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2017 Preseason Stock Watch vs. Buffalo Bills

Posted Aug 26, 2017

Quarterback Ryan Mallett looks sharp in limited work and Josh Woodrum gets his shot with the first team. Jaylen Hill's spot on the roster looks like a certainty. Patrick Onwuasor gets first-team reps.

The Ravens moved to 3-0 this preseason with a 13-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills Saturday night.

This year’s third preseason game didn’t resemble the “dress rehearsal” format of most seasons, but it was an important chance to get a look at young players competing for starting jobs and roster spots.

Here’s how the game affected the stock of several players:

QB Ryan Mallett

Baltimore’s backup quarterback had his best outing of the preseason. He only played three series, and the offense had success moving the football while he was in the game. Mallett’s stats weren’t all that impressive – he completed 6 of 10 passes for 58 yards – but he made good throws and was quick in his decision making. He protected the football, showed good awareness in the pocket and did nothing to lose his spot as the No. 2 quarterback going into the season.

QB Josh Woodrum

After a pair of stellar outings to open the preseason, the Ravens got an extended look at Woodrum. He took snaps with the first-team offense after Mallett’s three series, and it was the first time he had worked with the starters in a game. Woodrum didn’t turn the ball over, but the offense also didn’t have much success moving the ball when he was in the game. He just missed a potential touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace on his opening series by throwing it a step beyond the reach of the speedy receiver. Woodrum had the tough task of going up against many of Buffalo’s starters into the third quarter, but it was a good opportunity for the young quarterback. He finished the game completing 8-of-13 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Woodrum will get another chance to show what he can do in the preseason finale Thursday night, and the Ravens will also have to decide whether to keep three quarterbacks on this year’s 53-man roster.

LBs Patrick Onwuasor/ Kamalei Correa

Onwuasor appears to have closed the gap in the competition for the inside linebacker spot next to C.J. Mosley. Correa has taken virtually all of the starting reps throughout training camp, but the Ravens gave Onwuasor first-team reps against Buffalo. Correa still got the start, but Onwuasor entered the game on the second series. They then alternated series throughout the first half while the starters were in the game. Both players stayed in the game deep into the second half, indicating that the spot is still there for the taking. After a dropped interception, Onwuasor made the biggest play of the game with a strip and fumble recovery to preserve the Ravens’ win with about a minute left.

CB Jaylen Hill

The undrafted rookie cornerback continues to make his case for a roster spot. He played tight coverage throughout the night and came up with his second interception of the preseason. Hill dropped into coverage and read the play perfectly to come up with the pick, and then showed off nice return skills once he got the ball in his hands. In addition to the interception, he broke up a pair of passes with perfectly timed hits on the receiver. He also displayed nice blitzing ability by getting into the backfield to force a rushed throw. Hill has been one of the most pleasant surprises of training camp, and his spot on the 53-man roster looks almost like a certainty.

RB Taquan Mizzell

Mizzell is another undrafted rookie who had a strong night. He carried the ball six times for 14 yards, and added a game-high six receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. Mizzell looks like a natural catching passes out of the backfield, and he demonstrated that on the 15-yard touchdown from Woodrum. Mizzell caught the pass over the middle and then pushed his way through a tackler to plunge into the end zone. The Virginia product has flashed throughout the summer, and he’s given the Ravens a lot to think about at running back. The Ravens may consider keeping an extra running back on the roster, particularly if veteran Danny Woodhead’s reported hamstring injury lingers.

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