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Five Ravens That Stood Out During HOF Game

August 03, 2018 - 12:13 am
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By Joe Schiller

Football is back! The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears officially kicked off the NFL season in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Thursday night.

As expected, it was a sloppy game throughout filled with turnovers, penalties and plenty of inconsistencies. In the end, a failed two-point conversion attempt from the Bears was the difference as the Ravens inched out a 17-16 victory.

With the majority of starters sidelined for both teams, we got an extended look at the backups and bubble players, who will be fighting for limited spots on the 53-man roster this season.

Here are five players who stood out for the Ravens.

Kamalei Correa:

Following two disappointing seasons to start his career in Baltimore, Correa came into the offseason firmly on the roster bubble, but tonight was a different story. He made his impact early, snagging an interception off Chase Daniels during the Bears’ third offensive drive. It was part of a huge game for Correa as he totaled six tackles, three sacks, two passes defended and three quarterback hits.

Correa looked much more comfortable back at on the outside, his natural position coming into the NFL. It’s a crowded pass rush group with Terrell Suggs and Matt Judon but Correa put his name into the mix on the depth chart with his performance. Sure, it wasn’t against starting talent but Correa made the best of the opportunity he was given.

RGIII:

With no Joe Flacco, RGIII took the reigns as the starting quarterback for the Ravens. In his first game action since the 2016 season, Griffin was solid. He finished the night 7-for-11 with 58 passing yards, a touchdown pass to Maxx Williams and an interception that was deflected off the hands of Breshad Perriman.

Griffin looked comfortable in the pocket and even showed off his patented speed that earned him NFL Rookie of the Year honors back in 2012. He’ll continue to get extended looks in the preseason and for Griffin, this is not only an audition to make the Ravens’ roster, but to potentially get signed elsewhere as a backup if he’s cut before the regular season.  

Kaare Vedvik:

The Ravens seem to have a knack for finding undrafted talent, especially on the special teams side. Vedvik, the Marshall University product, had a strong performance. He nailed a 31-yard field goal and averaged an impressive 48.1 yards per punt.

Vedvik showed off Justin Tucker-like range during training camp after kicking 67 and 70-yard field goals. The special teams unit is all about solidified with Tucker and Sam Koch handling the regular season kicking duties but Vedvick will be a fun player to watch throughout the preseason.

Much like Griffin, he’ll be an intriguing option to opposing teams if he hits waivers. There’s always need for kickers in today’s NFL.

Hayden Hurst:

The Ravens’ first-round pick got his first taste of NFL action and showed off reliable hands in his debut. Hurst finished with three catches for 14 yards, including a touchdown from fellow rookie teammate Lamar Jackson. He also had another strong, physical catch that was negated by a Breshad Perriman penalty.

Hurst also impressed as a blocker and figures to fit right into Marty Mornhinweg and Greg Roman’s offensive scheme. As long as he can continue to stay healthy into the regular season, Hurst should figure to develop a nice rapport with Joe Flacco.

Tim Williams:

Tim Williams’ injury-riddled rookie season in 2017 left much to be desired but the former Alabama standout showed off impressive pass rush skills against the Bears. While he didn’t record a sack, Williams finished with six quarterback hurries and one quarterback hit, per Pro Football Focus.

Williams possesses a wide range of pass rush moves. From spins to using inside leverage to duck inside past offensive tackles, Williams was fun to watch. He, along with Tyus Bowser, are expected to make big leaps in the pass rush department this season.

Honorable Mentions: Kenny Young, Orlando Brown Jr, Gus Edwards, Tim White