The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Washington Redskins 23-3 on Thursday night. The Ravens defense looked outstanding and deep. Coordinator Dean Pees was aggressive for a preseason match, he sent blitzes consistently against both the pass and run with great success.
Special teams remain a clear advantage for Baltimore. And while Ryan Mallett struggled with his accuracy, the Ravens success running on the interior was encouraging. Overall, a step in the right direction for the 2017 Ravens.
- OLB Terrell Suggs
Entering his 15th season, ‘T-Sizzle’ is the undisputed team leader. After training hard in the offseason, he pressured Cousins on the first snap of the game and then stuffed Kelley for a short run on the second. Tone setter.
- DE Brent Urban
Lived in the backfield throughout first half. Officially credited with four solo tackles, two forced fumbles and a sack on just a handful of series.
- RB Buck Allen
Showed off plus vision and a newfound desire to run between the tackles. Also blocked well on a blitz pickup and made the most of his catches out of the backfield.
- CB Jaylen Hill
The undrafted rookie from Jacksonville State received plenty of pregame praise and did not disappoint. Showed off capable coverage and sound tackling before corralling an interception.
- WR Tim White
Followed up a smart fair catch with a solid gain on end around in the first quarter. Continued fielding punts and kickoffs, indicating he may be the frontrunner for the return man roster spot. A nice adjustment on a 33-yard touchdown grab was icing on the cake.
Honorable mention: It is difficult to gauge performances against lesser competition, but undrafted rookie receiver Quincy Adeboyejo flashed with a couple nice catches and brought back memories of Torrey Smith when forcing a pass interference call. Fellow undrafted rookie, tailback Taquan Mizzell, proved to be a nifty runner with exciting burst.