Takeaways from Baltimore Ravens 29-0 win over the Jaguars
By Ian Schultz
The Baltimore Ravens extended their unbeaten streak in the preseason to 14 straight games. Here are some takeaways from last night’s contest.
The Baltimore Ravens got their preseason off on the right foot with a 29-0 domination of the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
Lamar Jackson performed well finishing the night 4/6 for 59 yards and touchdown pass to Willie Snead. Jackson played the first three series of the game and looked relatively sharp and had two completions to preseason hero Chris Moore who continues to assert himself in the preseason. Let’s hope that carries over to the regular season time.
Miles Boykin continued his preseason hype tour last night with four catches for 39 yards. Boykin has incredible size and seems to use his body extremely well to get a cushion from his defender. Hollywood Brown was the headliner at wide receiver in the draft, but as he continues to work his way back to 100%, Boykin has been a shining star so far.
One of the main things that stood out to me last was the play of Chris Wormley. He was consistently in the backfield last night and picked up one tackle for loss. The loss of Brent urban this offseason was an underrated one in my books but Wormley looked the part of a solid replacement last night.
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Another player along the defensive line that had a great night was two-way player Pat Ricard. Ricard has been impressing at fullback in the Ravens run oriented offense and was trending to find his way onto the 53 man roster. His performance last night on the defensive line aided that quest for the roster immensely. He was everywhere defensively last night with four tackles, two sacks, and two tackles for loss. The Ravens are loaded on the D-Line and Ricard throwing his hat in the ring is welcomed sight.
I am on record as saying that running back Kenneth Dixon is going to find his way onto this team somehow and last night’s performance did nothing to change that. Injuries and suspensions aside, when Dixon is able to get onto the field he is productive. Last night he had four carries for 21 yards including a 16 yard run. The numbers game for the Ravens is going to be tough, but if Dixon continues to perform like this, he is at least setting himself up to be trade bait.
Two other takeaways for me was the play of Tim Williams and Kaare Vedvik. Williams, who was put on notice by defensive line coach David Culley, responded well in the first preseason game with four tackles, a half a sack, and a QB hit. Williams looked consistently quick on the edge finding his way into the Jacksonville backfield regularly.
For Vedvik, he has had a rough training camp to date but responded beautifully last night going 4/4 on his field goal attempts including a 55 yard bomb. Hopefully the other teams in the NFL are unaware that his camp has been less than stellar and choose to focus on last night’s masterpiece.
It wasn’t all good last night for the Ravens. I thought Anthony Averett had a rough night overall. The second year corner was very handsy last night and was thrown at seven times. He did have a pass break up in there, but overall I thought his performance was uneven at best. UDFA WR Antoine Wesley was non-existent last night after having a nice camp so far. Hayden Hurst, looking to justify his first round selection last year, is also on the milk carton this morning.
All in all, it was a nice performance from the Ravens and most importantly they appeared to come out of it healthy. Their next preseason contest is next Thursday against the Green Bay Packers at M&T Bank Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30.