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Late For Work 8/2: Breaking Down Ravens' First Official Depth Chart

Posted Aug 2, 2013

McKinnie attributes weight gain to lifting. Ozzie’s second act. 5 reasons to be confident, concerned.


Breaking Down First Official Depth Chart

The Ravens released their first official depth chart yesterday, which has been analyzed by many on the web, but it’s important to note a few disclaimers before we dive in.

First, as many have mentioned, including The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec, the chart is not set in stone because many position battles are still going strong and spots are still very much up for grabs.

Second, packages greatly affect who is on the field at any given time so the “starters” at some positions have to be taken with a grain of salt. For example, the defensive depth chart reflects the Ravens 3-4 defense, but the Ravens also play a 4-3. At times Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw and Elvis Dumervil will be on the field at the same time, but only two starters will be listed. The same goes for the cornerback position.

Third, as Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said yesterday, the Ravens expect players to know multiple positions to give the team flexibility, creativity and versatility. The Ravens are still in an experimental phase.

Again, first depth chart doesn't mean much,” Zrebiec tweeted.

That said, the early depth chart can be used as a guide heading into the preseason and may indicate who has an edge in some position battles. With that, let’s take a look, and then pull out some interesting tidbits.

OFFENSE

WR

Torrey Smith

 

Deonte Thompson

David Reed

Tommy Streeter

 

 

 

 

Aaron Mellette

Gerrard Sheppard

WR

Jacoby Jones

 

Tandon Doss

LaQuan Williams

Marcus Rivers

 

 

 

 

Marlon Brown

Rashaad Carter

LT

Bryant McKinnie

 

Rick Wagner

Rogers Gaines

 

LG

Kelechi Osemele

 

Ramon Harewood

Jack Cornell

 

C

Gino Gradkowski

 

A.Q. Shipley

Reggie Stephens

Ryan Jensen

RG

Marshal Yanda

 

Jah Reid

Antoine McClain

Jordan Devey

RT

Michael Oher

 

J.J. 'Unga

David Mims

 

TE

Ed Dickson

 

Billy Bajema

Visanthe Shiancoe

Alex Silvestro

 

 

 

 

Matt Furstenburg

Dennis Pitta

QB

Joe Flacco

 

Tyrod Taylor

Caleb Hanie

 

FB

Vonta Leach

 

Kyle Juszczyk

 

 

RB

Ray Rice

 

Bernard Pierce

Anthony Allen

Damien Berry

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Rainey

DEFENSE

DT

Arthur Jones

 

Brandon Williams

Cody Larsen

 

NT

Haloti Ngata

 

Terrence Cody

 

 

DE

Chris Canty

 

Marcus Spears

DeAngelo Tyson

Will Pericak

 

 

 

 

 

Kapron Lewis-Moore

Rush

Terrell Suggs

 

Pernell McPhee

Adrian Hamilton

Meshak Williams

Will

Jameel McClain

 

Josh Bynes

Arthur Brown

 

Mike

Daryl Smith

 

Albert McClellan

Nigel Carr

Bryan Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon Copeland

Sam

Courtney Upshaw

OR

Elvis Dumervil

John Simon

D.J. Bryant

LCB

Lardarius Webb

 

Jimmy Smith

Chris Johnson

Marc Anthony

SS

James Ihedigbo

 

Matt Elam

Christian Thompson

Anthony Levine

FS

Michael Huff

 

Omar Brown

Brynden Trawick

Gary Walker

RCB

Corey Graham

 

Chykie Brown

Asa Jackson

Moe Lee

SPECIAL TEAMS

P

Sam Koch

 

 

 

K

Justin Tucker

 

 

 

H

Sam Koch

 

 

 

LS

Morgan Cox

 

 

 

KOR

Jacoby Jones

 

David Reed

Deonte Thompson

PR

Jacoby Jones

 

Tandon Doss

Bobby Rainey

 

  • Thompson behind T. Smith; Tandon Doss behind Jones: “The receiver depth chart, in particular, should be written in pencil. Jones has had his moments in camp, but will be pushed for playing time,” wrote The Sun’s Aaron Wilson. “Unless someone separates himself from the pack during the preseason games, this is shaping up as a committee approach.” 
  • Gradkowski ahead of Shipley: “This is one of the Ravens' better competitions, but Gradkowski, as expected, has the initial edge,” Wilson wrote.
  • Ngata listed at nose tackle: “[M]oderately interesting but not entirely surprising,” wrote Zrebiec. Agreed, especially because Ngata has been practicing there most of training camp.
  • Elam behind Ihedigbo; A. Brown behind McClain and Bynes: As has been noted before, the Ravens are going to make their top draft picks earn starting jobs. McClain, who hasn’t yet been cleared for football activity, is still listed as a starter. “Another nod to a veteran who's a returning starter,” wrote Wilson.
  • D. Smith is the starting middle, “Mike,” linebacker: “That's no shocker considering the former Jacksonville Jaguars starter's experience level and how he's performed,” wrote Wilson.
  • Upshaw – OR – Dumervil at strong side, “Sam,” linebacker: “Dumervil routinely runs with the first defense after signing a $35 million maximum value deal this offseason, and Upshaw rotates into the base defense,” says Wilson.
  • Webb and Graham over J. Smith: All three will often be on the field together considering this is a passing league and teams play three wide receiver sets frequently. That said this is “the pecking order,” per Wilson.

McKinnie Attributes Weight Gain To Lifting

Since being held out of the first day of practice for reporting to training camp overweight, left tackle Bryant McKinnie seems to already be turning things around after a week of action.

Head Coach John Harbaugh has been pleased with his progress, and McKinnie has spent a majority of practice reps with the first team.

McKinnie and Harbaugh both said he reported to camp in shape, but just with too much weight. McKinnie attributed the extra poundage to lifting weights.

"I'm back in the swing of things," McKinnie said Thursday, per CBSSports.com’s Jason Butt. "I was a little over the weight I was assigned. It wasn't the conditioning, I was just overweight from the assigned weight. We wanted to spend that first day doing cardio to get that down. I'm 10 pounds over my weight. My assigned weight is 346.

"Lifting kind of bulks me up and makes me heavy. I haven't been lifting this camp, just doing cardio. My strength was never an issue. I did lifting because that's what we were supposed to do. I stopped lifting to get down to weight and focusing mainly on cardio."

Ozzie Newsome’s Second Act

Ozzie Newsome has already entered the Hall of Fame as a tight end, but his success in the NFL didn’t end as a player.

He followed it up with a “second act” on the personnel side of football. And now his first pick ever as a general manager will be inducted in the Hall of Fame Saturday. With Jonathan Ogden’s induction, NFL Network takes a look at Newsome’s success as the man in charge.

Lots Of Three Wide Receiver Sets

Whether it’s because the Ravens have lost tight end Dennis Pitta or it’s been a part of the plan, The Sun’s Matt Vensel has noticed the Ravens have spent “a lot of time” in their three wide receiver set with one tight end and one tailback the last couple of practices.

It was their most frequently used personnel grouping in 2012, and Flacco appeared most comfortable last season when the Ravens went three-wide and no-huddle,” Vensel wrote. “And versatile athletes such as Dickson and running back Ray Rice give the Ravens formational flexibility in that grouping.”

Five Reasons To Be Confident And Concerned

Pro Football Focus’ Gordon McGuinness gives five reasons Ravens fans should be confident as their team embarks on defending the Super Bowl championship. But there are also five reasons he gives to be concerned.

Why be confident:

  1. Jim Caldwell turning things around for Joe Flacco: Flacco had a PFF grade of 3.2 under Cam Cameron, and a 13.2 under Caldwell.
  2. A dominant interior offensive line? McGuinness specifically points to Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda.
  3. Replacements for the old guard: “[O]n paper, the Ravens are a better team defensively” without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
  4. Two-headed monster at running back.
  5. The return of Lardarius Webb.

Why be concerned:

  1. Tough AFC North.
  2. Trouble in the slot: McGuinness says the pressure is on someone like Doss to step.
  3. Can Jimmy Smith step up?
  4. Can the offensive tackles be trusted?
  5. Is this the real Joe Flacco?

Quick Hits

  • @torreysmithwr: Our practices are tough..we work..we get better...and we have fun...love this team [Twitter]
  • @ravens: #Ravens Special Teams Jerry Rosburg on Pro Bowl eliminating kickoffs: "Why even play it? Just have a banquet." Ha! [Twitter]
  • @ravenscommunity: Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti welcomes the MD National Guard today at training camp. @MDNG #Ravens [Twitter]
  • @mzenitz: Omar Brown (Baby Ed Reed, as some teammates call [him]) had two INTs today. After one, Terrell Suggs screamed out twice, "He's the greatest" [Twitter]
  • @jeffzrebiecsun: Dennis Pitta, on crutches, also returned to building, watching some of the practice inside. [Twitter]
  • @ravenssalarycap: Visanthe Shiancoe's contract is a straight 1-year, $940K deal. No bonus $$. Under Miminum salary benefit rule will count $555K against Cap [Twitter]
  •  “Guard Kelechi Osemele and defensive tackle Arthur Jones, two of the most impressive players during training camp, went one-on-one in a blocking drill Thursday,” Vensel wrote. “Osemele, who still appears to be a little limited by the hamstring he tweaked earlier in camp, pancaked Jones on one rep, latching onto him and wrestling Jones onto his back." [The Baltimore Sun]
  • Is Michael Oher a Pro Bowl-caliber tackle? “While it's debatable whether Oher can become a Pro Bowl tackle, I believe everyone can agree that right tackle is his best spot. It was proved last season,” wrote Jamison Hensley. “If Oher truly wants to elevate his game to a Pro Bowl level, he has to play more disciplined. In his four seasons, Oher has committed 45 penalties, including 21 false starts.” [ESPN]

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