Offseason stock watch: Who's up, who's down?

Offseason stock watch: Who's up, who's down?
July 6, 2014, 9:15 am
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For the 2014 Ravens, the offseason program is now behind them, and training camp will begin in just a few weeks.  Which players helped their cause over the course of the team's OTA activities and mandatory minicamp. Which players didn't?

Granted, there is still much to be sorted out over the next two months, but here are three players whose stock is rising, and three whose stock is falling, after the team's offseason:

Stock rising:

S Darian Stewart - Stewart was signed seemingly as a stopgap measure at safety, and he has made only 19 starts in four NFL seasons. But Stewart has history with new Ravens secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo, had a strong spring and ran with the first unit throughout OTAs. Rookie safety Terrence Brooks might be the long-term answer, but Stewart looks like the Week 1 starter alongside Matt Elam.

FB Kyle Juszczyk - Whether lined up wide, or in the slot, or in the backfield, the second-year fullback always seems to be involved. Gary Kubiak's offense has always had a spot for a hybrid fullback/H-back, andwith Vonta Leach no longer around, Juszczyk figures to have a sizable role this year.

OL Ryan Jensen - Jensen stayed on the active roster all season but saw no action as his season was curtailed by a preseason foot injury. This spring, Jensen worked at tackle and guard and can also play center. Showing that versatility this spring has been a huge plus.

Stock falling:

DL Terrence Cody - Cody missed the spring workouts while recoving from hip surgery, and the Ravens defensive front has gotten younger and stronger with the addition of second-round draft pick Timmy Jernigan. The Ravens also have Haloti Ngata and second-year Brandon Williams to stuff the middle of the defense, and there might not be room for Cody.

C Gino Gradkowski - When the Ravens offense trotted out their No. 1 unit this spring, Jeremy Zuttah was consistently lined up at center. It's clear the Ravens view Zuttah, the six-year veteran whom they traded for in March, as the starter and an upgrade from Gradkowski, who started every game last season.  

OL Jah Reid - Reid can play both tackle and guard, but like Cody, Reid (calf) was sidelined this spring while young linemen Rick Wagner and Ryan Jensen impressed. And Reid, who started seven games at guard two years ago, didn't see a whole of time last season. Add a healthy Kelechi Osemele and a fifth-round draft pick in guard John Urschel, and there just aren't a whole lot of offensive line roster spots available.

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