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Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bynes was waived by the Ravens on Tuesday.
Impact: Bynes played in 15 games last season, making six starts along the way en route to 45 tackles (22 solo) on the campaign. However, with the Ravens opting to re-sign cornerback Derek Cox on Tuesday, a corresponding roster move needed to be made and since Albert McClellan and Zachary Orr have made strong special teams contributions recently, Bynes was deemed the odd man out at inside linebacker. The 25-year-old run stopper will look to land elsewhere before the regular season kicks off this weekend.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cox re-signed with the Ravens on Tuesday.
Impact: Cox was released by the Ravens on Saturday, but now returns to the team in a planned procedural move. With Baltimore a bit banged-up at cornerback, Cox could see an increased snap count if Lardarius Webb (back) and Jimmy Smith (chest) are limited at all in Week 1. However, with Webb and Smith entrenched as the Ravens' starting cornerbacks, and Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown also talented reserves, Cox will likely serve as the team's fourth or fifth option at the position this season.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon has been signed to the Ravens' practice squad, the team's official website reports.
Impact: Released just one year after being selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, Simon cleared waivers and was signed to the practice squad. His failure to make the team may be more about the Ravens' excellent depth at outside linebacker than anything else.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wenning has been signed to the Ravens' practice squad, the team's official website reports.
Impact: Wenning never really put up a challenge to Tyrod Taylor for the right to serve as Joe Flacco's top backup, but Taylor's rookie contract is up at the end of this season. If the Ravens are in the market for a new No. 2 QB, Wenning will likely be part of the conversation.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Toussaint has been signed to the Ravens' practice squad, the team's official website reports.
Impact: Though he never had much of a shot to make the roster, Toussaint made a strong impression in the final preseason game, gaining 103 yards on 17 carries. Even with the Ravens having a shaky situation at running back, Toussaint -- an undrafted rookie out of Michigan -- is unlikely to see the field this season. Ray Rice (suspension), Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaffero, and Justin Forsett are all ahead of the former Wolverine.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cody (hip) has been placed on the reserve/PUP list, ruling him out for the first six weeks of the season, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: A former second-round draft pick, Cody did little of note during his rookie contract but then re-signed with the Ravens for the veteran's minimum. The team seems to at least view him as a suitable backup, but even if he gets healthy, he's unlikely to play more than a few snaps per game.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aiken made the final roster, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: The Ravens decided to keep seven wide receivers, meaning someone will probably be cut within the next week or two. Aiken put together a nice training camp and preseason, but he's likely sixth or seventh on the depth chart at wide receiver.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson survived roster cuts, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Thompson, Michael Campanaro, and Kamar Aiken were thought to be battling for one or two spots, but the Ravens ultimately decided to keep seven wide receivers, allowing all three to stick. The team presumably won't use seven roster spots on the position throughout the year and may even release one of the three before Sunday's opener against the Bengals. It's also possible that the Ravens are looking to trade Thompson to a returner-needy team in exchange for a late-round draft pick.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler has been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: The injury isn't necessarily all that serious, as the Ravens likely saw enough from Butler to warrant keeping him around but couldn't quite justify a spot on the 53-man roster. Butler stood out among the team's undrafted rookie wideouts and will presumably be back to compete for a roster spot next season.
Sun. Aug 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Cody was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list Saturday.
Impact: The defensive lineman has missed the entire preseason for the Baltimore Ravens while recovering from hip surgery. He's unavailable for at least the first six games.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franks has been released by the Ravens, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Franks was competing for the fourth or fifth cornerback spot, but his fate may have been sealed once the Ravens signed Derek Cox, who was also released Saturday but is expected to re-sign with the team.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cox was released by the Ravens on Saturday, but the transaction is considered procedural, as he's expected to re-sign with the team before Week 1, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Signed by the Ravens earlier in the week, Cox has now been released by three teams this year, after signing a four-year, $20 million contract with the Chargers last offseason. In any case, it appears he's finally found a home, though he'll likely just be the fourth or fifth cornerback upon rejoining the Ravens. Cox could perhaps be worth a glance in deeper IDP leagues, if Lardarius Webb (back) and Jimmy Smith (chest) both fail to make it back for Week 1 against the Bengals.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson (ankle) returned to practice Saturday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Of the Ravens' three injured corners who returned to practice Saturday, Jackson was reportedly the most active. He's the favorite to open the season as the team's No. 3 corner, but could be asked to do something more in Week 1 against the Bengals, as starters Lardarius Webb (back) and Jimmy Smith (chest) are both banged up.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (chest) returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: The same goes for fellow starting cornerback Lardarius Webb (back), who seems to be in more danger than Smith when it comes to potentially missing Week 1. Projected No. 3 corner Asa Jackson (ankle) also returned from an injury to practice Saturday, as the Ravens are quite banged up at a position where they lack depth. Should any of the aforementioned three corners miss Week 1, Chykie Brown, Dominique Franks and/or Derek Cox could be asked to step into bigger roles. There isn't much IDP appeal here, but Smith and Webb could both be worth a look if they're healthy to start the season.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webb (back) returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Both Webb and starting right cornerback Jimmy Smith (chest) returned on a limited basis, while projected nickelback Asa Jackson (ankle) took on something closer to a full workload. The Ravens have maintained all along that Webb is expected to suit up for Week 1 against the Bengals, but he didn't see any action this preseason, and has been bothered by his back since at least late July. Of the team's three injured cornerbacks, Webb still appears to be in the most danger of missing Week 1, though he can be considered more likely to play than not. The Ravens have shaky depth behind Webb and Smith.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Campanaro has made the Ravens' final roster as the No. 5 wide receiver, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: A seventh-round rookie out of Wake Forest, the Baltimore-area native came on strong at the end of the preseason, contributing as both a receiver and return man. He probably won't touch the ball in Week 1, as the Ravens have a clear-cut top-four at wide receiver, and Jacoby Jones is expected to handle return duties. Campanaro could have some appeal down the road, as he offers plus athleticism for an undersized slot receiver, having run a 4.46 at the NFL combine, with a 39-inch vertical jump.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce (concussion) is practicing Saturday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Pierce suffered a mild concussion during last Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins, and all reports since have indicated that he'll likely play in the Ravens' opener. With Ray Rice suspended for the first two weeks of the season, Pierce figures to start and get most of the touches in Week 1 against the Bengals and Week 2 against the Steelers. Should he impress, Pierce may have a larger role than previously expected upon Rice's return to the offense.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Daniels (leg) will be ready for the start of the regular season, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Daniels missed about one week of practice due to swelling and fatigue in his legs, but he returned on a limited basis Monday, and should be fine for next Sunday's opener against the Bengals. Though the Ravens are expected to use plenty of two-TE sets, Daniels may find targets hard to come by as the clear-cut No. 2 tight end behind Dennis Pitta.
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.
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.
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.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
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.