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Stock Watch: Ravens' Risers, Fallers After Preseason Game Vs. Packers

August 16, 2019
The Ravens' preseason schedule is halfway over after a 26-13 win against the Green Bay Packers Aug. 15, which ran the Ravens' preseason winning streak to a remarkable 15 games dating to the beginning of 2016.

For those on the top lines of the depth chart, the preseason will essentially end with the game at Philadelphia next week; none of those players are expected to play in the preseason finale at Washington Aug. 29. 

But for those toward the bottom of the depth chart, time is running short, with just two preseason games and a pair of joint practices with the Eagles remaining to try to solidify a roster spot. 

Here are three players whose stock is rising, and whose is falling, after the Packers game:

STOCK UP

ILB Otaro Alaka

Starting inside linebacker Chris Board left the Packers game with a concussion, thrusting Alaka into a larger role for the foreseeable future. The undrafted linebacker out of Texas A&M responded with a team-high six tackles, including two for losses, despite briefly leaving the game with an injury.

Head coach John Harbaugh sounded encouraged after the game about Board's prognosis, but Board probably won't play again in the preseason. That leaves Patrick Onwuasor and Kenny Young as the only returning inside linebackers, the Ravens' thinnest position group.

Alaka, who had a team-high 79 tackles and four sacks for Texas A&M last year, appears to be the front-runner in a trio of undrafted inside linebackers, and the Ravens have a well-documented history of finding and developing them. Will Alaka be next?

CB Maurice Canady

Canady had three tackles in the win against the Packers, playing almost exclusively as an outside cornerback, but there's no question that the Tavon Young injury opens a roster spot for a defensive back, and that could be Canady. (Harbaugh announced after the game that Young is likely to miss the season with a neck injury.)

Canady, a sixth-round pick in 2016, has had his own injury issues throughout his career, spending parts of all three of his NFL seasons on injured reserve. He has appeared in 19 of 48 games over the past three years. 

Canady played some slot corner at times in the past, and Harbaugh suggested that virtually every cornerback other than Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey could get a look at that role. 

WR Jaleel Scott

Scott, who is battling for a final wide receiver job, finished with two catches for 23 yards, including a diving grab across the middle. More significant for Scott: He was a gunner on the No. 1 punt unit and recorded a pair of special teams tackles.

Willie Snead, Chris Moore, Seth Roberts, Miles Boykin and Marquise Brown are probably safely on the roster, though the injuries that have slowed Roberts and Brown could complicate the receiver picture. Veteran Michael Floyd saw action at receiver before Scott, though Floyd had no receptions and wasn't targeted. But Scott's special teams contributions will be noticed.  

Scott had said earlier this week that to make the roster, he wanted to "make sure that I'm an 'X' factor on special teams."

STOCK DOWN

OLB Shane Ray

The Ravens' edge rushers didn't create a lot of pressure against Green Bay, with Matthew Judon getting the only first-half sack. Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser both appear to be ahead of Ray in the competition for a roster spot, and rookie third-round pick Jaylon Ferguson has been coming on strong of late and saw some action with the starters against the Packers.

Williams and Bowser didn't generate much pressure against the Packers, but then again neither did Ray, despite playing late in the game against third- and fourth-stringers. Ray finished with no tackles and one quarterback hit. 

OT Greg Senat

The second-year player out of Wagner has been Ronnie Stanley's top backup this summer, the top internal option to make the team as a reserve tackle. But coaches say the best ability is availability, and Senat missed practice time this week and the Packers game with an undisclosed injury.

In his absence, Jermaine Eluemunor played a lot of left tackle, while undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari, whose stock has been rising this week, saw action at left guard and at center. Harbaugh said the line play was "much improved" this week, and if Eluemunor shows he could be an adequate backup at left tackle, Senat could be squeezed out of the picture.

DL Zach Sieler

With the departure of Brent Urban this offseason, Sieler became the logical top backup to Chris Wormley at defensive end, but it's been a quiet summer for Sieler, a physically imposing defensive end at 6-foot-6 and 301 pounds. 

Sieler was Ozzie Newsome's last-ever draft pick, taken out of Ferris State in the seventh round of the 2018 draft. He was a game day inactive in 14 of 16 games last year. He had two tackles in the closing minute against the Packers. 

The Ravens show a lot of different looks up front, and the return of defensive end-linebacker hybrid Pernell McPhee, along with strong interior play from Willie Henry and Patrick Ricard, could factor when deciding how many defensive linemen to keep on the 53-man roster.

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