NFL Preseason: Standout Baltimore Ravens in Game One

Paul StaggContributor IIAugust 13, 2010

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 29:  Mark Clayton #89 of the Baltimore Ravens prepares to run downfield against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 20-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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The Ravens beat the Panthers, 17 - 12.

The weather in the second half really put a damper on things (HA!). Both teams shut down the playbook and pulled back on the throttle to make sure no one got hurt, which is a shame for the players who need the time on the field to make the team.

One piece of good news—there were no serious injuries for either team.

Who looked good:

Mark Clayton made a couple solid catches and returned a punt.  He didn't play like someone who is fighting for a job, and after that performance, he's probably the number three receiver.

Terrance Cody made a one armed tackle while the other arm was still fighting off an offensive lineman.  He knocked down a running back with a glancing blow. The massive DT (and apparently FB) is going to make a difference this year.  He looked big, strong, and in decent shape.

Prince Miller played well at corner, and the punt run back was impressive.  This might be that diamond in the rough the Ravens need to find at the position.

Offensive Coaches during the first quarter looked like a cat that just caught a mouse.  You know, just toying with it a little before the kill.  It looked to me like the first team offense could do whatever they wanted.  Notice Ray Rice didn't touch the ball once?

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Cary Williams got an interception and had a couple of nice plays. Once he comes back after the suspension, he's going to add a lot to a secondary that's pretty thin.

Who didn't look good:

Troy Smith was inconsistent.  I think he looked uncomfortable until the quarterback draw for a touchdown in the third quarter.  Word out of camp has been that he has not been playing well. He'll need to step up if he wants to be the second string QB; something I think the Ravens are still considering, given what he can bring to a 'wildcat' style offensive play.

Edgar Jones, one of my favorite players, did not have a good game.  He had a couple of big mistakes and dumb penalties.

The first team Offensive line made a couple of mistakes.  Pass protection looked pretty shaky.  They need to come together as a unit as the preseason moves along, and they need to get settled in to who really will be starting at which position.

And a shout out to the Panthers:

Both Matt Moore and Jimmy Claussen looked very good. Both of these guys look like they have the potential to be stars at QB.

Next Ravens game:  Saturday, 7PM.

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