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Three questions that will help determine today’s roster moves
With all 32 teams set to whittle their rosters down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET today, The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec looked at the questions that will help determine the Ravens’ roster activity. Here is an overview of three of them:
Will General Manager Eric DeCosta wheel and deal?
“He’ll definitely try. The Ravens aren’t in line for any compensatory picks this year, so getting a draft pick or two will surely be a goal. This time last year, the Ravens made three trades and picked up the draft pick in all of them, dropping offensive linemen Greg Mancz and Ben Bredeson and rookie cornerback Shaun Wade. The Ravens have more NFL-caliber offensive linemen than they can afford to keep, and they also have some depth in the defensive backfield. These are usually two of the most targeted areas for teams looking to make upgrades ahead of Week 1. DeCosta would feel much better about giving up a solid backup, which may have no place in Baltimore, if it meant getting a draft pick in return, center n No. 3 on the team, could have some value elsewhere.The Ravens could also look to deal with their left guard glut if there’s interest in Ben Powers, Tire Phillips or Ben Cleveland.
With all the talk of roster subtractions, could the Ravens make a few additions?
“They could and they should. The Ravens have a talented roster, but they’re dangerously thin in a few places and have a few other areas where they could clearly improve. It’s hard to imagine DeCosta and [Head Coach John] Harbaugh would be especially comfortable going into the regular season with Steven Means and Daelin Hayes as the two top outside linebacker reserves for Odafe Oweh and Justin Houston. Almost as much of a concern is the depth of the team’s inside linebacker. There is definitely room to improve the wide receiver body, and another area of focus is the running back. With JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards sidelined this preseason, the Ravens haven’t gotten much production from their running backs at all. The Ravens need a dynamic back for the offense to peak and it’s just not clear if Dobbins will be that guy in his first year back from a serious knee injury. The Ravens have traditionally not been very active on the waiver wire after cut day, but this is a year that could change. Whether it’s via a waiver request, a trade, or a street free agent signing, DeCosta should consider bringing in outside help in a few places.”