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Despite a Win; First Preseason Outing Showed Little

The Baltimore Ravens exhibition win over the New England Patriots last Thursday was uneventful except for the following:(1) Ravens HC John Harbaugh had the team playing crisp, mistake-free football for the most part unlike the team’s past performances under former HC Brian Billick;(2) the Ravens QB picture is still clouded since none of the three contestants distinguished themselves; and(3) the most impressive Ravens players were DT Justin Bannan, WR/KR Yamon Figurs, RB Ray Rice, DB Haruki Nakamura and LB Brenden Ayanbadejo;and (4) the best play of the night involved a 52-yard punt return by Figurs down to the NE 2-yard line where the speedster was caught from behind by LB Gary Guyton of the Patriots. It reminded me of the play where Washington Redskin DB Darryl Green caught Dallas Cowboy RB Tony Dorsett from behind at the 2-yard after a ninety-eight yard run.

P.S. If I was the Patriots I would be pursuing a trade for a starting left CB after watching the Ravens QB Kyle Boller open the game with 3 completed consecutive passes to WR Derrick Mason over CB Fernando Bryant. IMO a possible trade with the Philadelphia Eagles could fetch disgruntled left CB Lito Sheppard for WR Chad Jackson and a 2009 second-day draft pick.

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