Ravens vs. Rams: 5 players with something to gain
3. Chuck Clark
Tony Jefferson has missed some time which has given Chuck Clark some practice time as a starter. Clark is coming off an interception in the Hall of Fame Game and he is already proven as a tackler and a special teams ace. Clark has a chance to show that he belongs on the field as much as possible. He may not supplant Jefferson as the starting safety, but he may give Don Martindale an excuse to get him on the field when he can. Clark should get the start in the second preseason game. He needs to show that he is more than just a backup, that he’s a viable starter.
Clark was a sixth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Now we’re having this conversation about him, and that in itself is a win for Clark. Clark has a roster spot all but locked up. Now he gets to go out there and fight for an elevated role in the defense. Clark checks all the boxes at strong safety. He can hit, he has a little range and he seems to have good instincts on the field. Clark needs to continue to play confidently. If he does that, he will make a big time impression on the Ravens coaching staff.
The Ravens secondary is very crowded. At the safety position behind Jefferson and Eric Weddle you have Clark, Anthony Levine and DeShon Elliott. The Ravens cornerback situation is as good as it ever has been. Clark needs to make big plays in the preseason. If the Ravens need to call on a defensive back on the bench, Clark needs to make sure that they go to him.