Fake Football: Round Two, at least for the Ravens that is. The Rams and much of the rest of the league will get their first snaps of the pre-season tonight at the Big Crabcake. Be mindful as our fearless leader has said previously, fake football is better than Fixer Upper reruns. So tonight will have several storylines to take note of, here are a few.
- Starters Debut – Tonight will be the first action for many of the starters on both side of the ball for Baltimore. It may only be a few series but I’m anxious to see if the offense led by Joe Flacco will transfer their positive press coming out of camp to live game situations. I wonder if Coach Don Martindale will continue to push the pressure and have his defensive unit use a more aggressive mindset. Selfishly I’d like to see Justin Tucker even for just one kick-off so I can bask in his glory. The position battles are one thing that can hold interest in the Pre-Season but I do love seeing the regulars for just a glimpse of action to get me even more excited about the upcoming season.
- LJ: Take Two – Most would agree that Lamar Jackson looked like a rookie last week. But today is a new day, yes it is. And the first-rounder is in front of the home faithful who will be buzzing at the chance to see what they have in the Louisville product up close. Each time he steps on the field is a learning experience so let’s see what he learned from last time out.
- Create Separation – The Ravens have a lot of receivers that they will need to make decisions on in a few weeks. Last week the ball was spread around quite a bit so it was hard to get a clear gauge on who’s in the lead. One thing for certain is that Breshad Perriman still needs to catch the football. Hayden Hurst will also be one to watch off catching his first touchdown last week. Another strong game from him means that I’ve found my new jersey for 2018. Hopefully he’ll be paired with fellow draftee Mark Andrews in some double sets to see what these guys can do.
- Sack Attack – Kamalei Correa was very impressive in Canton. Now its time for players like Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, and Bronson Kaufusi to get their names called for much of the night.
- Watch Me – During the second half it gets tough keeping your attention to a meaningless game so pick out a player and stay with him for several series. Tim White, Kenny Young, Jaleel Scott, Gus Edwards or are just a few possibilities. Each player is fighting to find a spot on the roster so it’s fun to guess who will breakout tonight and make people take notice.