The Ravens take on the Washington Redskins this Saturday in their second preseason game. Here are a few areas of importance and players to focus on during the game:
1. The Secondary
The Ravens secondary led by Tom Zbikowski will go against a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback and better receiving core this week. Redskins Quarterback Donovan McNabb knows how to read blitzes and can make completions under duress. The Redskins also have an experienced receiving core with WR Santana Moss, WR Joey Galloway and TE Chris Cooley.
Cornerbacks Cary Williams and rookie Prince Miller played well last week, this will be a good test facing a better receiving core. We may get a chance to see how Fabian Washington performs, he is expected to play.
2. More Blitzing? & Defensive Players To Watch
Defensive Coordinator Coach Mattison blitzed heavily in the first game against Carolina. Will the blitzing trend continue? The team may be changing the idea of ‘front four pressure’ philosophy and getting back to ‘organized chaos’ in an attempt to take the heat off the secondary.
Terrence Cody: Coming off a convincing preseason start on defense, Cody looks to impress again. Let’s see if he gets another shot on offense.
Paul Kruger: After the added bulk he still possesses the high motor. His motor was running well in the fourth quarter and if he continues to improve that will be great news for the defensive line.
OLB Antwan Barnes really brought the heat last game. He’ll be looking to take advantage of more opportunities.
3. Offensive Line
Against Carolina the offensive line could have done a better job in pass protection. In order for QB Joe Flacco to thrive they need to keep the pocket from collapsing.
This game will be good challenge for right tackle Oniel Cousins as well as left tackle Michael Oher. The Redskins have a good pass rusher in LB Brian Orakpo and DT Albert Haynesworth who can be disruptive force.
Right tackle Oniel Cousins left the filed on Wednesday with an apparent headache from exhaustion. It is to be hoped that he will be ready for this game. Tony Moll would fill in for Cousins. Or rookie Ramon Harewood may be the next man up.
4. Rookies On Offense To Watch
Ed Dickson: The rookie tight end looked impressive in his debut; big target with speed. It would be great to see him get more reps with the first team.
David Reed: The rookie receiver didn’t play bad in his first game, but he didn’t stand out either. Having a good practice this week, he’ll try to turn it up a notch.
Curtis Steele: The rookie running back had some solid runs, yet he struggled with ball security. He’ll get more opportunities to prove himself.