When training camp and preseason comes around, there’s a concept called the “bubble”. The “bubble” is for players that are on the edge of either just making the Baltimore Ravens roster or just missing the cut.
Just a week ago, I projected what the Ravens’ 53-man roster could look like come the start of the regular season. Based upon that (putting the Ray Rice suspension into account), we can project which players on the “bubble” will slightly make the roster and which of the players will just miss it.
First Four Out
Deonte Thompson, WR
Although Thompson hasn’t been the most productive player with the Ravens, he is a very familiar name to Ravens fans. He has been on the team for three years and has seen playing time in each season. However, he never blossomed into the receiver or the kick return man that they envisioned him to be. In my opinion, this will lead to his departure and he will not be included in the 53-man roster. Also note that the Ravens drafted wide receiver Micheal Campanaro and picked up undrafted free agent Jeremy Butler.
Phillip Supernaw, TE
Supernaw won’t miss the roster due to a lack of displayed talent on the practice field. In fact, he impressed the Ravens very much this past offseason. Rather, he will miss the roster due to the fact that there just simply isn’t enough room. The Ravens recently acquired Owen Daniels who will immediately be inserted into the second slot. The team also drafted Crockett Gilmore in the third round of the 2014 draft, and you don’t draft a player in the third round only to kick him off the team three months later. You can not have four tight ends on a roster which means that although Supernaw has impressed the Ravens throughout, he will likely not be a part of the 2014 Ravens.
A.Q. Shipley, C
Shipley played dreadfully last year when he got the chance, perhaps even worse than Gino Gradkowski. Although both Centers performed very unimpressively last season, I think that Shipley will be the one that misses the cut.
Jeromy Miles, FS
After going undrafted in the 2010 draft, Miles signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was released in September of 2013 and was claimed off waivers by the Ravens just a couple of days later. He actually did participate with the team last year, but mostly on special teams. He ended the season with ten tackles. After signing a one-year deal with the Ravens, he has made the case to perhaps make the roster once again. However, I think that Anthony Levine, who has a very similar role to Miles, will grab his spot instead and Miles will find a home on the practice squad unless needed on the active roster.