Ravens Football Is Back! Here is what you need to know tonight:
The Carolina Panthers will be in Baltimore tonight to start the preseason. This game would be a heavy weight fight in the regular season. In the preseason it’s less of a crowd pleaser. That being said it’s good news that Ravens football is back. Here is what you need to know for the first preseason game.
1. No Joe Flacco
The Ravens will not play Joe Flacco tonight. There is nothing to be alarmed about. There just is little point in trodding Flacco on the field. Flacco is the franchise quarterback. Without him the Ravens are in trouble. Why woukd they risk anything in the first game of the preseason?
2. Ronnie Stanley Will Play
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Stanley had a soft tissue injury on Saturday. It turned out to be the minor injury the Ravens claimed it to be. He is expected to play tonight. It will be interesting to see what he can deliver. It is also going to be interesting how much he plays. Stanley is a rookie. The preseason is valuable for him. The problem is he is pegged as a starter and the Ravens are being cautious with their starters. Stanley’s playing time is something to watch for. When he is on the field, all eyes will be on him.
3. Running Backs Have A Chance To Steal The Show
The Ravens have four exciting running backs in Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon. Lorenzo Taliaferro also has a chance to prove why he belongs on the team. Justin Fosett’s job is safe. The Ravens will use a running back by committee this season. That committee will be determined in the preseason. Since the Ravens have six running backs on their roster and five of them are good running backs, this may just provide the preseason entertainment.
4. The Score Doesn’t Matter. The Process Does:
There will be many fans who tune out of the game early tonight. The backups own the night. It will get a little sloppy and the score doesn’t matter. If you flip to the Olympics or just start watching Netflix, there is no shame in that. It’s just important to remember that the process matters. Jobs are on the line. Every play is watched closely by the Ravens coaching staff. For many of tonight’s players this game is life or death for their careers.