.com , Matthew Judon, Za’Darius Smith, Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, C.J. Mosley, Kenny Young, Patrick Onwuasor, and Albert McClellanSafeties (5) - DeShon Elliott, Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine Sr. and Chuck ClarkCornerbacks (6) - Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Maurice Canady and Anthony AverettSpecial teams (3) - Sam Koch, Justin Tucker and Morgan CoxNotable omissions: Breshad Perriman, Maxx Williams, Andrew Donnal, Bronson Kaufusi, Bradley Bozeman, Kai Nacua, Kamalei Correa, Zach Sieler and Griffin IIILooking at that roster projection Baltimore Ravens T-Shirt , who should get replaced by Griffin III? The Ravens are too deep to replace him with any of those players listed. Not to mention Maxx Williams could earn a roster spot depending on the health of Andrews. It would be a great story for the Griffin III to make the 53-man roster, but it may not be in Baltimore’s best interest.Most important roster battles to watch during Ravens vs. Redskins The Ravens will face the Redskins on Thursday night in the final game of the preseason. Here are the most important position battles to watch before the final roster is decided:Tim White vs. Janarion Grant PRBaltimore has one more game to decide who will return kicks for them to start the season. The battle is currently between undrafted rookie Janarion Grant and second-year player Tim White. Grant has looked more explosive so far this preseason, but neither player has taken hold of the job just yet. A fumble from both White and Grant against Indianapolis kept the race even tighter. Both players are also fighting for the last wide receiver spot on the depth chart. Although Grant received the majority of the snaps at returner against Miami, White had a much better game on offense with three receptions for 70 yards. This battle will ultimately be determined by punt return ability, however. Grant and White should both see extensive playing time against Washington.Breshad Perriman vs. Jordan Lasley WRThe top four wide receiver spots are set in stone and another spot will most likely go to a designated returner. The Ravens usually carry a maximum of six receivers, so the battle for the final spot will be between Breshad Perriman and Jordan Lasley. Neither Lasley or Perriman have had particularly impressive preseasons, though both have certainly flashed at times. Lasley is coming off of a solid game against the Dolphins with three receptions for 30 yards. However, in the previous game against the Colts, Lasley dropped a wide open touchdown pass. Both Lasley and Perriman have struggled catching the ball, Perriman dropped his first target in the preseason resulting in an interception against Chicago. Perriman had a big game against Los Angeles with three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. A former first-round pick, Perriman is entering the final year of his contract after Baltimore declined to pick up his fifth-year option. Meanwhile, Lasley is in the first year of his contract. Lasley also plays special teams whereas Perriman does not. Baltimore could in fact carry seven receivers and keep both Perriman and Lasley, however, it is unlikely at this point.Maxx Williams vs. Darren Waller TE With Hayden Hurst sidelined for the first few weeks of the season, the Ravens will have to keep either Maxx Williams or Darren Waller as a third tight end until Hurst returns. Williams is entering his fourth and final year of his contract after being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Baltimore. While suffering several injuries and never quite living up to high expectations, Williams has still been a solid contributor over the years, particularly in the running game. Under tight ends coach Greg Roman, run blocking is a highly desired skill. Waller just recently returned from a year-long suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Waller was originally drafted as a wide receiver in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He has been suspended twice since being drafted and has only caught 12 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Williams is the better blocker of the two and is more reliable despite his injury history. Waller is one of the most athletic players on offense, however, and is a potential mismatch nightmare for opposing linebackers and safeties. Both Williams and Waller should receive plenty of playing time in the final preseason game.
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