Ravens: 8 shining stars from preseason victory over the Panthers

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8. Nigel Warrior, S, Ravens

Last week, it was Geno Stone and Ar’Darius Washington who shined as the Ravens’ reserve safeties. But on Saturday, Nigel Warrior added his name to the list of players realistically vying for the backup safety roles on the roster.

Warrior led the team with four solo tackles and had an excellent pass breakup as well. After missing considerable time with a leg injury in camp, Warrior returned on Saturday and made a name for himself.

Head coach John Harbaugh insisted after the game that the roster decisions the team will have to make in the secondary will be “very difficult.”

Warrior isn’t making it any easier on the Ravens. After spending last season on the practice squad, the former undrafted rookie has his eyes on the 53-man roster.

7. Nate McCrary, RB, Ravens

With Justice Hill sidelined for Saturday’s game, the Ravens got an extended look at their two young running backs behind J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. The first of whom was Nate McCrary.

McCrary led the team with 15 carries for 64 yards and a third-quarter touchdown. He added two catches for 19 yards in the air as well.

The undrafted rookie out of Saginaw Valley State put his name into consideration for the No. 3 running back job behind Dobbins and Edwards.

He’s still a bit of a longshot, but his odds are getting increasingly better as the weeks go on.