Five Ravens vets facing challenge to make roster

Five Ravens vets facing challenge to make roster
June 24, 2014, 8:00 am

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson (83) during OTA drills at the team practice facility.

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The Ravens will have some tough roster decisions to make when training camp begins next month. Here are five veterans that could find themselves on the wrong side of the cut line.

- Terrence Cody, NT

Recovering from hip surgery, Cody will have to make a strong impression to stay on the roster. The Ravens have plenty of options at tackle, no matter how their defensive line is configured. The Ravens drafted tackle Timmy Jernigan in the second round, and he has been impressive during OTA’s and minicamp. Brandon Williams could also make a jump in his second season.

- Jah Reid, OT

Rick Wagner looks like he has the inside track to start at right tackle, and Ryan Jensen is getting reps there as well. The Ravens have plenty of depth at guard, so Reid looks like he’s on the outside looking in

- A. Q. Shipley, C-G

The Ravens traded for Jeremy Zuttah to be their starting center. Gino Gradkowski beat out Shipley for the starting job last year, so Gradkowski is a capable backup center. Now that guard Kelechi Osemele is healthy again, there may not be a role for Shipley,

- Tyrod Taylor, QB

He is still No. 2 on the depth chart, but he’s in the last year of his contract. The Ravens spent a sixth-round pick on quarterback Keith Wenning, so Taylor needs an impressive camp and preseason that will make the Ravens nervous about cutting him.

- Deonte Thompson, WR

The Ravens’ depth chart at wide receiver is crowded, led by the addition of Steve Smith. We know Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Marlon Brown, and Jacoby Jones will have roles. It may come down to weather Thompson can prove his value on special teams.

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