Trace McSorley, Ben Powers Among Ravens' Five Rookie Scratches


The Ravens scratched five rookies for Sunday's season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Baltimore's inactives are as follows:

  • QB Trace McSorley
  • WR Jaleel Scott
  • OLB Jaylon Ferguson
  • ILB Otaro Alaka
  • OT Greg Senat
  • OG Ben Powers
  • DT Daylon Mack

The headliners on the list are McSorley and Powers. Head Coach John Harbaugh indicated Friday that the team was still deciding whether to carry three quarterbacks on the gameday roster, but McSorley didn't make the cut in Week 1.

Robert Griffin III, who didn't see any preseason game action after fracturing a bone in his throwing hand early in training camp, will be Lamar Jackson's sole backup. The game also has special meaning to Griffin after he and his wife welcomed a baby girl Saturday in Baltimore. He took a late flight that night to meet the team in Miami.

Powers is interesting because it eliminates one of the possibilities for the starter at left guard. The fourth-round rookie saw time with the first team and was part of that competition.

Second-year blocker Bradley Bozeman and undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari are the only two other players listed at left guard on the team's depth chart. Veteran James Hurst is listed as a backup at right tackle and right guard. The Ravens will have two backup linemen active.

It remains to be seen who will start at wide receiver, but veteran Seth Roberts beat out Scott for a gameday spot. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that rookie Marquise "Hollywood" Brown is expected to start after being listed as questionable to play (foot).

Without Mack, Baltimore has four defensive linemen active: Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Chris Wormley and Patrick Ricard. It will be something to watch in Miami's heat.

The Ravens activated all of their defensive backs, perhaps expecting a lot of throwing by Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

With Ferguson scratched, the Ravens will have Pernell McPhee, Tim Williams, Matthew Judon and Tyus Bowser as their outside linebackers. Baltimore will have three inside linebackers with Patrick Onwuasor, Chris Board and Kenny Young. Anthony Levine Sr. can play there if needed.

The Dolphins' inactives are cornerback Ken Webster, running back Myles Gaskin, running back Patrick Laird, guard Shaq Calhoun, center/guard Chris Reed, tackle Isaiah Prince and linebacker Trent Harris.

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