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Baltimore Ravens' projected roster

Examining the Baltimore Ravens' roster:

Quarterbacks (2)

The Ravens are set with Flacco as the starter and Taylor as the backup. While rookie sixth-round pick Keith Wenning has improved, the need to get another special teams player on the roster may outweigh keeping a third quarterback again. Unless Wenning has a good preseason, the Ravens may attempt to store him on the practice squad.

Running backs (4)

Rice, Pierce and Juszczyk are locks to make the team. Taliaferro is a near certainty as well, based on the fact that he's a fourth-round pick. Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the season, which allows the Ravens to carry Forsett.

Receivers (5)

Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Brown and Jones are going to make the roster. For the past couple of weeks, it looked like Jeremy Butler was going to get that fifth spot. But journeyman Kamar Aiken has been extremely impressive, catching everything thrown his way. He has the edge at this point. Slot receiver Michael Campanaro, a seventh-round pick, has shown flashes but can't stay healthy. Putting him on injured reserve at the end of the preseason is a possibility.

Tight ends (3)

No major decisions at this position. The Ravens' top three tight ends are guaranteed to make the team, barring injury. Pitta, though, is clearly the No. 1 tight end. Daniels hasn't been sharp in training camp.

Offensive linemen (10)

Monroe, Osemele, Zuttah and Yanda are the guaranteed starters, and Wagner has been solid as the new starting right tackle. The interior of the second-team line -- Gradkowski at center and Shipley and Jensen at both guard spots -- appears safe. Reid makes the team as the top backup at tackle. John Urschel gets one of the final roster spots because he's a fifth-round pick, but he'll essentially be redshirted. James Hurst, an undrafted rookie tackle, looks to be headed to the practice squad.

Defensive linemen (6)

Ngata, Canty and Williams have been the starters to begin training camp. Jernigan, Tyson and Lewis-Moore form a quality second line. The biggest disappointment is losing defensive end Brent Urban, a fourth-round pick, to a season-ending knee injury. This would leave out Terrence Cody, a second-round pick in 2010 who is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

LINEBACKERS (10)

There won't be much change here because the Ravens return every linebacker from last season's team. The only addition is Mosley, the No. 17 overall pick in this year's draft. By not keeping a third quarterback, the Ravens create room to keep a strong special teams player like McClellan.

Cornerbacks (5)

After the starting duo of Smith and Webb, there is a major dropoff. The Ravens took a hit when veteran Aaron Ross tore his Achilles while taking the conditioning test for camp. Chykie Brown, who has struggled, and Asa Jackson battling are battling for the No. 3 spot. There's a good chance that the Ravens will sign a veteran who is released at the end of the preseason. For now, the last spot will go to an undrafted rookie. Jacobs, who has been catching the eye of the coaching staff, beats out Deji Olatoye.

Safeties (5)

Elam and Stewart remain the starters. Miles and Levine are core special teams players. Brooks, a rookie third-round pick, has been a mild disappointment because many expected him to compete for a starting job. The Ravens can keep Hill on the suspended list. He has had a good camp but he isn't eligible to play in the regular season until the middle of October.

Specialists (3)

  • Justin Tucker (K)

  • Sam Koch (P)

  • Morgan Cox (LS)

There is no drama on special teams. Tucker, Koch and Cox team up for the third straight season.