By Jack Delaney on June 27, 2014
Training camp is still in the distant future, but there are some positional battles for the Baltimore Ravens that fans will want to watch out for. After a disappointing season following a Super Bowl victory, coach John Harbaugh will put the best players out on the field in 2014. With several exciting additions to the team, there could be a slew of new names at starting positions for Baltimore.
It won't be a surprise if Bernard Pierce starts the season because of Ray Rice's looming suspension, but if Pierce can help carry the offense during Rice's absence, he could retain the starting role. Rice has lost weight during the offseason, but he has a difficult battle ahead of him to return to his dominant performances from past seasons.
Some may think it would be smarter to let linebacker C.J. Mosley ease his way onto the defense, but the first-round pick has apparently shined in OTAs. He has worked with Daryl Smith practicing on the first team, and the rookie could enter Week 1 as a starter in 2014.
Bernard Pierce is likely to enter the first game as the starter, but an impressive training camp could bump rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro up the depth chart. Rice and Pierce struggled last season, and Taliaferro has a chance to take over the rushing attack for the Ravens.
New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak loves to use multiple tight ends in his playbook, and he is well aware of the talent of Owen Daniels as his former head couch in Houston. If Dennis Pitta faces any injury or is unable to regain his momentum from his strong 2012 campaign, Daniels could find himself as the starter.
It seems that third-round pick Terrence Brooks just needs to learn the playbook in order to make contributions as a starter for the Ravens. Darian Stewart has never completed a full season in the NFL, and Brooks has the talent to springboard past the 25-year-old Stewart with a successful training camp.
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