The Ravens’ 23-3 win over San Francisco on Thursday night marked the first true test for many players fighting for a higher line on the depth chart or, in many cases, their very jobs.
With most starters sitting out all but the first series or two, reserves had plenty of chance to make their case. Here are three players whose stock is rising, and three whose stock seems to be falling, after the Ravens win on Thursday:
WR Kamar Aiken – Aiken led the team with four catches for 46 yards and was among the first of the bubble receivers to see significant action. Aiken, who has bounced around from practice squad to practice squad over three NFL seasons, is making a strong push for a roster spot and helped his case again last night, although he did have one bad drop.
CB Asa Jackson – Competing for the nickel job, Jackson had an interception and two tackles and generally showed good ball awareness and coverage skills. Jackson was also the No. 1 punt returner, with three returns for 13 yards.
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro – The rookie running back led the Ravens with 13 carries for 71 yards and showed he can be a power back, with a no-nonsense, north-south running style.
CB Chykie Brown – Fighting for the nickel job – or even a starting spot if Lardarius Webb is sidelined – Brown was flagged for two penalties on his first two series. In Brown’s defense, officials are making it harder and harder on defensive backs, but he has been inconsistent and continues to have trouble finding the ball.
WR Michael Campanaro – The Ravens seem to have big plans for the seventh-round draft pick, but he was among the last receivers to see the field and was not targeted at all. He was also used as a punt returner late in the game, but his only return, 9 yards, was wiped out by a penalty. Campanaro has been slowed by a rib injury, which could have been a factor.
OG Ryan Jensen – The Ravens second-team offensive line had some problems, with Tyrod Taylor getting sacked twice on his first series and three times overall. On one of those, Jensen, playing left guard, was simply tossed aside by defensive tackle Tank Carradine.