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Ravens' stock up, stock down: Rick Wagner's job is safe, what's going on with Daryl Smith?

A look at which players improved their standing for the 53-man roster this past weekend.

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Stock up

Rick Wagner: Wagner got all of the first-team reps at right tackle again and was the reason Ray Rice was able to run for 18 yards on one of his two carries before the shoulder injury. Any doubt has been erased as to whether Wagner can at least be a steady presence at right tackle, it would seem.

Deonte Thompson: This is relatively speaking because Thompson didn't record any stats in the receiving game. However, running back a kickoff for 108 yards and a touchdown does prove his value as a backup for Jacoby Jones. Given that it happened in the second preseason game, when bubble players need to stand out, the coaching staff could be thinking hard about whether to keep him on as the sixth receiver.

Bernard Pierce: Pierce got the start on Saturday and ran for 55 yards on seven carries. One of those runs was a 30-yarder, which helped his yards per carry average jump to 7.9. Granted the Cowboys don't have a good defense, it's apparent Pierce will be ready to start Week 1.

Kyle Juszczyk: Juszczyk's stock will likely continue to rise all preseason as it's clear he'll be a major factor on offense. While he only had two catches for nine yards, Juszczyk was used in motion quite a bit and lined up in the slot. While he won't be the first read for Joe Flacco in the passing game, he will be a key component to how Baltimore disguises what it wants to do offensively.

Pernell McPhee: McPhee, who moved to outside linebacker a season ago, will likely play a little bit of that and five-technique this season, if Saturday is an indicator. With Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore out for the season, the Ravens need another body to rotate in on the defensive line's rotation. McPhee had a great game, recording a sack and two quarterback hits.

Stock down

Dominique Franks: With injuries to the secondary, Franks got some early time with the ones. And he disappointed. OK, sure, he had to defend Dez Bryant. But the discrepancy in talent couldn't have been more evident. Franks is lucky, though. With all the injuries the DBs have faced this preseason, he'll be one of the few bubble guys that gets another shot to impress the coaching staff this Saturday against Washington.

Daryl Smith: Smith had three tackles, one of which went for a loss. But his tackling in run support was dreadful. It's early, yes, but run support was an issue for him a year ago. For what he adds in pass coverage, Smith will need to get back to the fundamentals of tackling. If not, the Ravens may have to look at a C.J. Mosley-Arthur Brown combo after the first few games of the regular season.

Keith Wenning: Wenning went 2-4 for 23 yards in his first meaningful action. He didn't look that comfortable and he lost a fumble while being sacked. Tyrod Taylor will be able to rest at ease after that performance since Wenning won't likely get much time this Saturday. Wenning may actually need to sweat out what was otherwise thought to be a sure-fire 53-man roster spot given his status as a sixth-round draft pick.

Omar Brown: Brown only got on the field for 13 snaps. In his time, he, like the other safeties on Saturday, displayed poor tackling habits and committed a helmet-to-helmet penalty. For as impressive as Brown has been the past two preseasons, the coaching staff probably does deserve the benefit of the doubt of knowing more about his game than the general public.

Albert McClellan: Was McClellan getting rest or could this be a sign of things to come? The versatile linebacker only saw eight defensive snaps, though he was on the field for eight special teams plays. His name did not appear on the stat sheet.