Here are updates on the Ravens' training camp battles unfolding at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills
Cornerback: Cary Williams is listed as the starter on the depth chart posted on the teams official site, but Jimmy Smith appeared to be among the teams most improved players before his back locked up last week, knocking him out of a few practices. Its too early to tell who will earn the starting spot opposite Lardarius Webb. Both are going to play a lot.
Defensive end: Arthur Jones has gained the early edge over Pernell McPhee, mainly because his injury (hip flexor) wasnt as serious as McPhees (knee), which kept him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list until recently. Jones is listed as the starter on the depth chart.
No. 3 receiver: This one is over. It was Jacoby Jones job to lose, and he didnt.
No. 2 running back: None of the three expected candidates (Anthony Allen, Bernard Pierce, Damien Berry) has made nearly as much noise as the unexpected candidate, Bobby Rainey, an undrafted free agent from Western Kentucky. But Rainey is a Ray Rice clone and the team might need a change-of-pace runner. This could be a spot where the team grabs a free agent near the end of camp.
No. 4 receiver: Tandon Doss was the presumed favorite, but he has barely been on the field (hamstring). LaQuan Williams has made more plays than rookie Tommy Streeter or anyone else. Undrafted free agent Deonte Thompson has faded a bit lately, dropping some balls. Scrap-heaper Logan Payne has impressed with his hands and knack.
Linebacker: This position wasn't on the list until rookie Courtney Upshaw missed more than a week with a bruised shoulder. He still isn't back, and Albert McClellan has turned heads into the meantime. Stay tuned.
Kicker: Rookie Justin Tucker has out-kicked veteran Billy Cundiff so far in practice, as even Cundiff himself admitted, saying Tucker has been "lights out." But if the job is still Cundiff's to lose, he has done nothing to lose it.