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Orlando Brown, Maurice Canady Make PFF’s Preseason Week 1 Team of the Week

August 14, 2018 - 10:39 am
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By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens dominated their way to a 33-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams last Thursday night, improving to 2-0 on the preseason.

While the starters have rarely played, John Harbaugh and the coaching staff have gotten an extended look at the rest of the current 90-man roster. It’s an audition for backups and lower depth chart players to make their case for the 53-man roster.

Following the first week of preseason – not including the Hall of Fame Game – Pro Football Focus named its preseason team of the week, grading the top players from all positions on both sides of the ball. Tackle Orlando Brown and cornerback Maurice Canady made the list for the Ravens, posting impressive preseason performances in the eyes of the grading scale.

Here’s a look at what PFF had to say for both players.

Brown:

“In 57 snaps at right tackle against the Rams, Brown didn’t allow a single pressure all day. He added in an impressive 82.7 run-blocking grade for a complete day at the office.”

Canady:

“Canady only spent nine snaps in coverage, but he made them count. The third-year corner picked off a pass on his only target on the evening.”

It’s been talked about before but Brown has gotten starting reps at right tackle with a shifted offensive line as Marshal Yanda continues to ease his way in and the rookie continues to impress. He’s shown his ability stretches far beyond a shaky combine performance in March and it’s an intriguing sign for the Ravens. They need to find a permanent starter at right tackle.

With a healthy Joe Flacco and an improved passing game, the Ravens could significantly improve one of the league’s worst aerial attacks from last season. It starts with keeping Flacco clean in the pocket, something Brown has been to show in a short sample size.

Yes, it’s early but Brown continues to prove his worth in Baltimore so far.

Canady earned the second-highest grade of any defensive players (93.8), only behind Texans linebacker Dylan Cole. The third-year cornerback returned halfway through last season after undergoing knee surgery to repair torn cartilage. He played in eight games and finished with one interception along with 24 tackles.

Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr will command the outside corner positions but Canady provides talented depth. He’s also a candidate to play in the slot along with Tavon Young, who returns from a torn ACL.

Canady’s interception against the Rams was impressive and the key for him the season will be staying healthy. A deep secondary in Baltimore could be one of the best in the NFL this season.