Lorenzo Taliaferro - #34 - Running back - 6'0" - 226lbs
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taliaferro and Justin Forsett will likely split touches if Bernard Pierce (concussion) is unable to play in Week 1 against the Bengals, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Forsett looks like the favorite to start in such a scenario, as he sat out Thursday's preseason finale, while Taliaferro ran for 88 yards on 25 carries. As the much bigger player and more powerful runner, Taliaferro would likely still get quite a few carries, including the goal-line work. However, Bernard Pierce (concussion) is expected to play, meaning Taliaferro and Forsett will likely be limited to splitting backup duties.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro will likely split touches if Bernard Pierce (concussion) is unable to play in Week 1 against the Bengals, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Forsett was held out of Thursday's preseason finale, indicating that he'd likely get the start over Taliaferro, who ran for 88 yards on 25 carries. Of course, with Bernard Pierce's concussion considered mild, the more likely scenario has Forsett and Taliaferro splitting backup duties, with the former a bigger factor in the third-down work, and the latter a better bet to vulture a touchdown.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce (concussion) is not playing in Thursday's preseason finale against the Saints.
Impact: Pierce probably wouldn't have played even if he were healthy, as he's expected to start in place of Ray Rice (suspension) in Weeks 1 and 2. Pierce has insisted that he'll be fine for the start of the season, but with even mild concussions somewhat unpredictable, his practice status will be worth keeping an eye on. In the unlikely event that Pierce can't play, the Ravens will turn to journeyman Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice (shoulder) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Saints, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: With Rice presumed out and Bernard Pierce still recovering from concussion symptoms, look for Lorenzo Taliaferro to once again see a high volume of carries, with Justin Forsett also in the mix. Given that Rice will be under suspension for the first two games of the upcoming regular season, his next game action is currently slated for Sep. 21 against Cleveland.
Torrey Smith - #82 - Wide Receiver - 6'0" - 205lbs
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Smith is slated for a big role as the No. 1 receiver in new coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense this season, so he'll be allowed to rest during Thursday's final preseason game to gear up for Week 1. With Steve Smith and possibly Jacoby Jones also sitting out, fellow receivers Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken, and Michael Campanaro should enjoy extended playing time as they jostle for positioning on Baltimore's roster.
Derek Cox - #32 - Cornerback - 6'1" - 195lbs
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cox is expected to sign with the Ravens on Wednesday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Cox was cut earlier this week by the Vikings, which followed the Chargers letting the cornerback go just one season into a four-year, $20 million deal signed last March. With the Ravens currently mending injuries to their top three cornerbacks, Lardarius Webb (back), Jimmy Smith (chest), and Asa Jackson (ankle), a veteran presence like Cox should help Baltimore's secondary in the early going this season.
Cierre Wood - #35 - Running back - 5'11" - 226lbs
News: Wood has been released by the Ravens, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Wood never emerged as a candidate for a roster spot, and the recent injury to Bernard Pierce (head) wasn't enough to keep him on the team for a few more days. While Wood did make the Texans' roster last season, he was later released in October following an unspecified violation of team rules.
Brent Urban - #96 - Defensive End - 6'7" - 295lbs
News: Urban (torn ACL) has been placed on injured reserve, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Urban tore his ACL in late July and should thus have plenty of time to get healthy before next season. The 2014 fourth-round draft pick will likely compete for a spot in the defensive-line rotation next year.
News: Daniels (leg) returned to practice on a limited basis Monday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Daniels, who missed the Ravens' past two preseason games with leg soreness, remains in the team's plans, per coach John Harbaugh, but at this stage, the veteran tight end doesn't seem like a major threat to Dennis Pitta's targets or fantasy prospects.
News: Pierce, who suffered a mild concussion in Saturday's preseason game, didn't practice Monday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: The report notes that Pierce is "feeling a lot better" as of Monday, though he'll need to take and pass a mandatory baseline neurological test in order to be cleared for a return to the field. With that in mind, Pierce probably won't play in Thursday's preseason finale, though the fact that his concussion is being portrayed as mild suggests that he should recover in time to fill in as the Ravens' starting running back while Ray Rice serves a two-game suspension to start the regular season.
Kapron Lewis-Moore - #95 - Defensive End - 6'4" - 310lbs
News: Lewis-Moore (Achilles) has been placed on injured reserve, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: After spending his rookie season on injured reserve because of a torn ACL, the former sixth-round draft pick meets the same fate in his sophomore campaign, only this time due to a torn Achilles' tendon. Lewis-Moore slipped in the 2013 draft because of the first injury, and he was primed for a role in the Ravens' defensive-line rotation before suffering the second. With 13 months to recover before the start of the 2015 season, he might be back to compete for a starting job next year. The Ravens' decision to keep him on IR in consecutive seasons makes it quite clear that he's more highly valued than the average sixth-round draft pick.
LaQuan Williams - #15 - Wide Receiver - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Williams has been released by the Ravens, the team's official website reports.
Impact: A contributor on special teams in 2011 and 2012, Williams failed to make the Ravens' final roster for a second straight year. Following his release, there are three candidates -- Kamar Aiken, Deonte Thompson, and Michael Campanaro -- for the fifth and (possibly) sixth receiver spots.
Derek Cox - #32 - Cornerback - 6'1" - 195lbs
News: Cox was cut by the Vikings on Monday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Impact: Cox inked a four-year, $20 million contract with the Chargers in March of 2013 but lasted just one season in San Diego amid largely underwhelming returns on that hefty investment. While the cornerback aimed to rebound with the Vikings this term, he failed to earn significant action during the preseason, leading Minnesota to release him Monday. The veteran will now hit the free-agent market having been cut twice since the end of last season.
News: Pierce is downplaying the head injury that he sustained in Saturday night's preseason game against Washington, Baltimore Sun reports. "If anyone was wondering, I'm fine," he relayed Sunday via his official Twitter account.
Impact: While the report notes that the running back experienced minor concussion symptoms Saturday after absorbing a high tackle, he's expected to be ready for the Ravens' Week 1 contest against the Bengals. Assuming that's the case, Pierce is in line to start at running back for the team out of the gate, with teammate Ray Rice slated to serve a two-game suspension to start the season.
News: Forsett had 30 yards on seven carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: With Ray Rice suspended for the first two regular-season games, and Bernard Pierce exiting Saturday's exhibition contest due to a potential concussion, there's some chance that Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro will have to carry the load in Week 1. More likely than not, Pierce will be ready by Week 1, but that would still leave Forsett and Taliaferro to handle the backup duties. While Taliaferro has generally been more impressive this preseason, both players have done a nice job for the Ravens.
Crockett Gillmore - #80 - Tight End - 6'6" - 251lbs
News: Gillmore had no catches on one target in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: With Owen Daniels (leg) hurt and reportedly struggling, Gillmore may have a chance to work as the No. 2 tight end, in an offense that's expected to make frequent use of two-TE sets. However, while drafted in the third round by one of the league's most highly-regarded front offices, Gillmore doesn't possess much upside as a receiver. If the Daniels signing doesn't work out for Baltimore, fullback/H-back Kyle Juszczyk is more likely than Gillmore to find his way onto the fantasy radar.
Elvis Dumervil - #58 - Linebacker - 5'11" - 253lbs
News: Dumervil had three tackles and a sack in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: While still a threat for double-digit sacks, Dumervil is expected to again split snaps with Courtney Upshaw, thus limiting both players' chances to pile up tackles. Though better against the run than he gets credit for, Dumervil has never been much of a threat to bring down ballcarriers, and he'll likely still see most of his playing time on passing downs.
Josh Bynes - #56 - Linebacker - 6'1" - 240lbs
News: Bynes had one tackle in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: A starter for part of last season, Bynes now works primarily with the second-team defense, as the Ravens have turned inside linebacker from a weakness into one of their primary strengths. Should anything happen to Daryl Smith, Bynes could find himself with a two-down role, but he probably wouldn't get much work on obvious passing downs.
Pernell McPhee - #90 - Linebacker - 6'3" - 280lbs
News: McPhee predicts that he will record double-digit sacks this season, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Though he's drawn strong reviews throughout training camp and the preseason, McPhee primarily plays outside linebacker, the same position as Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw. The Ravens have been using McPhee on the line in their nickel defense, and while that role could lead to a handful of sacks, double digits is probably pushing it. The versatility and pass-rushing potential could make McPhee valuable to the Ravens, but he won't get many tackles, and probably won't log enough snaps to have a realistic shot at double-digit sacks.
DeAngelo Tyson - #93 - Defensive End - 6'2" - 315lbs
News: Tyson will likely have an important role in the Ravens' defensive-line rotation, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: The former seventh-round draft pick emerged as a solid reserve last season, making good use of his 153 snaps. Capable of playing both defensive end and tackle, Tyson should see more playing time this season, after the Ravens lost some defensive-line depth to injuries in training camp. He's still far removed from the IDP radar.
Marlon Brown - #14 - Wide Receiver - 6'5" - 214lbs
News: Brown had no receptions on two targets in Saturday's preseason game against Washington.
Impact: Brown once again worked behind Jacoby Jones, as he appears destined for the fourth spot on the depth chart. While a nice undrafted find for the Ravens last year, Brown probably won't match his rookie receiving line of 49-524-7, which was largely the result of Joe Flacco having nobody else to throw to. As the Ravens' biggest receiver, Brown could see some extra looks in the red zone, where his height partially makes up for his lack of quickness. He may also pass Jones at some point, though the Ravens' third receiver role probably won't be a great source of fantasy production.
News: Though he suited up for the contest, Rice (shoulder) did not see any action in Saturday's preseason game against Washington, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: "That was our plan this week," coach John Harbaugh noted when asked about Rice not playing Saturday despite suiting up for the game. It's possible that the team was simply playing it safe with the running back, who suffered a bruised shoulder last weekend. It remains to be seen if Rice, who was able to practice this past week, plays in Thursday's preseason finale. If he sits out that contest, his next game action won't come until Sept. 21 against the Browns, given that Rice will be under suspension for the first two games of the upcoming regular season.
Justin Tucker - #9 - Kicker - 6'0" - 189lbs
News: Tucker made all three of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra points in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: While not attached to an elite offense, Tucker is quite clearly one of the top kickers in the league, both consistent on short field goals and capable of hitting from 60-plus yards. He had an odd year in 2013, tying for the league lead in field goals (38) and field-goal attempts (41), while tying for 29th in extra points (26). With the Baltimore offense seemingly improved from last season, Tucker should trade a few of those field goals for some added extra points. In fact, even if the offense doesn't improve, he's unlikely to maintain such an odd ratio.
Joe Flacco - #5 - Quarterback - 6'6" - 245lbs
News: Flacco completed 16-of-23 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: The Baltimore offensive line and running game struggled, but Flacco eventually found success by throwing to Torrey and Steve Smith. Even with Ray Rice suspended for two games, and Bernard Pierce possibly dealing with a concussion, Flacco has a much improved supporting cast from last season. While Owen Daniels (leg) has been a disappointment in training camp, Steve Smith has been better than expected, and Dennis Pitta is back at full health. Just as important as the additions at the skill positions, the Ravens overhauled an offensive line that was perhaps the NFL's worst last season. While all the pieces are in place for Flacco to have a bounce-back campaign, it's hard for fantasy owners to get too excited about a veteran quarterback who has never thrown for 4,000 yards or more than 25 touchdowns in a season. Even if he surpasses expectations, Flacco will likely be no more than a high-end backup in most leagues, given the excellent depth at quarterback.
Kyle Juszczyk - #44 - Running back - 6'1" - 248lbs
News: Juszczyk caught five passes for 53 yards on five targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said during the offseason that he could envision Juszczyk catching 40 or 50 passes. While that previously seemed quite optimistic, Juszczyk has been one of Joe Flacco's favorite options this preseason, hauling in all 10 of his targets through three games. With training camp reports on Owen Daniels (leg) coming in rather unflattering, the Ravens could opt to use less of the veteran tight end and more of their versatile second-year fullback. Juszczyk doesn't draw great reviews for his lead blocking, but his receiving skills are excellent for the position. Of course, even if he's a big part of the offense, he'll mostly be catching short passes, and won't be a threat to pile up carries.
Steve Smith - #89 - Wide Receiver - 5'9" - 195lbs
News: Smith caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: Smith has locked down the starting job opposite Torrey Smith, but that was already the case before Saturday's game. While he should be a consistent presence in two-wide formations, the elder Smith will probably get fewer looks than both Torrey Smith and TE Dennis Pitta. The Ravens' passing game should improve from last season, but not to the extent that the team's third option will have a huge year.
News: Pierce left Saturday's game to be evaluated for a concussion, and he did not return to the contest, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Impact: With Ray Rice suspended for the first two weeks of the regular season, Pierce got the starting nod in Saturday's dress rehearsal. If the injury prevents Pierce from playing in Week 1, the Ravens will likely turn to a combination of Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett. However, the opener is still two weeks away, and Pierce has no prior history of concussions in the NFL.
Lorenzo Taliaferro - #34 - Running back - 6'0" - 226lbs
News: Taliaferro and Justin Forsett split snaps after Bernard Pierce exited Saturday's preseason game with a possible concussion.
Impact: With the Ravens in dress-rehearsal mode for Week 1, the team opted not to play Ray Rice, who is suspended for the first two weeks of the season. Bernard Pierce then left to be evaluated for a concussion, leaving Taliaferro and Forsett to work with the first-team offense. Previously competing for touches behind Pierce for the first two weeks, Taliaferro and Forsett may now have their respective eyes on the starting role. That said, Pierce doesn't have a history of concussions in the NFL, and the nature of his injury hasn't been confirmed. We're also two full weeks away from the Ravens' opener against Cincinnati, which would leave Pierce with plenty of time to recover from a mild concussion. In any case, Forsett outgained Taliaferro in Saturday's game, picking up 30 yards on seven carries, while neither player caught a pass. Taliaferro played well in the first two preseason games, and he could get the starting nod if Pierce's injury turns out to be serious. Forsett would probably handle the third-down work, but Taliaferro would almost certainly be the goal-line back in such a scenario.
News: Jackson (ankle) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins, the Baltimore Post reports.
Impact: Jackson's ankle ailment will cost him a second consecutive preseason contest. Additionally, with Lardarius Webb (back) and Jimmy Smith (chest) also out, Jackson's chief competition for the Ravens' No. 3 cornerback position, Chykie Brown, should see extended playing time in Saturday's game.
News: Smith (chest) will not play in Saturday's preseason game versus the Redskins, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Smith bruised his chest during last weekend's exhibition outing and will sit out Saturday's game, as the Ravens look to preserve their starting cornerback for the regular season. With Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) also banged-up, Baltimore has no reason to risk further damage by playing Smith in a relatively meaningless game.
News: Daniels (leg) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Daniels has missed the past few days with leg soreness and may need more rest over the weekend. By most accounts, the veteran tight end has been underwhelming this preseason and missing Saturday's game could add to that sentiment. Should he miss out, H-back Kyle Juszczyk could fill a larger role in Baltimore's offense, as he played tight end in college and is pushing Daniels for targets behind Dennis Pitta.
News: Jackson (ankle) could play in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins, The Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Health permitting, Jackson figures to open the season as the Ravens' No. 3 cornerback, though there's some chance that Chykie Brown is still in the mix for that role. With Lardarius Webb (back) looking uncertain for Week 1, Jackson could come into some surprising early-season IDP value.
News: Daniels has missed the last three practices to rest his fatigued legs, The Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Daniels isn't dealing with any specific injury, adding that the tight end will likely return to practice before the end of the week. While this doesn't seem to endanger Daniels' status for Week 1, it's a bit concerning for the veteran tight end in light of a previous report which indicated that he's looked slow throughout training camp. Not only does Daniels not seem like a threat to Dennis Pitta's targets, but the 31-year-old may need to fend off second-year fullback Kyle Juszczyk for playing time. Though he's technically listed as the starting fullback, Juszczyk largely played tight end in college, as he's more in the mold of an H-back than a traditional lead blocker.
News: Smith (chest) will likely play in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins, The Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Though he coughed up blood after getting hurt during the last exhibition game, Smith seems to have avoided a serious injury. Of the Ravens' starting cornerbacks, Lardarius Webb (back) is in much greater danger of missing Week 1 against the Bengals.
Lardarius Webb - #21 - Cornerback - 5'10" - 182lbs
News: Webb (back) will not play this preseason, The Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Previously ruled out for the first two exhibition games, Webb still hopes to be ready for Week 1 against the Bengals. If he isn't able to play, the Ravens will turn to either Asa Jackson (ankle), Chykie Brown or Dominique Franks to start across from Jimmy Smith (chest). While never a great source of tackles, Webb does have excellent ball skills, which boosts his value in IDP leagues that emphasize pass defenses and/or interceptions.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (chest) didn't practice Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Smith bruised his chest after landing hard on his back during Saturday's preseason game in Dallas. Following that spill, the cornerback was seen spitting blood on the field. Fortunately, X-rays on Smith's chest were returned negative, and his injury is not considered serious. Locked in as a starter, he's afforded the luxury of resting until he's back to full health. As such, it wouldn't be surprising if Smith missed Saturday's next exhibition outing to ensure he's in top shape as the regular season approaches.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice (shoulder) is practicing Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Rice was forced to leave Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury, but fortunately an X-ray on the ailment returned negative, and coach John Harbaugh indicated Rice suffered merely a bruised shoulder. With the injury not considered serious, Rice was back in action at Monday's practice session, proving Saturday's issue to be a non-factor.
Kyle Juszczyk - #44 - Running back - 6'1" - 248lbs
News: Juszczyk has taken a big step from his rookie campaign, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: After suffering a minor neck injury during last week's preseason game, Juszczyk turned in a strong outing for the second week in a row. He's locked in as the Ravens' starting fullback, but he largely played tight end in college, and won't strictly be used as a lead blocker. With Owen Daniels having a slow training camp and preseason, the Ravens might opt to use more of Juszczyk and less of the veteran than initially expected. While he doesn't figure to see more than the occasional stray carry or two, Juszczyk could be active in the short passing game. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said in June that he could envision the Harvard grad catching 40 or 50 passes this season.
Jeremy Butler - #17 - Wide Receiver - 6'2" - 218lbs
News: Butler is competing with Deonte Thompson, Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken for either one or two roster spots, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Butler, who caught 141 passes for 1,953 yards and two touchdowns in two seasons with FCS Tennesee-Martin, has separated himself from the Ravens' other rookie UDFAs. He's still more likely to land on the practice squad than the active roster, and even a roster spot would just leave him as the fifth or sixth receiver, with a non-return role on special teams.
Deonte Thompson - #83 - Wide Receiver - 6'0" - 203lbs
News: Thompson helped his roster chances with a huge performance in the return game Saturday against the Cowboys, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Thompson amassed 188 yards and a touchdown from three kickoff returns, but he didn't catch any passes. With the Ravens' top four receivers seemingly locked in, Thompson, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Jeremy Butler are competing for either one or two roster spots. While none of the bunch figures to do much on offense, Thompson could be a threat to Jacoby Jones' role in the return game. Thompson is probably the fastest Raven, and he could catch on elsewhere as a return specialist and depth receiver, if he doesn't make the roster in Baltimore.
Chykie Brown - #23 - Cornerback - 5'11" - 190lbs
News: With the Ravens banged up at cornerback, Brown may need to take on a larger role.
Impact: Brown entered training camp in a battle with Asa Jackson (ankle) for the No. 3 cornerback spot, but Jackson seemingly pulled away before suffering an injury. With starting corners Lardarius Webb (back) and Jimmy Smith (chest) also banged up, Brown may be a big part of the defense in Week 1, a prospect that the Ravens likely aren't too excited about. If he ends up starting, Brown will be an interesting short-term IDP option because of the likelihood that he'll be picked on by opposing quarterbacks.
News: Smith's chest injury is not considered serious, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: That's good news for the Ravens, who were already thin at cornerback before accounting for injuries to top corner Lardarius Webb (back) and likely nickelback Asa Jackson (ankle). While the team has generally been optimistic about all the injuries, Webb has been dealing with his issue for nearly a month, and Jackson was seen in a walking boot Saturday night. Smith, who is locked in as a starter, seems to be in the least danger of the trio. Though he doesn't have the best ball skills and isn't a major presence defending the run, Smith figures to be an every-down player, and could thus be a useful IDP.
Terrence Brooks - #33 - Safety - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that Brooks will undoubtedly play a lot this year, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Darian Stewart has emerged as the overwhelming favorite to start at safety next to Matt Elam, but the Ravens' injury issues and lack of depth at cornerback could leave Brooks with a role in the nickel defense. While not worthy of IDP consideration just yet, Brooks, a third-round rookie out of FSU, has a shot to earn playing time at both free safety and nickel corner before the end of the season.
Michael Campanaro - #6 - Wide Receiver - 5'9" - 185lbs
News: Campanaro (ribs) returned one kickoff for 30 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Impact: Campanaro was healthy enough to play, but he's still merely fighting for one of the final spots on the roster, which would likely make him the No. 5/6 wide receiver, with a possible backup role in the return game. One of his competitors, Deonte Thompson, returned three kicks for 188 yards (62.7 average) and a touchdown in Saturday's game. It's unclear whether Campanaro is a legitimate candidate to contribute in the return game, as the Ravens have roster-lock Jacoby Jones, in addition to Thompson.
News: Coach John Harbaugh indicated that the shoulder injury Rice sustained Saturday is a bruise and that the running back isn't expected to be sidelined for long, the Baltimore Sun reports. "It shouldn't be anything too serious," Harbaugh said after Saturday's preseason contest. "We should be OK."
Impact: Assuming his shoulder injury is indeed minor, it shouldn't be an issue upon Rice's return from a two-game suspension to start the regular season. While Rice is sidelined out of the gate, Bernard Pierce, who drew the start Saturday, is in line to head the Ravens' backfield, with Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro also in the mix.
News: Forsett gained 10 yards on two carries and 24 yards on two receptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys. He also fumbled for the second week in a row.
Impact: Forsett was once again outplayed by rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, his primary competition to backup Bernard Pierce for the first two weeks of the season while Ray Rice is suspended. Forsett offers little in the way of upside, but he could see third-down work early in the season.
Lorenzo Taliaferro - #34 - Running back - 6'0" - 226lbs
News: Taliaferro had 16 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown and one reception for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Impact: Taliaferro fumbled, but so did Justin Forsett, who also put one on the ground last week. The two are competing to serve as Bernard Pierce's top backup for the first two weeks of the season while Ray Rice (shoulder) is suspended. Taliaferro has been more impressive thus far, but Forsett is quicker and probably a better receiver, which makes him a more natural complement to Pierce. The Ravens could opt to use both, although Pierce figures to get most of the touches until Rice returns. With both Rice and Pierce looking to rebound from ugly campaigns in 2013, Taliaferro is somewhat interesting, even if there's a good chance that he'll essentially disappear from the offense after Week 2.
Dennis Pitta - #88 - Tight End - 6'4" - 245lbs
News: Pitta caught one pass for 16 yards on two targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Impact: Pitta seems to be past the ankle injury he dealt with earlier this week, as he started and handled his usual role in the offense. While the offseason signing of Owen Daniels created some minor concern about Pitta's targets, the former Texan shouldn't be viewed as a real threat to Pitta.
News: Pierce gained 55 yards on seven carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Impact: It was a solid showing for Pierce, who ripped off his long run of 30 yards on his only carry of the second half. He's seemingly locked in as the Week 1 starter, with Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of the season. Speaking of Rice, the veteran running back left Saturday's game with a shoulder injury, though the issue doesn't initially appear to be serious. Pierce could use the first two weeks of the season as a launching pad for an increased role in the offense, after both he and Rice struggled behind a terrible offensive line last season. Baltimore's O-line appears to be much improved, so regardless of how the touches are divided, there should be more fantasy value for the taking than there was last season.
News: Rice had to leave Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury, but his X-rays came back negative, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: As he was leaving the field, Rice said to CSN Baltimore's Brent Harris, "don't be nervous, I'm fine." Of course, it would take a pretty significant injury to impact Rice's outlook, as he's already suspended for the first two weeks of the season. Bernard Pierce actually got the start in Saturday's preseason game, but Rice saw plenty of work with the first-team offense. While training camp reports on Rice have largely been positive, Pierce has an excellent opportunity to make his own case for more playing time, with both players coming off down seasons in 2013.
News: Jackson (ankle), who did not play in Saturday's preseason game, was seen before the contest with a boot on his right foot, The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.
Impact: Coach John Harbaugh said that Jackson isn't expected to miss a lot of time, but it's not entirely clear what that means. With No. 1 corner Lardarius Webb (back) yet to play this preseason, and No. 2 corner Jimmy Smith exiting Saturday's game with a chest injury, the Ravens are extremely banged up at arguably their thinnest position. Jackson is the favorite for the No. 3 cornerback job, a role he's been competing with Chykie Brown for during training camp.
News: Smith left Saturday's preseason game with a chest injury, and X-rays came back negative, The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.
Impact: After landing awkwardly while trying to break up a pass, Smith went to the locker room for X-rays. The Ravens are already thin at cornerback, as the team lacks proven depth behind Smith and Lardarius Webb (back), the latter of whom has yet to play this preseason. Smith's negative X-ray is an excellent sign for the Ravens, but the team is still in a precarious position at cornerback. In addition to Webb and Smith, projected No. 3 corner Asa Jackson missed Saturday's game with a foot injury.
Aaron Ross - #38 - Cornerback - 6'0" - 190lbs
Sun. Aug 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Ross is done for the season with an Achilles injury.
Impact: He had no fantasy value.