Ravens vs. Saints: 3 things to watch for

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Jul 30, 2015; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws to wide receiver Breshad Perriman (18) during day one of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

How will the wide receiver competition pan out?

The wide receiver competition is, like last year, fierce and unpredictable at this point.  While Breshad Perriman and Marlon Brown toil on the sidelines with injury, Jeremy Butler and Kamar Aiken are impressing and soaking up valuable reps.

If Perriman can’t get back on the field soon, he risks losing the starting job to Aiken, at least in the short term.  The Ravens figure to be conservative with their prized rookie and bring him along slowly.  They are also confident that Aiken can handle the job.

Brown has the most to lose as a player who has a lot to prove after a promising rookie season was followed by a disappointing sophomore season.  If he wants to compete and get on the field, he has to get out of the tub and show something this preseason.

Meanwhile, guys like DeAndre Carter and Darren Waller are going to be fighting for snaps (and roster spots) as well.  The Ravens are going to once again have a hard time deciding who to keep on the final roster.  The next four weeks will do the bulk of that work for them.

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