Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens: Rookies to Watch in Thursday's Game

Kyle CaseyCorrespondent IIIAugust 21, 2012

Thursday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars is the most important game of the preseason for the Baltimore Ravens. The starters will likely play three quarters in the game, which will give the team a chance to evaluate the roster as final cuts loom.

But the players that viewers need to keep an eye on during the game are the newcomers, particularly the rookies.

With the starters playing for the majority of the game, it'll be interesting to see how many rookies get rotated in with the starters.

Here are some rookies who will likely play with the starters on Thursday night.


Justin Tucker

Each day it becomes more apparent that Justin Tucker will win the kicking battle for the Baltimore Ravens.

He consistently out-kicks Billy Cundiff in practice, and in games. Tucker is perfect on three field goal attempts so far in the preseason, with his longest coming from 50 yards. Friday's game could be an opportunity for Tucker to further separate himself from Cundiff.


Omar Brown

The biggest surprise for the Baltimore Ravens so far this season has been the stellar play by safety Omar Brown. The undrafted free agent from Marshall has made his name known in the first two preseason games, as he has been a part of five possession-changing plays. 

Brown has earned the opportunity to play with the starters for at least a series or two, and it'll be interesting to see if that happens on Thursday night.


Bernard Pierce

Despite running for just one yard on four attempts in his NFL debut last Friday, running back Bernard Pierce will see some reps with the first-team offense. 

Pierce is currently the favorite to win the backup running back job, but fellow rookie Bobby Rainey is giving him a run for his money in the competition. Thursday's game gives Pierce the opportunity to separate himself from Rainey and possibly win the competition.