The Baltimore Ravens had a lot of encouraging signs during their 33-7 rout of the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium Aug. 9, though it's hard to reach many conclusions since the Rams opted to sit nearly all of their starters during their preseason opener.
Still, training camp is nearly a month old now, and the Ravens are two games into their five-game preseason. The clock is ticking for players trying to work their way onto the right side of the roster bubble.
Here are three players whose stock is rising, and whose stock is falling, after the Rams game:
KR-WR Janarion Grant
Despite receiving a taunting penalty during practice Aug. 7 that
infuriated special teams coach Jerry Rosburg
, Grant took all the return reps against the Rams. He only had one kickoff return, for 26 yards, and netted 0 yards on two punt returns. But Grant, an undrafted rookie who holds the career kickoff return record at Rutgers, handled every chance cleanly. Tthe Ravens clearly are giving him a long look for the open job.
Grant also moved up the depth chart into the second group of wide receivers and finished with two catches for 32 yards.
WR Breshad Perriman
Perriman didn't play a snap in the first half, suggesting his place on the Ravens depth chart has been lowered. But challenged this week by receivers coach Bobby Engram to "make plays in the game," Perriman did that when he finally got on the field in the third quarter.
Perriman finished with three catches for 71 yards, nearly equaling his total from all of last year (77), and his 32-yard touchdown catch was one of the best of his career, a contested grab with contact as he came down in the back of the end zone.
"I still want more for myself," Perriman said. "That was just a taste because I know what I can do."
OLB Tim Williams
Williams showed off his explosiveness when he blew by Rams reserve right tackle Darrell Williams and hammered quarterback Brandon Allen, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Ravens safety DeShon Elliott. Williams tied for the team lead with five tackles and continued what has been a very strong camp.
A third-round pick out of Alabama in 2017, Williams had a quiet rookie year, totaling six tackles in limited action. But this past week defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale said of Williams, "I think he's rushing better now than I've ever seen him rush. ... He's becoming the player we thought he was going to be."
RB Kenneth Dixon, KR-WR Tim White
There's an old saying that "you can't make the club in the tub," and running back Kenneth Dixon and returner-receiver Tim White both have missed significant amount of time lately with roster spots in the balance.
After missing last season with a torn ACL -- and a suspension he could serve concurrently -- Dixon was expected to factor into the Ravens' running game this year. But he has missed extensive time during training camp, and undrafted rookie Gus Edwards (12 carries, team-high 58 yards vs. the Rams) has been the beneficiary, making a push for the spot as the No. 3 back. Dixon warmed up in uniform last night, but then took the pads off for the game.
White, meanwhile, was enjoying a strong camp before suffering an undisclosed injury during the Hall of Fame Game Aug. 2, and he has not practiced since. While White was sidelined, Grant essentially took his spot atop the return depth chart and with the second group of receivers. White, who got hurt duirng the first preseason game last year and ended up missing all season after surgery on his thumb, won't win that job back from the trainer's room.
G Jermaine Eluemunor
The second-year guard was flagged for two false starts against the Rams, giving him at least six over the past week between the practice field and game field. It also didn't help that head coach John Harbaugh publicly rebuked the Ravens' backup linemen after the Hall of Fame Game, when the Ravens quarterbacks were sacked eight times.
As the Ravens try to sort out their starting combination along the offensive line, they also need to sort out which three or four reserves they will keep.
If Orlando Brown Jr. wins the starting right tackle job, one of those reserve spots will go to versatile guard-tackle James Hurst. Eluemunor will be in competition for the final roster spots with, among others, Nico Siragusa, Andrew Donnal, Maurquice Shakir (whose injury status isn't helping him), and rookie draft picks Greg Senat and Bradley Bozeman.
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