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Preseason Game #3 – Baltimore Ravens @ St. Louis Rams 8/23/08

With only 16 days until the start of the season for the Purple and Black things should start to get at least semi-serious. Some things to watch as you watch the game.

1. Crowded Corner – Since last year saw injuries take the starting corners out of the picture and thus allowed the defense to get picked on like an ear of fresh Maryland corn. The team has brought in a host of players looking to fill the void. The main matchup to keep an eye on is between David Pittman, Derrick Martin, and Ronnie Prude. Martin is coming off a solid showing from last game but is questionable with a shoulder injury for tomorrow. Pittman has worked hard and adds bulk and as of now Prude may be the odd man out. But, that’s why you compete on the field.

2. Troy Smith = Starting Quarterback? – I at least held this off to number two on the list. Coach Harbaugh has said that this doesn’t mean that Smith is the starter but rather that they need to give him a longer look. This competition has broken down to presidential dimensions on the radio shows and blog networks, each side giving reasons why Smith or Boller should lead the offense. It’s also fairly public that most of the team is behind Troy. In my view, it looks like Smith will get every opportunity to take the prize and he should be starting against the Bengals.

3. No ends on Tight Ends – Newest signee Adam Bergen had a respectable showing last time out and that’s important as Todd Heap and Dan Wilcox have seen very limited action. We may also see backer Edgar Jones line up at a position he hasn’t played since high school. That tells you how dire the situation is.

4. Hold that line! – The O-line has shown a certain Swiss cheese like consistency. But, there is a possibility Adam Terry will see some time against the Rams and the team is said to be talking with former, Titan, Ram, and Bear Fred Miller.

5. Terrell Suggs – The hybrid is back and should at least see 15 snaps tomorrow. He wants a major payday but coming off such a mediocre year he needs to impress this year. Will be return to T-Sizzle form or is he just T-Fizzle?


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