Lions vs. Ravens: Baltimore's Winners and Losers from Preseason Week 2
The Baltimore Ravens fell to the Detroit Lions, 27-12, Friday night at M&T Bank Stadium, but the game was mainly about answering questions about the roster when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on September 10th. Here are some of the winners and losers from Friday's game:
LaQuan Williams: He had a couple nice catches in the first half. Williams is growing on me, and it's highly possible he starts the season as the team's slot receiver.
Justin Tucker: He hit two field goals, including a 50-yarder. Unfortunately Billy Cundiff was 2-of-2 as well, so he really didn't pick up any ground on the starting gig.
Deonte Thompson and Asa Jackson: Both guys had explosive return touchdowns that were called back by penalties.Special teams was a weak spot for this team last season, so hopefully they can find an explosive returner for 2012.
Omar Brown: Another fumble recovery for the former Marshall standout. Plus he recovered an onside kick late in the game. This guy simply makes plays, and that's what the Ravens defense is based on. There's a roster spot for him for sure.
Jimmy Smith: He had a back injury earlier in the week, so it wasn't clear if he would play. Well, covering Megatron obviously isn't the best medicine. He gave up a second-quarter touchdown and looked overmatched at times.
Emanuel Cook: Horrible missed tackle by Cook on the Stafford-to-Titus Young touchdown. Unacceptable for a guy trying to make the squad.
Bernard Pierce: Four carries, one yard. The third-round pick hasn't been very impressive in the preseason thus far and may lose his backup job to Bobby Rainey.
Tyrod Taylor: From what I've seen, he isn't an NFL-caliber quarterback...yet. Most fans would agree that the team could benefit from a veteran backup to Joe Flacco before the season starts.
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