5 Baltimore Ravens Veterans Who Won’t make the 53-Man Roster
5 Baltimore Ravens Veterans Who Won't make the 53-Man Roster
The 2013 NFL season will soon be upon us and each team is only allowed to bring in a select few to compete. The Baltimore Ravens are evaluating 90 players to see who is worthy enough to obtain a roster spot. 53 men will walk out of training camp and into week one of the season and the other 37 men will have to move on to another chapter of their lives.
Most veterans walk into training camp with a bit of swagger assuming that their spot on the 53 is all but carved in stone. There are even rookies who believe just because they were drafted that they too have a right to automatically be on the roster; in Baltimore, that may be the case with them. However, no veteran is safe when competing for a roster spot in Baltimore. Veterans might as well consider training camp a tryout. John Harbaugh expects all future Ravens to have a “blue-collar” mentality and work for their spot.
Nothing is given in Charm City, even to those who were on the Super Bowl Champion Ravens roster. Today, I will give you a list of five players who will make the mistake of thinking their job is guaranteed; this list will not consist of no-name players like WR Rashaad Carter, a long-shot to make the roster. The list will contain well-known veterans who might be good enough to make another team’s roster but due to them being outworked in training camp, will be visited by the “turk” before week one.
No. 5 Chris Johnson is Just Too Old
No. 5 Chris Johnson – No, not CJ2K, Chris Johnson from the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams. He even managed to play four games last year for the Ravens when they had depth concerns at Cornerback. This year, unfortunately, his age plays as a factor. Too many young “spring chickens” on the roster to hold a spot for Johnson.
No. 4 Thompson has Done Nothing to Secure a Spot
No. 4 Christian Thompson – Thompson is lucky to have made training camp without being cut. His four-game suspension for violation of the PED policy put emphasis on reasons as to why he won’t be in Baltimore for another season; his ineffectiveness on special teams does not help his case either. Do not look for Thompson on the final Ravens’ depth chart.
No. 3 Streeter Has Too High a Hill to Climb
No. 3 Tommy Streeter – This blazing fast former Florida product is just being outworked by other receivers. Streeter has questionable hands and has too far to work in too little time to push for a roster spot. Look for Tommy Streeter to hit the streets after preseason Game 3.
No. 2 Baltimore has No Intent to Carry Three QBs
No. 2 Caleb Hanie – Of course Joe Flacco is safe but the man behind him in this pic is far from it. Hanie was already a long shot to make the team. Tyrod Taylor’s electric Thursday night performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was enough to seal Hanie’s fate.
No. 1 Cody Gets Outworked Again
No. 1 Terrence Cody – Cody has had weight issues since his draft day debut and has managed to disappear play-wise in the last three years. Last year, he was beat out by Ma’ake Keomeatu and rode the bench for a majority of the season. This year Brandon Williams will push him completely off the roster. Look for the “turk” to be dropping by this former Alabama player’s locker.