Ravens vs. Falcons: Highest and lowest rated players, week 4

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Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Terrence Magee (30) runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter at the Georgia Dome. The Ravens defeated the Falcons 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The fourth week of preseason games, known as the battle of the backups, never elicits much excitement. It doesn’t help matters when you’re going up against the opening day of college football either.  But Ravens fans tired of seeing the team get blown out the last two weeks were likely pleased to see a competitive game Thursday night.

The Ravens played reasonably well but had a difficult time putting points on the board until late in the game, when third quarterback Bryn Renner tossed a pair of touchdown passes.  A failed 2 point attempt cost the Ravens the victory, a move that they probably wouldn’t have made had this been a regular season game.

A lot of deep reserves, including Renner, made a strong case for themselves in this game, though it’s probably too late for many of them.  Among them, linebacker Brennen Beyer was consistently in the Falcons’ backfield, harassing quarterbacks and picking up a pair of sacks.

As we do each week, we are going to dive in a little deeper as we analyze snap counts and individual grades provided by the gurus at Pro Football Focus.  We’ll see who really played well, and who didn’t play so well, beyond the stat lines.

We’ll get started by taking a look at the highest rated offensive players, one of whom is a major surprise and a name you may not even be familiar with.

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