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First Quarter Stock Report: Who’s Up? Who’s Down?

 

Did anyone expect Harewood to start this season?

With a quarter of the season in the rearview mirror, CSNBaltimore.com’s Bo Smolka takes a look at three Ravens whose stock is on the rise and decline.

WHO’S UP?:

BERNARD PIERCE- One of the biggest questions heading into training camp was who fill the back-up running back role due to the departure of Ricky Williams. The Ravens had plenty of options but all of them were untested. So far it’s the rookie out of Temple University that is making the most of his opportunity.

He just came off his best game as a pro last Thursday rushing for 48 yards off of 6 carries. Pierce look slike a keeper with a blend of acceleration and strength that is a nice compliment to the shifty moves of Ray Rice.

RAMON HAREWOOD- Did anyone call this one out of camp? Harewood had spent his first two seasons with the Ravens on Injured Reserve and seemed to be little more than a project player. Now he’s taken over the starting Guard spot vacated by former Pro Bowler Ben Grubbs and he has been more than serviceable to this point.

JUSTIN TUCKER- The Tucker-Cundiff battle was well documented over the Summer. The former Longhorn is showing that he belongs as he booted a game winner to beat the Patriots in Week Three. He did just miss his first Field Goal attempt against the Browns but the early returns on Tucker are still glowing.

WHO’S DOWN?:

ED DICKSON- Dickson and Dennis Pitta were both a part of the same draft class in 2010 and both players were seen as important pieces in the Ravens developing a high powered offense. Only Pitta has delivered thus far and while Dickson has still gotten some snaps his production has fallen off considerably.

BRYANT MCKINNIE- The saga surrounding McKinnie before the season began seemed to dominate the Ravens headlines. Now he’s little more than an afterthought, mainly because he doesn’t play that much. Last season he started every game at Left Tackle, this season he’s been attached to bench and only appeared in Jumbo packages. Guess that’s why the Ravens wanted him to take a pay cut.

LAQUAN WILLIAMS- Williams worked hard to secure a spot on the roster last season as an undrafted free agent and this year competition was fierce at the receiver position. He made the team again but he has yet to be active in all four games. Tandon Doss seems to have passed on the depth chart and unless a injury opens the door for him I don’t see him getting a shot to hit the field any time soon.

Is there anyone else you’d add to this list? Let me know below.


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