The clocks strike triple-zero and the Ravens are 3-0 in the preseason. An up-and-down game for the team leaves the coaches with plenty of film to judge their players with.
MVP: Joe Flacco
He showed up, he threw darts and he threw a touchdown. The Ravens’ franchise quarterback looked great against this Colts defense and left the field with a great stat-line.
Joe Flacco: 7/9, 72 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack— Baltimore Beatdown (@BMoreBeatdown) August 21, 2018
QB Rating: 137.0
John Brown — He’s been a camp superstar. Time and time again I’ve posted how he’s making plays. Finally, on the national stage, Brown comes up big with a toe-tapping touchdown.
Michael Crabtree — Found the soft-spot in zone coverage and caught a 29-yard pass.
Kenneth Dixon — After missing the first two games of the preseason, the running back produced strong runs and moved the chains. He finished with 32 rushing yards on six carries and added another 24 yards from three catches.
Hayden Hurst — A strong catch with a defender draped on him and he carried the defender another six yards. He’ll look even better with Joe Flacco as his quarterback.
Chris Moore — Twice he was targeted, both times in the end-zone. He came away with one of them as Lamar Jackson fit the ball between the defenders.
Tim Williams — This is the second-straight preseason game where the sophomore linebacker sacked the quarterback. He also pressured Brissett on many more plays and added three more tackles.
Kia Nacua — A forced fumble from the safety keeps him on the coaches radar.
Michael Pierce — He stripped the ball from the tailback on the goal-line. If not for an unlucky bounce, this may become another red-zone turnover.
Anthony Levine Sr. — Just intercepting a starting quarterback is big, but to do it in the red-zone is special. He’s known for his special teams contributions but he’s much more than that.
Kaare Vedvik — The undrafted free agent hit a 48-yard field goal and completed all four PATs. He also had a 39-yard punt which landed inside the 20-yard line. He did have a punt blocked, but it certainly wasn’t his fault.
Terrell Suggs — Sacked Andrew Luck on third down. Nothing new here, but I’m not going to pass over Sizzle on this list.
Za’Darius Smith — A third-down sack on Andrew Luck. Every edge rusher is in on the sack-stravaganza.
Anthony Averett — Great string of plays with the Colts in the red-zone. Tackled a ball-carrier in the flat, broke up a pass and capped it off with perfect coverage against a tight end on the outside.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste — An up-and-down game, but his game ended with five tackles and an interception. One of the tackles occurred while he was being blocked in the back and he also stone-walled a receiver with a press technique early in the game. As I said, overall, he ends in the black.
Jordan Lasley — May have the ugliest drop of the preseason. After a great move to get open he dropped a touchdown pass from RGIII.
Janarion Grant — Fumbled as a returner and didn’t produce anything noteworthy on offense.
Tim White — Fumbled as a returner and didn’t produce at all on offense.
James Hurst — Blown up on a stunt from John Simon and fell into Joe Flacco for a sack.
Darious Williams — Allowed some bigger catches, including the game-tying touchdown and had a penalty in the end-zone.
Alex Lewis — Pre-snap penalty and ugly run-blocking leave the guard on the stock-down list. Not a good sign with two of the five starters landing on the negative list.