Ravens Defense: The Focus of Preseason Game 2
The Baltimore Ravens travel to Dallas for their second preseason game on Saturday night. With the exhibition game approaching the Ravens defense is the main exhibit for Baltimore’s faithful. After a lack luster showing in the first game the defensive starters have a real test. An impressive showing against the star studded Cowboys offense would alleviate concern in the defense. The starters are expected to play into the second quarter.
The Cowboys offensive line has been greatly upgraded in the past two years; it will be a great way to measure the defensive front’s merit. The Ravens battle at nose guard between the incumbent Brandon Williams and rookie, Timmy Jernigan will be very intriguing.
Williams has shown freakish strength but has been rather inconsistent. Jernigan is more explosive off the line in terms of quickness. The two young defensive tackles have a legitimate chance at the starting job. One thing is certain, they both have tremendous upside.
The Ravens defense do a better job setting the edge. The 49ers running backs were able to get to the outside with relative edge. The Ravens need to have stronger play from their defensive ends as well as better outside contain from their outside linebackers. This is where Courtney Upshaw specifically needs to step up.
The secondary is the big area of concern. With Ladarius Webb sitting out for cautionary reasons the Ravens are thin at corner. This is not really a horrible problem to have in the preseason. It provides valuable reps for the young and unproven. It will be interesting to see if Asa Jackson plays. Jackson suffered a minor injury earlier this week. If Jackson is healthy enough it is presumable that he, not Chykie Brown will fill Webb’s position. Jackson was more impressive last week. Darian Stewart is the clear frontrunner for the free safety job, though I think Terrence Brooks will start to have it click. That will be of great interest to me.
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