The Baltimore Ravens first preseason game in 2023 has come and gone. While the outcomes do not matter much, it is a starting point for competitions, rookies, and players to make the roster. With that in mind, there are plenty of takeaways to be made from what we just saw. What are the most important storylines?
5. Brandon Stephens is back at outside cornerback, Daryl Worley is at safety for the Baltimore Ravens
When the Baltimore Ravens finished up OTAs and went away for the summer, Brandon Stephens was moving to safety, and Daryl Worley played cornerback, his primary position throughout his career. Even when the team released their initial depth chart, there were no surprises there.
Then, they took the field for the first time in the preseason. Despite Worley and Stephens starting, it was Stephens on the outside and Worly at safety. It makes for an interesting storyline to follow this summer.
There had been reports that Worley was cross-training at safety, but he did not take any snaps at cornerback last night. That is interesting because the depth at outside cornerback is thin. Jalyn Armour-Davis, Rock Ya-Sin, and Trayvon Mullen were all supposed to be in the mix, but all of them were out with injuries. It was a great opportunity to start on the outside, Stephens got it.
You can argue that they only moved Stephens back from safety to cornerback because the depth was so thin, but at the same, why wouldn't they move Worley back? Will Stephens play cornerback again if Ya-Sin or Armour-Davis returns this week, or is this a one-week thing? Is Worley locked in at safety? We will find out next week.