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This is Preseason, This is Raven’s Football!
Baltimore will host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night to kick-off their preseason after the most anticipated off-season in Raven’s history to date. The acquisition of a true play maker to the Raven’s passing arsenal should prove effective even if the Joe Flacco-Anquan Boldin duo is only on the field for the first series.
The more pressing matter to keep your eyes on during the game will be as to how the already diminished secondary plays. Playing poorly should send red flares to the front office and justify the need of sending one of the teams premier running backs to another team in a trade for a starting cornerback.
Injury bug has plagued most of the secondary early in the season with corners Domonique Foxworth and Walt Harris already on the season ending Injured Reserve list. Let’s not forget about Ed Reed potentially missing the first 6 games of the season if he begins the year on the Physically Unable to Preform bus. The safety position seems secure to move forward without Reed with Dawan Landry and Ken Hamlin filling the holes, but the corners have seen better days.
Only three of the ten corners on the preseason roster have more than three years experience in the league. Predicted starters Fabian Washington and Chris Carr are among the three. The problem is that Washington hasn’t played a full-season since 2005 and is coming off of a torn ACL injury. By the way it also looks like the coaches will be making the decision on whether or not he is ready for the first preseason game. Carr could be held out of the game after a leg injury has seemed to hamper the corner.
The Ravens will look to the rest of their young players to prove that the team will not need to part ways with any of their veterans for secondary purposes. With possibly the top two remaining corners being held out of the game, the others will get plenty of field time against the Panthers Dwayne Jarrett and company.
Steve Smith is still listed on the PUP list, so the Ravens should get a true feeling about how the nickel and dime backs would play against another teams slot receiver.
This game marks the beginning and hopefully the end will be in Dallas, Texas hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.