Casey Hayward DB GB 4 Days
Hayward tallied 43 tackles (33 solo), three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and a defensive touchdown in 16 games during the 2014 season.
Hayward showed a nose for the football despite playing primarily in nickel and dime defenses during 2014. His role in 2015 will largely depend on whether or not the Packers bring back one or both of pending free agents -- and fellow cornerbacks -- Tramon Williams and Davon House.
Daryl Smith LB BAL 5 Days
Smith finished the 2014 regular season with 128 tackles (68 solo), a sack, an interception, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovered and nine passes defensed.
Rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley rapidly emerged as a force, and yet Smith actually recorded more tackles than he did in 2013. Both players stayed on the field for nearly every snap, and it will likely be more of the same in 2015. Mosley offers more upside, but Smith is an excellent IDP option in his right.
C. J. Mosley LB BAL 5 Days
Mosley finished his rookie season with 133 tackles (89 solo), three sacks, two interceptions, a force fumble, a recovered fumble and eight passes defensed.
Mosley was a surprising selection at 17th overall in the 2014 draft, as the Ravens already appeared to be in pretty good shape at inside linebacker. The former Crimson Tide superstar didn't take long to make the pick look good, with he and Daryl Smith combining to form arguably the NFL's best inside-linebacking tandem, in a season that saw San Francisco's Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman play just six combined games. Mosley and Smith both played nearly every defensive snap, and both finished in the top-10 of the NFL's leaderboard for tackles. They're both strong IDP options for 2015, but Mosley is the clear upside play.
Keith Wenning QB BAL 5 Days1 Comment
Wenning spent 2014 on the Ravens' practice squad.
Wenning may get a shot at the top backup role in 2015, as Tyrod Taylor is set to become a free agent. It's not a spot the Ravens have prioritized, with the team highly reliant on Joe Flacco to stay healthy.
Fitzgerald Toussaint RB BAL 5 Days
Toussaint finished his rookie season with six carries for 12 yards and three receptions for 27 yards.
An undrafted free agent, Toussaint pulled even with Bernard Pierce as the Ravens' top backup by the end of the season, after fourth-round rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro went down for the year with a foot injury. Justin Forsett is set to become an unrestricted free agent, but Toussaint will probably still need to compete for a roster spot in 2015.
Tyrod Taylor QB BAL 5 Days
Taylor did not attempt a pass during the 2014 season.
Joe Flacco played every game for a seventh time in seven seasons, leaving Taylor to watch from the sidelines during the final year of his rookie contract. The former sixth-round draft pick is still an unknown commodity, so he's unlikely to attract interest as anything more than a second or third quarterback in free agency. He may return to Baltimore, but the Ravens probably don't want to spend much more than the veteran's minimum on Flacco's backup.
Bernard Pierce RB BAL 5 Days
Pierce had 93 carries for 366 yards and two touchdowns, adding two receptions for 13 yards, during the 2014 regular season.
Pierce entered the year as a candidate to emerge as Baltimore's lead back, but it was Justin Forsett who ultimately filled that role. Forsett averaged 5.4 yards on 235 carries, while Pierce looked hopelessly lost much of the time, despite running behind an excellent offensive line. Though Forsett is set to become an unrestricted free agent, it will be surprising if Pierce is anything more than a backup in the final year of his rookie contract. If the Ravens can't retain Forsett, they'll likely look for outside help, or else turn the reigns over to 2014 fourth-round selection Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot). Pierce may need to compete for a roster spot.
Kyle Juszczyk RB BAL 5 Days
Juszczyk caught 19-of-27 targets for 182 yards and a touchdown during the 2014 regular season.
A fourth-round draft pick in 2013, Juszczyk proved to be Baltimore's fullback of the future, after only contributing on special teams as a rookie. He offers a nice combination of blocking and receiving skills, but he hasn't logged a carry in his career, and he lost two fumbles during the 2014 season. He'll be back as the Ravens' starting fullback in 2015.
Jacoby Jones WR BAL 5 Days
Jones caught 9-of-18 targets for 131 yards during the 2014 regular season.
After serving as Baltimore's No. 3 wide receiver for most of 2012 and 2013, Jones had a disastrous 2014 campaign on the offensive side. He also had a mildly disappointing year in the return game, following two fantastic seasons in that regard. Despite signing a four-year, $12 million contract last offseason, Jones may end up as a cap casualty. If the Ravens retain him, it will likely be with the hope that he can bounce back to elite-level status as a return man.
Crockett Gillmore TE BAL 5 Days
Gillmore caught 10-of-15 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown during his rookie season.
A late third-round draft pick, Gillmore isn't the most athletic of tight ends, but he does offer a nice mix of strength and size. He could find himself with a larger role in 2015, as Owen Daniels is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and Dennis Pitta's future remains highly uncertain.