While the Ravens have high hopes for rookie first round pick Jimmy Smith (Colorado), it’s hard to imagine him starting or playing significant time Thursday night. Smith has battled a groin injury, he saw limited action in Saturday’s practice.
Veterans Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr will be the first Ravens on the field, with Foxworth seeing game action for the first time since the AFC Divisional Round playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts at the end of the 2009 season. Foxworth missed all of 2010 with a knee injury and will continue to have time monitored in the preseason.
Behind that group, expect some time from Smith and more time from third year corner Lardarius Webb. Veteran Cary Williams should get significant time behind them, as he appears to have the inside path to a roster spot. Behind that group are veterans Marcus Paschal and Danny Gorrer, as well as rookie Chykie Brown (Texas).
Expect to see undrafted rookies Talmadge Jackson (Oregon) and Josh Victorian (Louisiana Tech) in the second half as well.
The Ravens are so confident in their recently extended kickers that they didn’t even bother to bring in Training Camp help.
PK Billy Cundiff and P Sam Koch will see all of the team’s kicking responsibilities, at least until further notice.
It appears unlikely that LS Morgan Cox will be back in action in time for Thursday night’s game. Cox saw his 2010 season end early due to a torn ACL. While he’s still capable of snapping with the injury, it has limited his ability to block and move downfield, which has kept him on the PUP list to start Training Camp.
Undrafted rookie Patrick Scales (Utah State) will handle long snapping responsibilities in his place.
In the return game, expect to see Lardarius Webb handle punt returns to start the game, while Jalen Parmele would be most likely to get the first crack at kick returns. Chris Carr may also handle punt returns, and Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss could both handle kick returns during Thursday night’s contest.
It’s not a clear picture, but this appears to be as much as we know right now. Saturday’s practice wasn’t thrilling, but it did present the opportunity to get a better feel for what the team might look like when they see their first game action.