Rookie wideout Marquise Brown got his first preseason action coming off a pre-draft Lisfranc injury and was immediately targeted. Brown caught all four of his targets but only for 19 yards, suggesting he isn’t up to full speed considering Brown’s greatest asset is his deep speed.
Veteran defensive back Cyrus Jones made some impressive plays in coverage in the first half. He did surrender a couple of catches, but he recorded a stop and had a play towards the end of the first quarter where he read a screen and beat the guy blocking him quick enough to break up the pass.
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No starting quarterbacks for either club in this one. But that didn’t mean this exhibition was void of fireworks under center. Backing up Lamar Jackson, who was kept out along with other offensive starters for what coach John Harbaugh called a number of reasons, was Trace McSorley, the rookie out of Penn State who was working as a punt returner just two months ago. The diminutive McSorley was electric, connecting on 16 of his 24 passes for 203 yards and two TDs in the first half. The two scores were pinpoint perfect balls to Michael Floyd and Jaleel Scott, respectively. Three of McSorley’s attempts went to fellow first-year Marquise Brown, who saw his first action of the preseason since returning from foot surgery. Hollywood’s three catches went for 17 yards and the WR saw a successful two-point conversion called back by penalty, but Baltimore must be happy that its first-round prospect finally got some productive run with a live wire at QB.
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WR Michael Floyd
A player competing with Scott for a roster spot is the veteran Floyd. He also had a strong outing against the Eagles and caught three passes for 54 yards, including the 28-yard score from McSorley. Floyd stacked and beat the defender on the play and then ran under the pretty pass from McSorley. Floyd is a former first-round pick with eight years of NFL experience and 25 touchdowns under his belt, and plays like that touchdown show he still has gas left in the tank.
OLB Tyus Bowser
The Ravens are looking for players to step up in the pass-rush department, and Bowser came up with a sack early in the game on quarterback Cody Kessler. The former second-round pick forced his way into Philadelphia’s backfield on several occasions and collected a pair of tackles for loss to go along with the sack. He also forced a holding call in the third quarter with a powerful pass rush. Head Coach John Harbaugh praised Bowser after the game and the good showing Thursday night could help him as the Ravens trim down the roster.
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Baltimore Ravens: First-round pick Marquise “Hollywood” Brown isn’t in line to be a starter to open the season, if he’s playing at all. His recovery from a Lisfranc foot injury has been slow, while fellow rookie Miles Boykin and veteran slot receiver Willie Snead are the early-season favorites for snaps at wideout. No team figures to play with two tight ends on the field more often, with Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst rotating.
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The Baltimore Ravens were solid as a defensive unit when it came to run-defense (88.5) and pass-rushing (72.2) last season, but they lost two of their three highest-graded pass-rushers in Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith and could use Clowney’s help in replacing their combined 119 pressures and 18 sacks. The new additions of Shane Ray and Jaylon Ferguson, who has shown flashes in the preseason, will surely help to soften the blow of losing Suggs and Smith, but adding a player of Clowney’s talent to an already-nasty Baltimore defense borders on “just unfair” territory.