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3 Under-the-Radar Ravens Pushing to Start

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1 Comment Dagger Dennis says I think B. Will ultimately wins the starting position, but they will all get significant playing time. With all that quality depth on the D-Line, they will almo
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The Baltimore Ravens completed their first organized team activity of the offseason last week.

Here are three under-the-radar players very much in the mix for starting jobs (listed alphabetically):

Ryan Jensen, right tackle

Jensen was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens last year. He broke his foot early in training camp and did not play as a rookie, but Baltimore is enthusiastic about his potential, and he will compete with fellow second-year player Rick Wagner for the right to replace Michael Oher as the Ravens’ starting right tackle.

Jensen practiced primarily at guard and center last year, but Baltimore has him focusing on tackle now, the position he played in college.

Darian Stewart, free safety

The Ravens drafted free safety Terrence Brooks in the third round of this year’s NFL draft, but Stewart will compete with Brooks for the job at free safety.

Stewart started just six games the last two years for the St. Louis Rams, but he started 13 games in 2011 under Baltimore secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was the Rams’ head coach at that point.

Stewart is not a big name and has had just the one semi-productive season in the NFL, but the Ravens believe he is capable of holding up and doing a respectable job as a starter if need be.

To Baltimore, the main thing that has held Stewart back to this point has been injuries. He missed three games last year with a hamstring injury and also missed four games due to injury in 2012.

DeAngelo Tyson, defensive tackle

Tyson has been primarily a reserve for the Ravens the last two years, but he will part of a group competing to replace Arthur Jones as Baltimore’s starting defensive tackle.

Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan are probably the two early favorites to win the job. Williams was a third-round pick last year. Jernigan was a second-round pick in April. But Tyson, a seventh-round pick in 2012, has made some plays when called upon the last two seasons.

For more on starting hopefuls, click over to The Carroll County Times…

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Dagger Dennis
Dagger Dennis

I think B. Will ultimately wins the starting position, but they will all get significant playing time. With all that quality depth on the D-Line, they will almost always be running on some fresh legs late in games. I think Brooks is going to surprise us and win that job of Stewart, but i do think/hope stewart benefits from a change of scenery and becomes a productive member of the secondary. I think jenson continues to be a back up linemen to a future free agent we most likely will bring in very soon. I expect Jenson and Wagner to get some playing time and hopefully they will continue to develop and be valuable down the road, but i just dont see them starting anywhere unless they seriously blow harbs out of the water. Either way, i think the Ravens have put together a surprisingly deep roster and I think they will be very competitive this season. I think we all know the key to the Ravens success lies on the offensive lines (much like most teams with good qbs that dont win) With gradkowski on the bench and zuttah @ center, they're already greatly improved. I am very excited about 2014, we are only projected 8.5 wins by vegas, so we'll most likely win 13 lol. Good day Ravens Nation

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