Pre Season Match-Up: Baltimore @ St. Louis

Game 4 – Pre-Season – 2012

Thursday, August 30th

“Final Evaluations”

The Ravens are coming of a strong victory versus the Jacksonville Jaguars last week in their third preseason game. The first team offense looked great, as well as the defense.  It was exactly what fans were looking for just weeks away from their first game of the regular season.

Heading into their fourth and final preseason match-up, all eyes will be on the players on the “perennial bubble.”  Coaches are making their final evaluations of players, players who in some cases could make the roster with a solid performance.

THE RAMS:

Last season was an utter disappointment for the Rams finishing 2-14.  In fact, the Ravens handed them one of their losses in week three (37-7).  The franchise fired Steve Spagnuolo and hired former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher.  This will be an important year for QB Sam Bradford, who has the skill set, yet needs to put together a consistent year.  The team added first round pick Michael Brockers, DT (14th overall)–the team ranked 31st against the run in 2011. The draft landed the offense a much needed speedy receiver in Brian Quick.  The franchise also drafted  cornerback  Janoris Jenkins and back up running back in Isaiah Pead.  A talented CB/FS Trumaine Johnson was a great selection in round three.

Players to Watch/Position Battles

OFFENSE:

Back-Up QB:

  • After a poor performance in game two, Tyrod Taylor came on strong versus the Jaguars.
  • Curtis Painter continues to impress: He has good feel for the offense and because he was coached by Jim Caldwell, he seems in his comfort zone.

Back-Up RB:

  • Bernard Peirce may have the edge, just because he has a little more power.  He showed patience hitting the holes.
  • Bobby Rainey is in the running as well (no pun intended) for a back up spot. He’s got great hands and understands the offense.  He’s been a consistent player this preseason–last week had 3 receptions for 73 yards, TD. The good news is there is room for both players to be on the roster.
  • Damien Berry showed great burst in game three, he ran for 40 yards on 7 carries.
  • Anthony Allen is a long shot.

Receiver: 

Rookie Deonte Thompson,  Tandon Doss,  and LaQuan Williams: All are vying for a team a spot on the roster. Suddenly the Ravens have talent and depth at the receiver position.

 

DEFENSE: 

  • OLB Courtney Upshaw: He’s made the team, that’s a no-brainer, yet should continue to get more reps. He had a sack against Jacksonville.
  • Safety Omar Brown: Has an opportunity to make the roster. Sean Considine has had two concussions and Emmanual Cook is out for the year with a broken leg.
  • CB Asa Jackson: Keep an eye on this rookie. He’s shown speed and has excellent return skills.
  • CB Cary Williams vs. Jimmy Smith:  Both have had their struggles in preseason. This game could determine who starts opposite Webb for game one of the regular season.

Special Teams:

  • New kicker, rookie Justin Tucker will obviously get the kicking dutties. The team released *Billy Cundiff—he “will take his services elsewhere.”
  • Kicking/Punt coverage still needs work.
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