Ravens vs. Falcons, Preseason week 4: What to watch for

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Aug 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones (31) runs past Baltimore Ravens defensive back Kyle Arrington (24) during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Is the new look secondary really better than last year?

The Ravens made some moves to shore up their sorry secondary situation this offseason by adding veteran safety Kendrick Lewis, slot corner Kyle Arrington, and fourth round draft pick Tray Walker.  The results, so far, haven’t been much better.

The secondary has choked up 811 passing yards across three games and 5 touchdowns.  Surprisingly, some of the worst performances have come from Lewis, Will Hill, and Walker.  Lewis did well against the Saints and Redskins (0 receptions on 3 targets) but was picked apart by the Eagles (4 receptions on 4 targets).

Hill didn’t fare so well against the Redskins, giving up 2 receptions on 3 targets after giving up 0 on 1 target across the first two games.  Walker was torched against the Redskins, giving up 6 receptions on 6 targets and a dreadful 157.6 passer rating.

The Ravens don’t intend for Walker to play much in 2015 barring injuries, but when your two starting safeties are struggling, it’s not a good sign.  Those guys, along with struggling cornerbacks Asa Jackson and Rashaan Melvin will need to pick it up if the Ravens are going to shore up their pass defense in 2015.

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