The Ravens know they will be keeping at least two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster come cutdown day Adam Thielen Jersey
, but it’s less clear if Robert Griffin III will be joining Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson in Baltimore this fall.
Griffin signed as a free agent this offseason before the Ravens drafted Jackson with the final pick of the first round. He’s played in all three preseason games and has completed 18-of-26 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said on Thursday that the call on Griffin will “go right to the wire” and expressed his opinion that “the best quarterback thing to do would be to keep” the veteran on the roster. Harbaugh acknowledged that needs at other positions may lead to General Manager Ozzie Newsome making a different call, however.
“He has played at a starting-caliber level in the games that he’s played, and he’s an experienced guy,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com. “I’d rather have him than not have him, for sure Ricardo Allen Jersey
, but there are other factors that go into that and we’ll have to figure all that out. Ozzie ultimately will have to make that decision.”
The Ravens have not kept three quarterbacks on their opening regular season roster since the 2009 season.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-9)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Paul Brown Stadium
LAST YEAR: Missed playoffs for second straight season. Coach Marvin Lewis got two-year contract extension despite 0-7 playoff mark, worst in NFL history. He’s entering 16th season with Bengals, who have yet to win playoff game since 1990 season, longest active postseason drought in NFL and sixth longest in league history. Bill Lazor was promoted to interim offensive coordinator two games into season and retains role, given freedom to overhaul unit that finished last in yards. Teryl Austin was hired as defensive coordinator, replacing Paul Guenther Trey Flowers Jersey
, who joined Jon Gruden with Raiders.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: Lazor, LT Cordy Glenn, C Billy Price, QB Matt Barkley, LB Preston Brown.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: LB Vontaze Burfict (suspended for first four games for violating NFL’s policy on performance enhancers), QB AJ McCarron, C Russell Bodine LeSean McCoy Jersey
, CB Adam ”Pacman” Jones, RB Jeremy Hill.
CAMP NEEDS: Getting adjusted to Lazor’s overhauled offense and getting new pieces in place on line are overriding concerns. Austin is expected to stay with similar defense, but there will be competition for spots in line rotation. Once again, Bengals will spend preseason planning for Burfict’s absence – third straight season he’s been suspended by league. Bengals took gamble and signed TE Tyler Eifert to one-year deal loaded with incentives, hoping he can add to group that was subpar last season, but he was hurt again for training camp.
EXPECTATIONS: Two straight losing seasons led to significant drop in attendance at Paul Brown Stadium and reduced expectations for a team in decline. Bengals will have slightly different look with new coordinators, but overall direction won’t change much. If offensive line isn’t significantly better Josh Jones Jersey
, redesigned playbook won’t much matter. By keeping Lewis for 16th season despite lack of playoff win, owner Mike Brown gave fans little reason to think things will be different. Brown would rather stay with coach and coaching philosophy that are familiar.
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