This is an unofficial depth chart put together by the team’s public relations staff, not by Head Coach John Harbaugh, but the lineups can shed some light on which players are running the most with the first team through the first two weeks of training camp.
Here are seven observations, followed by the offensive and defensive depth charts below:
- Rookie first-round draft pick
C.J. Mosleyis listed as the starter at inside linebacker along with veteran Daryl Smith. Second-year player Arthur Brownis behind Mosley on the depth chart in what was considered one of the most anticipated competitions of training camp. Rick Wagnerhas the edge in the battle for right tackle, as he’s listed ahead of Jah Reidin the competition. Wagner has played well in practice over the last few months, and the preseason will be important for him to solidify his spot. Darian Stewarthas the lead at safety, and rookie Terrence Brooksstill has some catching up to do. Stewart is listed as the starting free safety and veteran Jeromy Milesis his primary backup. Brooks is the third-string safety at this point, as he’s trying to make the jump at one of the toughest positions to learn at the NFL level. Haloti Ngatais now listed as the starting defensive tackle after playing nose tackle last season. Second-year lineman Brandon Williamsis listed as the first-string nose tackle. Ngata played mostly nose tackle last year, but the Ravens may move him a little outside so that Williams can play his natural spot over the center. Ngata is so versatile that the Ravens can use him at multiple positions up front.
- Running back
Justin Forsettis currently listed as the No. 3 running back behind Ray Riceand Bernard Pierce. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferrois listed as fourth-string. There’s typically not much attention paid to the third- and fourth-string running backs at this point in camp, but they will be critical early in the season because of Rice’s two-game suspension. As of now, it looks like Forsett will get the bulk of thee carries behind Pierce during those first two games. Asa Jacksonhas the edge in the competition at punt returner if the Ravens want to use someone other than Jacoby Jonesat that spot. Jones has been a Pro Bowl returner in the past, but the Ravens have also mixed in other returners. Jackson is ahead of rookie receiver Michael Campanaroas the punt/kick returners behind Jones.
- Wide receiver
Kamar Aikenhas been impressive during training camp, and he’s listed as a third-string wideout behind the clear-cut top targets Torrey Smith, Steve Smith Sr., Marlon Brownand Jones.
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