It’s the final game of preseason as the Ravens take on the St. Louis Rams led by the first pick of the draft quarterback Sam Bradford.
You won’t see many starters as this game is really all about evaluating the remaining roster spots. Starters Joe Flacco and Marc Bulger (former Rams QB) aren’t likely to start. Rather, QB Troy Smith is expected to play the the entire game. Will this be Smith’s last game for the Ravens?
Players ‘on the bubble’ need to have a solid performance. There are some key positions to watch in this game:
Billy Cundiff vs. Shayne Graham: The kicking competition continues. Edge so far has to go Cundiff.
Defensive line: Terrence Cody had a knee procedure (should return in a few weeks) and that means players like Kelly Talavou, Brandon McKinney, Lamar Divens and Arthur Jones will by given more playing time. DE Edgar Jones, a solid player on special teams must step up on defense.
Cornerbacks: Keep an eye on rookie Prince Miller and veteran Travis Fisher. Both will be battling for a roster spot. The Ravens acquired CB Josh Wilson from Seattle for a conditional draft pick, which puts more pressure on both Miller and Fisher.
Receivers: Donte Stallworth’s injury means their will be an extra spot on the roster. Demetrius Williams, Marcus Smith and David Reed are players who have a lot riding on this game.
Linebackers: Jason Phillips has come on strong and if he has another positive performance he could make the squad. It’s been reported that Ravens are “intrigued with” rookie Albert McClellan’s pass rush ability. There could always be a surprise player added to the roster. Remember last year, they held on to an undrafted rookie named Dannell Ellerbe.
Who makes The Highlight Film:
Matt Jergensen: LB Jason Phillips
“Phillips will get plenty of snaps tonight to prove that belongs with the team. The former 2009 pick has had a good camp and pre-season but happens to be around a deep pool of talented linebackers. I think will prove to be an asset on Special Teams with his hustle and tenacity.”
Gene Winner: WR David Reed
“This is a game where receiver David Reed needs to stand out and show that he can separate himself from the competition. A touchdown reception and a good return may just be the right thing to win a spot on the roster.”