WHO’S IN CAMP:
Cornerbacks- Dominique Foxworth (IR), Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb (PUP), Chris Carr, Travis Fisher, KJ Gerard, Chris Hawkins, Doug Dutch, Cary Williams, Prince Miller, Brad Jones, Marcus Paschal; Safeties- Ed Reed (PUP), Dawan Landry, Tom Zbikowski, Haruki Nakamura, Ken Hamelin
WHO’S ON THE BUBBLE:
-Travis Fisher, KJ Gerard, Chris Hawkins, Prince Miller, Marcus Paschal
OPENING DAY ROSTER PREDICTION:
Cornerbacks- Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb, Chris Carr, Travis Fisher, Cary Williams, Prince Miller
Safeties- Ed Reed (PUP), Dawan Landry, Tom Zbikowski, Haruki Nakamura, Ken Hamelin
The injury woes of this group have been widely noted and advertised. There’s little question that throughout the season, the cornerbacks will be the most scrutinized unit onthe team.
Look for undrafted rookie Prince Miller to have an outside shot at being on the roster come opening night in New York.
Miller has been solid throughout camp, and he has the ability to contribute on special teams—something that the Ravens’ coaching staff has placed at the top of the list of importance for rookies.
Meanwhile, players like Doug Dutch, Marcus Paschal, Brad Jones, and Chris Hawkins do not have much of a shot at the 53-man roster. KJ Gerard, who spent some time on the Ravens’ practice squad, is still in the running.
Keep in mind that this speculation is subject to change, as many media experts are predicting that the Ravens will make a trade for a veteran cornerback in the new week or two. Some have suggested that Willis McGahee or Mark Clayton could be on the trade block. But it’s tough to imagine that the Ravens will cash in any real chips this close to the season.
The safety position, unlike the corners, is in pretty good shape—all things considered. Ed Reed is progressing well from his off-season hip procedure; there is an outside shot that he’ll play in the opener—again this is pure speculation.
If Reed is not ready for the start of the season, Tom Zbikowski and Dawan Landry are a more-than-competent tandem.
The wildcard in this group will be Cary Williams. Coming over from the Tennessee Titans, Williams faces a two-game suspension to start the season. This alone will open the door for Prince Miller or another camp-body to emerge over the next two weeks in order to stick around for at least a few weeks longer.
When Williams comes off of his suspension, he could wind up seeing the field quite a bit because of the injury issues that the Ravens are facing. It’s reasonable to assume that at some point, he’ll play an integral role in the secondary’s success—or failure.
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