Several bubble players have one last game to claw for a roster spot on Thursday night as the St. Louis Rams host the Baltimore Ravens at Edward Jones Dome.
The Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh are considering keeping six or even seven receivers for the regular season, and the battle has come down to veterans Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams, and rookies Marlon Brown and Aaron Mellette, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Currently the rookies hold the edge stat wise. Brown has the best stats with six catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Mellette has hauled in four catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
There’s also a competition brewing for the third tight end slot, between Matt Furstenburg and Billy Bajema. Undrafted out of Maryland, the 24-year-old Furstenburg has four catches for 54 yards.
Losing Cary Williams and Ed Reed to free agency, and Christian Thompson suspended for the first four games of the regular season, has left the Ravens a little thin on experience in the secondary and they are reportedly contemplating a fourth safety spot that could go to either Anthony Levine or Omar Brown.
Many of St. Louis’s position battles also begin at receiver, but also trickle down to the offensive and defensive line. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher may go with five tight ends this regular season due to Cory Harkey’s injury, with Philip Lutzenkirchen, Zach Potter, and Mike McNeill all vying.
For the sixth wide receiver spot, Emory Blake, Justin Veltung and Nick Johnson are reportedly the final ones left for a cut.
According to the Post-Dispatch, Fisher will also have to make four to five cuts on both the offensive and defensive lines. Those hoping to protect quarterback Sam Bradford include tackles Ty Nsekhe and D.J. Young, and Tim Barnes and Shelley Smith. Currently carrying 13 defensive lineman, Garrett Goebel, Mason Brodine and Sammy Brown may not make the cut.
Television coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET and a live online stream is available by subscription on the NFL’s official site here.
Baltimore can watch a WBAL-TV, and the St. Louis feed is on KTVI-TV.
Betting Odds: St. Louis is favored by 7 points.
Over/Under: 38 points
Prediction: St. Louis 24, Baltimore 17