The Ravens began their summer preseason just as everyone anticipated: with another summer victory, extending their winning streak to an impressive 24 consecutive preseason matchups. The game concluded with a final score of 20-19, taking place at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium in Maryland.
Huntley got things back on track in the third quarter, connecting for a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tylan Wallace after a 7-yard scoring toss from Josh Johnson to Devin Duvernay earlier in the game.
With the Ravens' preseason debut resulting in their 24th consecutive victory in these inconsequential games, this particular one against the Eagles, several thought-provoking questions emerge. One of them involves the backfield, and we're not even talking about holding-in J.K. Dobbins!
Do Justice Hill and Keaton Mitchell have Melvin Gordon hanging by a thread?
When the Ravens signed MG3 ahead of training camp and gave him a contract "worth up to $3.1 million," per Adam Schefter of ESPN, some fans were a bit shocked to learn about the deal being a little bit on the overpaid side of things.
It was later revealed that the deal included only a bit over $1.1 million in guaranteed money, with every single dollar on top of that linked to incentives. It was a shrewd move by the Ravens, even more in hindsight and knowing that J.K. Dobbins is determined to keep his ongoing hold-in up for the time being.
Coach Harbaugh didn't use any his running backs heavily on Saturday, instead deciding to split the workload evenly between a good bunch of rushers against the Eagles.
No running back got more than six totes with Melvin Gordon and UDFA Keaton Mitchell topping the list and locked-in roster-players Justice Hill and Gus Edwards getting three and four carries respectively.
Gordon rushed the rock for a measly 16 yards on 6 attempts while Keaton Mitchell logged 11 yards and Justice Hill led the backfield with 48 on just three carries. No running back scored a touchdown, with Hill having the longest run at 37 yards.
As quoted by Kyle Barber of Baltimore Beatdown, Hill said "I should’ve hit the hole there, it was wide open but I got kind of blocked and so I just made something happen," when discussing the play above.
Harbaugh also gave rookie Mitchell his flowers, saying that he "looked good," pointing out his "good return game." The coach thinks the way the UDFA rusher carried the ball "was good," highlighting how the freshman "got the ball north and south most of the time--did a great job there."
As noted by Barber in his post-game notes, Mitchell scored a 35-yard rushing touchdown but it didn't count as the refs called a holding penalty on OL Jaylon Thomas. Yikes.