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The Opposition’s Depth Chart: Baltimore Ravens

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This week, the Baltimore Ravens travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins. Lets check out the opposition’s depth chart.

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The Miami Dolphins face a difficult task this week, facing up to Joe Flacco’s Baltimore Ravens. However, Baltimore are no longer the force they once were. The Dolphins have every chance to take a win against this team.

So without further ado, lets check out the Ravens’ Depth Chart.

Offense

One of the biggest pieces of news that no one is talking about on the offensive side of the ball for the Ravens is the injury to wide receiver Torrey Smith. He failed to play in the team’s last series in the game against the Chargers, and received medical attention on the sideline for his knee. So far, the team hasn’t provided an update on the injury. It had been a disappointing season until the Chargers game for Torrey Smith (Torrey was one of the best players of the field after San Diego’s Brandon Flowers shut down Steve Smith for the game), as quarterback Joe Flacco has rarely targeted him, preferring the big-play threat of Steve Smith. Wide receiver Marlon Moore also left the field, suffering a concussion in the first half.

Baltimore running back Justin Forsett must be one of the bargains of the summer.  When they team signed him in April, he was fourth on the depth chart.  Now he’s gone for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, with 1,009 yards to date.  While he isn’t the biggest of running backs and doesn’t have great speed, he’s very clever and can shoot through the gap at the right time to make the run.

Position First String Second String Third String
LWR Torrey Smith Marlon Brown Michael Campanaro
RWR Steve Smith, Sr. Kamar Aiken Jacoby Jones
LT Eugene Monroe James Hurst
LG Kelechi Osemele John Urschel
C Jeremy Zuttah Gino Gradkowski
RG Marshal Yanda John Urschel
RT Rick Wagner Jah Reid
TE Owen Daniels Crockett Gillmore
QB Joe Flacco Tyrod Taylor
FB Kyle Juszczyk
RB Justin Forsett Bernard Pierce Lorenzo Taliaferro

Defense

To suggest the season-ending injury to cornerback Jimmy Smith is a loss is an understatement.  He’s not only the team’s best cornerback, but a top 5 corner in the NFL.  Lardarius Webb has also struggled with injury this season, while rookie safety Matt Elam can’t hold his own against the very best quarterbacks.  Phillip Rivers joined Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger as quarterbacks who have produced Madden statistics against the Ravens. Our very own Ryan Tannehill must do the same.  Of course, the Ravens will look to compensate this with their fearsome pass rush, consisting of Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Pernell McPhee.  All three have combined to produce 23.5 sacks so far this season.

Position First String Second String Third String
DT Haloti Ngata Timmy Jernigan
NT Brandon Williams Terrence Cody
DE Chris Canty Lawrence Guy DeAngelo Tyson
OLB Terrell Suggs Pernell McPhee
ILB C.J. Mosley Arthur Brown
ILB Daryl Smith Albert McClellan Zachary Orr
Sam Courtney Upshaw -OR- Elvis Dumervil
LCB Lardarius Webb Danny Gorrer
SS Will Hill -OR-  Matt Elam Brynden Trawick
FS Darian Stewart Terrence Brooks Jeromy Miles
RCB Anthony Levine Tramain Jacobs Rashaan Melvin

Special Teams

Punter Sam Koch has had a decent season, averaging 46.7 yards from 38 punts. 21 of those punts have been within the 20, while he’s had a long of 73. Kicker Justin Tucker is also quietly having a good season. He made four field goals last Sunday, the longest from 33 yards. His three misses this year are 55-, 57- and 64- yard field goal attempts. Jacoby Jones and Michael Campanaro are the two main kick and punt returners. Jones scored a crazy-good touchdown a few weeks ago, returning the ball 108 yards from a kickoff.

Position First String Second String Third String
P Sam Koch
K Justin Tucker
H Sam Koch
LS Kevin McDermott
KOR Jacoby Jones Michael Campanaro Lardarius Webb
PR Jacoby Jones Michael Campanaro Lardarius Webb

Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @AlexParish89.