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5 Ravens That Stood Out Against the Colts

August 20, 2018 - 11:27 pm

By Joe Schiller

It was a sloppy performance from both sides but the Baltimore Ravens came away with a 20-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts. They improve to 3-0 on the year and have won 11 straight preseason games - for what it’s worth.

Here are five players that stood out.

John Brown

Brown has been the talk of camp, developing a nice rapport with Joe Flacco in his first season with the Ravens. That connection showed tonight as the two linked up for a seven-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Flacco put some mustard on the ball and Brown showed off his concentration and footwork to make the impressive catch.

It was Brown’s only catch on the night in a small sample size but it’s certainly an intriguing sign. He signed a one-year, prove-it deal this offseason and has shown he’s more than a deep threat. If Brown can continue to work out of the slot and be a versatile receiver, he could very well have a bounce-back year in 2018.

Kenny Young

Kenny Young was the clear winner in the competition at weakside linebacker tonight. The rookie looked solid and was all over the field against the run and pass. He led both teams tonight with eight total tackles, five coming in a solo effort. His goal-line stop on the two-point conversion secured the Ravens’ win.

As great as C.J. Mosley is, he’s struggled to cover tight ends in the passing game. Young held his own against tight ends Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle, showing off impressive closing speed on open field tackles. Don’t be surprised to see Young continue to get consistent reps throughout the preseason and into the regular season.

Kenneth Dixon

In his first game action since 2016, Dixon played like someone fighting for a roster spot. He finished the night with 56 all-purpose yards – 32 on the ground and 24 as a receiver. It may not be eye-popping, but Dixon displayed burst and power when given the opportunity.

Alex Collins didn’t touch the field and Dixon still seems to be ahead of undrafted rookies Gus Edwards and Mark Thompson on the depth chart. He’ll continue to get more opportunities with two preseason games left to play.

Anthony Averett

Averett’s top moment of the night came on a goal-line stand from the Ravens defense in the third quarter. He broke up a potential touchdown pass to Daurice Fountain, made a stop on a run play and provided solid coverage on tight end Ross Travis. It’s the kind of play the Ravens are looking for from the fourth-round rookie out of Alabama.

With Jimmy Smith potentially facing a multi-week suspension, Averett could become an important piece to the puzzle in the secondary. He has the versatility to play in the slot and the scrappy nature to cover on the outside.

Those Nick Saban products are gold in the eyes of Ozzie Newsome.

Chuck Clark

With Eric Weddle getting veteran’s rest and Tony Jefferson dealing with a hamstring injury, Chuck Clark has quietly had an impressive preseason through three games. He saw playing time towards the end of the 2017 season and carried it over with a five-tackle performance against the Colts.

He won’t be an every down starter but Clark could excel in the dimeback role, covering routes across the middle and playing up against the run. Veteran Anthony Levine has made a career doing the same and Clark could act as the successor moving forward.