The first taste of Ravens football ends with a final score of 17-16. As we expected, hype surrounded the quarterbacks, but what we didn’t expect was Kamalei Correa wrecking the Bears.
Note: This post is more about the players who are on the roster’s edge. Matt Judon played just fine, but he’s not somebody fighting for a spot.
MVP: LB Kamalei Correa
My goodness, this man went to war. He ripped a catch away for an interception, then sacked the quarterback on three separate occasions. He was darn close to a second pick, too. Maybe he is an outside linebacker after all. . .
Kaare Vedvik — He kicked off, punted and completed all field goals. Five of his eight punts were inside the 20-yards, too. I highly suggest another NFL team to trade a late pick for the up-and-comer.
Robert Griffin III — If not for two ugly drops by Breshad Perriman and Nick Boyle, his stats read far better than 7/11, 58 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Tim White — Some good catches and solid routes. He was the starting return man for the first half and he’s shaping up to make the roster this season.
Gus Edwards — The UDFA from Rutgers posted great running and receiving. He may land on the roster as Kenneth Dixon once again is not on the field.
Orlando Brown Jr. — A man against boys when he was on the field, Zeus Jr. bullied pass-rushers all night. There’s some high-flying talent in this draft class which will keep him under the radar, but he’ll be a bright young player for years.
DeShon Elliott — Big hits is what the rookie was known for at Texas and he brought the heat early on, forcing a fumble. A young safety is what the Ravens need as Eric Weddle’s on his twelfth NFL season.
Chuck Clark — Both young safeties had an impact as Clark came down with the red-zone ‘tipped’ ball. Making the most of your opportunities is important and Clark cashed in.
Maxx Williams — Score a touchdown and you be better recognized. He ran a solid red-zone route and didn’t drop a pass.
Mark Thompson — A rough night for the tailback. He ran into the tackle and allowed a sack, then fumbled the football a series later. Gus took the lead in this roster battle after tonight.
Albert McClellan — The veteran linebacker was beat twice, for big plays, including a fullback touchdown pass. He’s known for his special teams value, but can that be enough for him to stay on the roster?
Breshad Perriman — Two catches don’t make up for the dropped pass, which turned into an interception. He’s on the outside looking in.