Baltimore's final preseason game against St. Louis, a 31-17 loss, was one final chance for some of the younger Ravens players to make a case as to why they should be kept for the 53-man roster this year.
Though most of the roster was likely determined coming into this game, there were some guys that could've been considered on the fringe, vying for a last spot. Here's what some of those players did, and whether they did enough or not.
WR Deonte Thompson: Thompson was likely safe entering Thursday night's contest, but he left nothing to chance. Thompson led Baltimore in receiving with six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came on a tough catch made with his back draped in coverage. Baltimore's kept six receivers the last two years, and there's no reason to think they won't go that route again. VERDICT: In.
LB Nigel Carr: Carr played just about the entire game and had some ups and downs. He finished with three tackles, two of which went for loss. But his coverage was suspect, including when he let Rams receiver Austin Pettis run right in front of him on a drag route, failing to pick him up. Pettis took a reception shortly after the gaffe for a touchdown. Carr's had a good camp but his bid for a roster spot likely falls short. VERDICT: Out.
S Omar Brown: Brown didn't produce any turnovers Thursday night but he did lead the team with six tackles while playing just about the entire game. Brown's first two games saw him around the ball, picking up three fumble recoveries, an interception and an onside kick recovery. Brown's inclusion will depend on Sean Considine's health status with back-to-back concussions, and if Baltimore can find a veteran safety on its radar. VERDICT: Out.
OLB Sergio Kindle: Kindle had a chance to prove progress was being made Thursday with extended time. But Kindle failed to record a tackle and had an awful late hit penalty called on him, one that was costly on third down. But still, would the Ravens release someone it's invested salary in, as well as time with rehab, and developing a special helmet for? VERDICT: In.
OLB Chavis Williams: Williams recorded two tackles and is a valuable special teams asset. Williams has likely played his way onto the roster, a place he was on briefly before ending the 2011 season on IR. Depth concerns make it likely for Kindle and Williams to both be a part of the linebacking corps. VERDICT: In.
Ravens preseason ends, did they do enough?
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