Stock Watch: Ravens vs. Packers

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The Ravens extended their preseason winning streak to 15 straight games with a 26-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Here’s a deeper look at how the game affected the stock of several players:

RB Justice Hill

The fastest running back in the draft showed off his moves against Green Bay. He has a clear burst out of the backfield, and that was particularly evident on a 14-yard carry in the third quarter. He juked a defender to get into the open field and then zipped toward the sideline to pick up the first down, even flashing a little high-stepping. Hill also showed he isn’t just a scat back when he pushed his way into the end zone on a 1-yard carry for his first NFL touchdown. The fourth-round pick is fighting for playing time in a crowded backfield, but his ability is clear. He put up 49 rushing yards on 10 carries.

DL/FB Patrick Ricard

The two-way player made an impact on both sides of the ball, which rarely happens at the NFL level. His biggest play came on defense when he hopped on a fumble at Green Bay’s 6-yard line, setting up a Ravens touchdown a few players later. Earlier in the night, he showcased his ability as a runner with a pair of tough carries to move the chains in short-yardage situations on third and fourth downs. The Ravens may not use the fullback too often in their new-look offense, but Ricard showed he’s a valuable two-way player who can make a difference.

QB Trace McSorley

Similar to the preseason opener, it was an up-and-down night for the rookie from Penn State. He delivered a perfect touchdown strike to wide receiver Chris Moore when he zipped a pass through a very tight window over the middle of the field. The throw showed off McSorley’s potential as an NFL quarterback. Soon after, he had a rookie mistake when he got picked off on an errant throw to rookie receiver Miles Boykin. McSorley finished the night 8-of-13 passing for 74 yards with a touchdown and interception, and one carry for 17 yards. The 17-yard carry on a play-action fake on fourth down displayed his ability as a running threat as well. He has made some great throws in his first two NFL games, and he’s showing the coaches he could deserve a spot on the 53-man roster.

WR Chris Moore

The fourth-year receiver is competing for a starting job in a young receiving corps, and he helped himself Thursday night. He finished with four catches for 54 yards, including the 23-yard touchdown over the middle on a strike from McSorley. The Ravens have talented rookies in Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Miles Boykin who have their eyes set on starting jobs, but Moore is making a case for himself to win the job.

OL Ben Powers

The rookie fourth-round pick entered the game with the second-team unit, and he appears to have an uphill climb if he’s going to work his way into the starting group along the offensive line. Powers got flagged for a holding call early in the third quarter, and he’ll have to minimize those kinds of penalties if he’s going to unseat a veteran for a starting job. The Oklahoma product was known as a bruising blocker in college, but right now he’s behind Jermaine Eluemunor and James Hurst in the battle for the open left guard job. Undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari also entered the game fairly early.

WR Miles Boykin

After an active NFL debut last week, it was a much quieter night for the third-round pick in his second game. He only had three targets, compared to nine last week, and finished the game with no catches. It wasn’t necessarily a disappointing outing for Boykin, just a quiet one.

WR Antoine Wesley

The undrafted rookie from Texas Tech is doing everything he can to make the roster. He’s been impressive in practice, and he carried that into the game by hauling in a 38-yard reception on a go-route down the sideline from quarterback Joe Callahan. Wesley entered training camp as a longshot to make the roster, but he’ll make the decision very difficult if he keeps making plays like that. He had a pair of catches on the night for 43 yards.

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