Whether it's a rookie attempting to establish himself as a household name, or a veteran seeking to reclaim a lost seat at the top, tonight's preseason matchup between the Ravens and Eagles has all the makings of an intriguing beginning to another eventful football season.
The Eagles have likely enjoyed the offseason most of all, landing star-studded free agents left and right—and at discounted price tags. Thursday will give us the first, but brief, glance at the self-proclaimed "dream team."
The Ravens did not make the free agency splash they did in 2010, but did not deviate from their norm, composed primarily of building through the draft. Many veteran playmakers departed in the past weeks, but now promising rookies will be called upon to step up and fill those voids.
Thursday's battle will be the first chance we have to watch these stories unfold. Here's a closer look at what players we watch tonight as the season's focus shifts from the front offices to the gridiron.