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Ravens players on the bubble as Week 3 of preseason begins

Thompson may be the odd man out in a crowded receiver corps
Thompson may be the odd man out in a crowded receiver corps
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The Ravens have had one of their better camps in recent memory. With the acquisition of Gary Kubiak as the new offensive coordinator, it was believed that the transition may be a little slow. But the progress has been anything but slow so far this preseason as this team continues to make strides towards week 1 against the Bengals. With first cuts merely a few days away, here’s a look at some players who are on the bubble.

Justin Forsett, RB (chances of being cut: 30%)

Justin Forsett was one of the more impressive running backs in training camp at the early goings of the season. His burst of speed was a joy to watch and a nice change of pace from the bruisers Baltimore has in Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce. But when Forsett puts on his pads during preseason games, he’s a very different player. The speed is still there, but he hasn’t shown the ability to break tackles or gain positive yardage after contact. With a crowded backfield, it would appear that Forsett would be the odd man out. But with Ray Rice’s suspension looming, Forsett may find himself on the active roster. At least for a couple of weeks.

Domonique Franks, CB (chances of being cut: 20%)

Many fans remember Franks as the corner that was beat pretty handedly by Dez Bryant for a touchdown on Saturday. While he did indeed give up that touchdown, his overall play in the game was adequate. Though his play for the majority of the game was against the second team offense for Dallas, he didn’t give up any more big plays. The Ravens are also suffering with injuries to Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, and Asa Jackson. With those guys still dealing with injuries, Domonique Franks may end up starting in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins. That’s scary.

Deonte Thompson, WR/Return Specialist (chances of being cut: 65%)

If you’d asked me prior to Saturday what the chances were of Thompson being cut by Baltimore, I’d probably have said 90%. That’s not just because he’s being grossly inconsistent this camp. But simply because the wide receiver crops for Baltimore may be one of the more talented units in all of football. It’s a crowded depth chart to say the least. Thompson is currently battling with Kamar Aiken, Jeremy Butler, and Laquan Williams for that presumably 6th receiver roster spot. He may have separated himself with a great special teams performance on Saturday in which he returned one kickoff for a touchdown against the Cowboys. I still find it unlikely he makes the team as I think the Ravens may want to release him early to give him an opportunity to sign elsewhere. The kid has talent, but there may not be enough room for him on the 53 man roster.