Predicting The Ravens First Round Of Roster CutsPosted on August 12, 2014 by Rob Michels
With the Ravens heading into week two of the preseason, roster cuts are looming. The first round of cuts is on August 26, when all teams need to be down to 75 players. Right now the Ravens have a full roster of 90 players. These next two weeks will be very important for players on the roster bubble.
Injuries across the defensive line (Kapron Lewis-Moore, Brent Urban) and secondary (Asa Jackson, Aaron Ross) have opened up some roster spots.
Here are my predictions for the players not getting past first cuts:
First Wave (No chance of surviving first cut):
Mark Willie, WR
Signed as a camp body in the offseason, Willie simply hasn’t done enough in camp or in the first preseason game to make the first cut.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB
Undrafted out of Michigan, Toussaint has a slim chance of making the roster. He has talent but the depth at running back makes it hard for him to really get a shot.
Zachary Orr, LB and DJ Roberts, LB
Orr is currently last on the depth chart in a crowded middle linebacker group. He made two special teams tackles and actually looked good in week one. However, the undrafted free agent from North Texas has a real slim chance.
The Tennessee-Martin product Roberts has a similar fate as Orr. The Ravens linebacking core is deep and both players will be finding that out the hard way.
Mario Norman, CB
Even with the struggles in the secondary there is really no chance Norman makes the cut. He’s the definition of a camp body.
Second Wave (Slim to none):
Levi Brown, DT
Browns saw only three snaps in the preseason opener, and he doesn’t bring much to the roster. The Temple grad still has a couple weeks to prove his worth in an injury riddled front.
Brett Van Sloten, OT and Parker Graham, OT
Offensive tackle is a spot the Ravens need depth but Van Sloten and Parker aren’t the answers. Both played only five snaps and appear out of the loop on the offensive line.
Phillip Supernaw, TE
Supernaw has a fantastic name but that doesn’t get you on an NFL roster. He played well in the first preseason game but it will come down to him or Nathan Overbay and my moneys on Overbay.
Jace Davis, WR
With Kamar Aikens and Jeremy Butler outperforming him during camp his chance are slim in an already deep wide out core. Davis has talent and could find his way on a practice squad in the future.
Third Wave (Your saying there’s a chance…)
Shaun Chapas, RB
Chapas has NFL experience but is unlikely to make the team. With Kyle Juszczyk playing well the fullback position appears to be locked in.
AJ Pataialii, DT
Pataialii played only six snaps and looked over matched in his first NFL game. Injuries up front are the only reason why he might have a shot at making it past the first cuts.
Reggie Stephens, C
Most NFL teams don’t carry three centers so Stephens’s chances were slim. The only reason I think he has some room to breathe is Gino Gradkowski is ahead of him. In the end, he will be cut.
Jeremy Butler, WR
This spot is between LaQuan Williams and Butler, with Williams being a proven commodity on special teams Butler is a step behind. The emerging play of Aikens has also been a reason the talented Butler is on the bubble.
Omar Brown, S
One of the MVPs of the offseason Brown (pictured above) appears to be on the outside looking in at safety. He played only ten snaps last Thursday and is in a deep safety core. He still has a chance to prove his worth but after week one of the preseason he appears to be strongly on the bubble.
Making it by the skin of their teeth….
Derrick Hopkins, DT
Austin Spliter, LB
Anthony Levine, S
Nicholas DiMarco, LB
Jaime Meder, DT
LaQuan Williams, WR
Jah Reid, OT
Cierre Wood, RB
Nathan Overbay, TE
With fifteen days left before rosters are cut from 90 to 75, there’s plenty of opportunity for the players on the bubble to shin. This is the time of year that players on the bubble find out if they are talented enough to play in the NFL.