There is a lot on the line in the preseason games. This is a look at the players with something to gain against the Colts:
Quarterback: Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III still has to convince the Ravens that keeping three quarterbacks is the only way forward. The Ravens roster math is getting tricky because the outlook for the 53 man roster looks more concrete by the day. Keeping three quarterbacks isn’t going to make things any easier for the Ravens.
Flacco has nothing to gain from this game. He is the starter no matter what, as long as he is healthy. Jackson is going to make the team, the Ravens have a lot riding on his future. Sure, it would be nice to see him make progress, but Jackson can’t change the Ravens quarterback situation tonight. That means Griffin III, is the only player at this position with anything to play for.
Griffin III has looked efficient, which has been a real boost to his cause. Jackson has been anything but efficient so far making Griffin III’s steady performance very appealing to the coaching staff. Griffin III has to work on wowing us now. The 32 yard touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman, against the Rams, was Griffin III’s only flashy play of the preseason. Griffin III has only thrown six incomplete passes in two games. He’s proven that he can be a game manager and a solid backup. Now he has to sweeten the deal by flashing big time play-making ability. Griffin III has a lot to gain because he has to make it impossible to cut him.