Offensive line, linebackers remain strength of Ravens' 53-man roster

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Here's a player-by-player look at the Baltimore Ravens' initial 53-man roster:


Joe Flacco: He's coming off a season in which he set career highs in passing yards (3,986) and touchdowns passes (27), but he lost two of his top three receivers (Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels) in free agency.

Matt Schaub: Decision-making remained a nagging problem for the 12-year veteran who has lost his last six starts.


Justin Forsett: The Ravens' featured back more than doubled his previous career high in rushing yards in 2014, and he could set a new personal mark in receptions this season under new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.

Lorenzo Taliaferro: A sprained knee, which should keep the Ravens' top backup sidelined for a few weeks, put a damper on his impressive work this offseason, which brought him back leaner and more elusive.

Buck Allen: The rookie fourth-round pick looked overwhelmed in the preseason, when he averaged 2.5 yards per carry and fumbled before crossing the goal line.

Kyle Juszczyk: His blocking improved in the second half of last season, and he has the potential to build on the 19 catches he got a year ago.


Crockett Gillmore: He's known more for his blocking, but he showed in the preseason that he will be an X factor in the passing game.

Maxx Williams: The draft's top tight end is a natural pass-catcher, but durability is a question mark for a young prospect like Williams, who turned 21 in April.

Nick Boyle: The rookie fifth-round pick has a nasty streak as a blocker, and he has inconsistent hands as an intermediate target.


Steve Smith: He is primed for a memorable final season, as he's the only proven wide receiver on the team.

Kamar Aiken: He'll need to show more consistency in his first year as a starter, which was won by default due to injuries to Breshad Perriman and Marlon Brown.

Marlon Brown: He'll get an opportunity to rebound as Baltimore's No. 3 receiver after a down 2014 season and an injury-filled training camp this year.

Michael Campanaro: The Ravens see him as a Julian Edelman-type player, with his ability to play slot receiver and return punts. That is, if Campanaro can stay healthy.

Breshad Perriman: The rookie first-round pick was expected to replace Torrey Smith as Baltimore's deep threat, but he hasn't practiced since injuring his knee on July 30.

Darren Waller: Underused as a receiver at Georgia Tech, the rookie sixth-round pick has intriguing size (6-foot-6) and big-play potential.


Eugene Monroe: He missed a career-worst five games and committed a team-high nine penalties after the Ravens signed the left tackle to their biggest free-agent contract of the 2014 offseason.

Kelechi Osemele: In the final year of his contract, he hasn't shied away from talking about his desire to make his first Pro Bowl.

Jeremy Zuttah: He's a better run blocker than a pass protector, and he upgraded the center position for Baltimore last season.

Marshal Yanda: Considered one of the top offensive linemen in the NFL, he has built a reputation on being a steady pass-protector and a mauling run-blocker. Like Osemele, Yanda is in the final year of his contract.

Rick Wagner: He went from a question mark to one of the top right tackles in the NFL.

John Urschel: The Ravens went 4-1 last season (including playoffs) when the math guru started at guard.

James Hurst: He had some shaky moments last season, but it's rare to see an undrafted rookie start at left tackle in the playoffs.

Ryan Jensen: No one can question his toughness or versatility. Jensen can play every position on the offensive line.


Chris Canty: One wonders how much the Ravens' oldest lineman (32 years old) has left, although Canty can be a factor in run defense.

Brandon Williams: The powerfully built interior lineman is on track for a Pro Bowl season if he can handle increased attention with Haloti Ngata gone.

Timmy Jernigan: He has the big challenge of replacing Ngata if he can stay healthy. Durability is a concern.

Carl Davis: The third-round pick has been the Ravens' best rookie in training camp and preseason.

Lawrence Guy: He's an underrated free-agent pickup from San Diego who immediately fit into Baltimore's lunch-pail mentality up front.

Christo Bilukidi: A waiver claim from the Bengals last season, Bilukidi put together a solid preseason as a backup on a thin defensive line.

Kapron Lewis-Moore: It's been a tough journey to get to the 53-man roster for Lewis-Moore, who has never played a down in a meaningful game because of injuries in his first two years with the Ravens.

Brent Urban: He's expected to land on the Injured Reserve-Designated to Return list (surgery on biceps), which will open up another roster spot and means he'll miss the first eight weeks of the regular season.


C.J. Mosley: The first Ravens rookie to reach a Pro Bowl, Mosley was the only NFL player last season with at least 125 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.

Daryl Smith: He is one of two NFL players (Lavonte David is the other) to have at least 250 tackles and six sacks, as well as to record multiple forced fumbles and interceptions over the last two seasons.

Zachary Orr: He made last year's team as an undrafted rookie because of his play on special teams, but he made significant strides on defense this preseason.

Albert McClellan: He's the Ravens most valuable player on coverage teams, leading the Ravens in special-teams tackles the last two seasons.

Arthur Brown: The disappointing second-round pick has been a liability on special teams, but he showed upside as an inside linebacker this preseason.


Terrell Suggs: The outspoken leader has worked himself into better shape this summer after recording the most tackles (301) and sacks (49) on the team since 2010.

Elvis Dumervil: He has collected 10 sacks in four seasons (2007, 2009, 2012 and 2014), and he's looking for double-digit sacks in back-to-back seasons for the first time.

Courtney Upshaw: The soon-to-be free agent is expected to get more pass-rushing chances even though he hasn't recorded a full sack in his last 27 regular-season games.

Za'Darius Smith: The rookie fourth-round pick has been constantly compared to Pernell McPhee, and it'll be interesting to see if he can come close to McPhee's six sacks as a first-year player.


Jimmy Smith: Rewarded with a four-year, $47 million extension, Smith looks to extend his streak of not allowing a touchdown, which currently stands at 11 games.

Lardarius Webb: Injuries continue to derail a once-promising career for Webb, who expects quarterbacks to target him frequently this year.

Kyle Arrington: The durable and experienced nickelback could be Baltimore's best No. 3 corner in the John Harbaugh era.

Rashaan Melvin: Described as a "pit bull" by Harbaugh, Melvin could press Webb for a starting job if he can stay healthy as well.

Tray Walker: This could be a redshirt year for Walker, who faced a steep learning curve this preseason.


Kendrick Lewis: The Ravens' best centerfielder since Ed Reed has been praised for his leadership and his coverage skills, which limit deep downfield passes.

Will Hill: His big hits made quite an impression on the Ravens, who gave him a new two-year, $7 million deal after less than one full season with Baltimore.

Terrence Brooks: He struggled to pick up the defense as a rookie last season, but he's been ahead of the game in recovering from tearing multiple ligaments in his knee.

Anthony Levine: He has shifted from safety to cornerback to safety again, but his value is on special teams.

Brynden Trawick: He has a physical presence on special teams, and he dropped down into the box frequently like an extra linebacker in the preseason.


Justin Tucker: The most accurate kicker in NFL history, Tucker will be an unrestricted free agent in March unless the Ravens put the franchise tag on him.

Sam Koch: He was the only punter in the NFL to rank in the top three in both gross and net punting average last season, which led to a five-year, $16.25 million deal this offseason.

Morgan Cox: He showed no ill effects this summer in recovering from his second ACL surgery in five seasons.