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Five Ravens That Stood Out Against the Rams

August 09, 2018 - 10:59 pm

By Joe Schiller

Here’s a look at five Ravens who stood out in a dominant 33-7 preseason win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Joe Flacco:

Flacco and the rest of the starters sat out last week against the Chicago Bears but the veteran quarterback made his preseason debut tonight. The sample size was short but Flacco led Ravens on a 10-play, 70-yard drive in his only series on the field. He finished the night 5-of-7 for 71 yards, including a six-yard touchdown pass to Pat Ricard.

This time last year Flacco was sidelined with a back injury almost the entire offseason. One year later he looked sharp, showed zip on the ball and was comfortable in the pocket. He even showed off his legs and provided a textbook slide at the end of the play, something he’s struggled with in the past.

One series was all John Harbaugh and the coaching staff needed to see. Flacco converted two third downs and connected with new targets Michael Crabtree and Hayden Hurst in the process. Flacco will see similar playing time throughout the preseason and a limited sample size is what fans should expect.

Pat Ricard:

Fullbacks are seldom used in today’s pass-heavy NFL but the Ravens have consistently implemented the position into their offense. Following the departure of Kyle Juszczyk, Pat Ricard has worked his way into the role in Baltimore and impressed against the Rams.

Ricard, the former undrafted defensive tackle, caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco on the Ravens’ opening drive. He turned around and saw reps on the other side of the ball in the trenches, finishing with four total tackles and one quarterback hit on the night.

With the depth on the defensive line, Ricard figures to see most of his reps on the offensive side of the ball. He’s an essential lock to make the 53-man roster at this point and there are few NFL players that can provide the versatility that Ricard does at the highest level.

Orlando Brown:

Following an extensive workload during the Hall of Fame Game, Orlando Brown saw plenty of work at right tackle one week later. He worked with the first, second and third team offenses well into the third quarter before being replaced. The rookie third-round pick is a behemoth of a player and continues to impress at a position that’s up for grabs.

While Marshal Yanda continues to ease his way back into the offseason, James Hurst has started at right guard, leaving Brown to get the majority of reps at right tackle. Austin Howard anchored the position for the Ravens during the 2017-2018 season but he was cut early in the offseason.

Despite work ethic and athletic concerns surrounding Brown heading into the NFL Draft, he’s showed his potential so far through two preseason games. If Brown can continue to translate his 6-8, 345-pound frame to the NFL level, there’s a legitimate chance he could be the starter at right tackle come Week 1.

Breshad Perriman:

There’s no typo involved with this one, Breshad Perriman finished as one of the standouts tonight against the Rams. He didn’t touch the field until the second half but led all receivers with 71 receiving yards - which included an impressive 32-yard touchdown grab from Robert Griffin III late in the fourth quarter.

Perriman showed improved technique, reaching out for catches and even the ability to haul in contested passes. The Ravens felt enough about the former first-rounder to pick up his $650K roster bonus early in the offseason and the potential has always been there but so have the inconsistencies.

Perriman will have to show more than he did tonight but with Jordan Lasley dropping passes, Tim White hurt and Jaleel Scott not showing much, Perriman only helped himself.

Tim Williams:

I highlighted Williams as a standout performer last week he continued an impressive preseason campaign again. Williams finished the night with five total tackles (three solo) one sack and a forced fumble. 

Considered primarily a pass-rush specialist coming into the NFL, Williams has shown the balance between getting to the quarterback and stopping the run during the preseason. That’s crucial in earning playing time among a talented group of Terrell Suggs, Matt Judon, and Za’Darius Smith.

There’s no question a log jam exists at outside linebacker spot, especially with Kamalei Correa showing a spark. Williams must continue to show flashes as a complete outside edge rusher and so far so good for the second-year product out of Alabama. Barring injury, he should make the 53-man roster but how much playing time will he see in the regular season?