Ravens highest and lowest rated players: Preseason week 3

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Aug 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) runs throw Washington Redskins defensive back Dashon Goldson (38) tackles during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Highest rated offensive players

Rick Wagner (3.0), Kaleb Johnson (1.7), Crockett Gillmore (1.3), Marshal Yanda (1.1), Steve Smith (0.7)

Perhaps the best news to come out of the entire game is the return of right tackle Rick Wagner, who had a true breakout season in 2014 before going down with a foot injury.  He played 35 snaps and performed equally well as a run blocker (1.7) and pass blocker (1.2).

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Johnson was a big surprise on our list but filled in nicely at left guard across 23 snaps.  He is still a roster long shot but this performance certainly helps his chances with injuries currently decimating the offensive line.

Crockett Gillmore seems to have a tight hold on the starting tight end job despite a few flashes by Maxx Williams.  He played 40 snaps and showed well as a pass blocker (1.5), but only so-so as a run blocker (-0.6).  Used sparingly as a receiver (a product of the sieve like o-line), Gillmore caught 1 of 2 targets for 7 yards and forced two missed tackles.

Yanda is going to get paid somewhere in the next year, whether that be Baltimore or elsewhere in free agency.  He played 35 snaps and was solid as usual in all areas.

Steve Smith was his usual feisty self, and is clearly going to be the number one option in the passing game for at least the first part of the season.  The Ravens simply don’t have anybody else that can match his production, for now.

Smith secured all 4 of his targets for 95 yards (15.3 avg) and a touchdown, forcing a missed tackle on his long 63 yard reception.  Chances are still high that Smith will wear down a bit as the season goes on, but the old man’s still got it.

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