Catching 5-of-10 targets for 56 yards and two first downs with zero drops, rookie wideout Miles Boykin earned the seventh-best receiving grade (81.7) among qualifiers at his position this past week. He also caught 3-of-5 contested targets in the contest. Fellow rookie Patrick Mekari, an undrafted free agent out of Cal, allowed zero pressures across 27 pass-blocking snaps and earned an 86.7 pass-blocking grade for his efforts. Former Notre Dame defensive back Bennett Jackson, a 2014 sixth-rounder, earned himself a spot on PFF’s Preseason Week 1 Team of the Week with his 94.0 overall grade against Jacksonville last week.
Trace McSorley Under Center: In his preseason debut, McSorley looked… well, like a rookie. The Ravens are not typically a team that carries three quarterbacks on their roster, but with the injury to back up quarterback Robert Griffin III, McSorley could earn a spot on the roster. Ravens fans should look to see if McSorley makes any strides in his second game under center.
It’s understandable if Ricard had some doubt at the end of last season. He appeared in 10 of the first 11 games, averaging about 20 snaps a game -- 10 on offense, five on defense, five on special teams.
Harbaugh said Ricard simply didn’t fit in their game plan for the final five games.
”It’s tough to get on the [46-man gameday roster],” Harbaugh said. “Probably toward the end of the year ... I didn’t see enough to activate him compared to some other guys.”
Ricard finished the season with four tackles on defense and did not handle the ball offensively -- after catching two touchdown passes as a rookie.
Ricard said being inactive for the final month of last season “kind of really put that chip on my shoulder to leave no doubt, play hard, execute and do what they want.”
The Baltimore Ravens will see a little bit of Aaron Rodgers on Thursday night in their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. They’ll probably just shrug: The Ravens have won 14 consecutive exhibition matches.
Which doesn’t amount to a whole lot, when you think about it.
Except to John Harbaugh and his team.
’’We like to win,’’ Harbaugh says. ‘’The haters out there are going to have their own little snide comments. I think winning is better than losing.’’
The last Baltimore loss in a game that doesn’t count was in 2015.
Baltimore’s retooled defense opened the preseason with four sacks in a 29-0 rout of Jacksonville, offering evidence that the loss of linebackers C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith may not be as serious as first thought.
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The Ravens’ Mark Andrews and the Buccaneers’ O.J. Howard set the pace with the same 51.7% [in-line] DVOA and can expect to see a lot more targets there next year with another year of NFL experience for the former and hopefully better health for the latter.