Baltimore Ravens top Redskins: Take home points
By Darin McCann
Here are your take home points for the Baltimore Ravens preseason win over Washington:
The Baltimore Ravens have wrapped up the preseason. If you’re a fan of penalty flags and prominent players layered in bubble wrap on the sidelines, well, the final preseason game of the year might just be the thing for you. Also, if you like preseason wins, well, the Baltimore Ravens might just be the team for you.
The Ravens topped the Washington Redskins by a score of 20-7 on Thursday night, wrapping up a perfect 4-0 preseason, and extending their consecutive preseason win streak to 17 games. It was not an aesthetically pleasing game for the most part, and most of the starters and key rotational players were held out, but there were some things that stood out:
• Trace McSorley showed again what he is — a smart, tough quarterback who has good pocket awareness and can be spotty with his accuracy from throw to throw. He looks like the kind of guy who can be a trusted backup for 10 years who coaches really want to have in their position and meeting rooms. The Ravens are better if he’s on the team.
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• Jaleel Scott. I had him written off this team before the offseason got into swing, and now I want him to not only make the final 53, but to get significant time in the regular season. He appears to be one of those guys who can get open on a slant whenever he wants by getting quick body position, and has good tracking skills downfield. He can play a role, on third downs and the red zone at the least.
• Tyus Bowser is another who has exceeded my expectations all summer. He was everywhere tonight, and watching him and Tim Williams chase Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins was a beautiful sight. Bowser should get some significant snaps this season if he continues on this arc.
• Otaro Alaka is just so interesting. He is always around the ball, and never stops chasing the ball. I just don’t know if the numbers will be on his side.
• Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is an exciting player, and it would be fantastic if he could become a guy that goes in to field a punt when the team needs a spark, in the same manner that DeSean Jackson did during his first stint with the Eagles. But, yeah… we’re not there yet. Let’s put a pin in that for now.
• I’m not sure that the left guard position is nailed down yet. I’m not sure how this line will play when it shows up in the opener against Miami next Sunday, as we haven’t seen a lot of the starters play together. That’s all I got. I go into this season clueless.
• Kenny Young is explosive, exciting and… sometimes, reckless. He is fun to watch play, and the hope is the coaches can get him to tighten up his game. He has all-world talent.
• Kenneth Dixon would be a nice fit in a tandem backfield in Houston with Duke Johnson. In fact, Dixon would be nice in the Ravens backfield, as he is a very gifted back who runs through tackles and ends runs going forward. It just feels like his clock is up in Baltimore, for one reason or another. He’s a good player.
• Sean Modster reminds me of Brandon Stokley, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see him have a nice career. It’s just hard to see a path for him with the Ravens, outside the practice squad.
• Justin Bethel made a few nice plays on defense, including a near-interception despite being interfered with by the Redskin receiver. It will be interesting to see what happens with him this weekend. He was presumably brought in for his special teams work, and his extended snaps tonight no doubt came because so many players were being held out of action. But football plays get the attention of football coaches, and if he shows he can provide something else, well, that can only help, right?
• Patrick Ricard spends a lot of time on the other side of the line of scrimmage, if he’s on offense or defense. After watching his role decline as last season went on, he was another that was written off by many coming into this offseason. It would now be shocking if he doesn’t make the team.
• Jaylon Ferguson does not do a lot that pops off the screen, but he is another one who gets across the line of scrimmage a lot. He might be a guy who constantly improves as he learns more. He gets good angles against blockers and pushes hard going forward,
• Let’s get on to the regular season.