August 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Bobby Rainey (34) before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
With the first game of the Baltimore Ravens' pre-season schedule in the books, we finally have a taste of what some of the newest Ravens bring to the table. So let's take a look at what exactly these new faces bring to the Ravens.
Curtis Painter: The Ravens acquired Curtis Painter in free agency in April to contend for the #2 QB position, and Thursday night he did just that. Curtis connected on 7-of-14 passes, three of which were touchdowns. Overall, he had a very solid outing, and seemed very confident throwing the ball. As of right now, Curtis Painter is winning the battle for back-up QB.
Bobby Rainey: The undrafted-free-agent out of Western Kentucky was signed by the Baltimore Ravens originally as a training camp body, but after Thursday night is could be argued that he has a chance of making the 53-man roster. Bobby ran for 36 yards on 12 carries, including an impressive 13-yard run. He also contributed in the aerial-attack catching 3 passes for 28 yards, including a dazzling connection with Curtis Painter in the 4th quarter for a touchdown.
Deonte Thompson: The speedy Deonte Thompson was signed by the Baltimore Ravens soon after the draft to add a dimension the team that they've been working on recently; speed. He demonstrated that skill thoroughly connecting with Curtis Painter for 3 receptions, 53 yards, and even 1 touchdown. Much like Bobby Rainey, Deonte Thompson is also fighting for his spot on the 53-man roster. After a performance like Thursday night's, he's definitely making an argument for himself.
Jacoby Jones: Jacoby Jones was released by Houston after not fully living up to his potential of being the great receiver to play on the opposite side of Andre Johnson. But what Jacoby Jones is capable of is contributing greatly on special teams and being a solid 3rd WR option. Jacoby Jones wasn't too spectacular in his Ravens' debut, catching a single pass for 10 yards and returning one kick for 29 yards.
Omar Brown: Who? Exactly. Omar Brown is yet another undrafted-free-agent who is struggling to make a name for himself in an attempt to make the final roster. And while he probably won't make the roster, he had a strong showing Thursday night; recording a "hat trick" consisting of 2 fumble recoveries and an interception.
Ricky Brown: The 28-year-old linebacker originally was signed as an undrafted-free-agent by Oakland in 2006, but after an unimpressive five years, he was released. After an injury to Terrell Suggs, the Baltimore Ravens signed Ricky Brown to be a training camp body. Ricky had a decent debut recording 5 tackles in limited time. Ricky probably will not make the roster but still had a strong showing nonetheless.
Corey Graham: The pro-bowl special teamer was signed by Baltimore to patch up their shaky special teams coverage and to provide depth to an already stacked secondary. Corey had a very solid Raven-debut collecting 5 tackles and a sack. Corey Graham was probably the most impressive of the newest Ravens and looks to have a very solid season.
Justin Tucker: A lot of Ravens fans are still sore about Billy Cundiff's potential game-tying miss against New England in last year's AFC championship game, therefore undrafted-free-agent, Justin Tucker's strong training-camp performance has been drawing a lot of attention. Justin had a relatively strong Raven debut, hitting a field-goal from 36 yards away and hitting a trio of extra-points. Justin Tucker is fighting for the starting kicker job, and after his performance Thursday he is inching ever-so-closely to his goal.