Things To Look For Ravens Preseason Game 1

The Preseason will officially begin for Baltimore on Thursday evening. Here are the 5 things to watch for in the game vs. The 49ers.

1.) A Quick and Efficient Drive by the Starters
Ravens fans will get their first glimpse of Joe Flacco and company in the new offense. The starting unit will not see much playing time. The hope is for one good drive that ends with points. We keep hearing how sharp the offense looks. It would be nice to see it in the game.

2.) Watch The Offensive Line:
In particular watch the young offensive linemen. It will be interesting to see Ricky Wagner, as the second year tackle is competing for a starting job. The Ravens also will have rookie James Hurst play a bulk of the left tackle reps. Ryan Jensen will get some playing time at guard with his fellow back ups. All of this is good to watch as the right tackle job is still up for grabs.

3.) The Back Up QB Battle:
It is doubtful that the Ravens will keep 3 quarterbacks on the final 53 man roster. Tyrod Taylor and Keith Wenning are competing to be Joe Flacco’s back up. If Wenning does well in the preseason, Taylor may be done. Remember Taylor is a completely different style than Flacco and the Ravens would have to change the offense fir him. Wenning is a better fit with similar QB style as Joe. This is an advantage for Wenning.

4.) The Secondary:
Ladarius Webb will not play in the first two preseason games due to a back injury. It will be interesting to see who gets his snaps with the first team, and if this player can get the job done. With Aaron Ross out for the season the Ravens depth at the cornerback position is an issue. Terrence Brooks and Darian Stewart are competing fir the starting free safety job. Will Hill, who is suspended fir the first 6 regular season games, needs to have a strong showing.

5.) The running backs:
This game should give Ravens fans a good look at Lorenzo Taliaferro. The running game is a huge concern. It will be interesting to see it in action.

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