Heading in to the final preseason game tomorrow night against the Redskins, the Ravens have (for the most part) been very healthy. No major injuries to star players (with the exception of Tavon Young who coaches have yet to make a final decision on regarding an IR designation) have occurred. Ravens coaches will look to continue that trend by resting their starters tomorrow night.
That being said, many backups and roster bubble candidates will have plenty of time to prove themselves. The fourth preseason game has notoriously been viewed as the decider for the fate of players and their roster spots. Kyle Barber’s most recent article highlights players who will need strong performances to make the 53-man roster.
With Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden giving backup QB, Dwayne Haskins Jr. the starting nod for tomorrow, tremendous arm talent as well as his NFL inexperience will be showcased. Bubble players on the defense will either fall victim to Haskins’ occasional pinpoint accuracy or take advantage of his poor decision making.
On the offensive side, the fates of players within a crowded wide receiver and running back group will also be decided. Strong play from former draft picks such as Jaleel Scott and Kenneth Dixon will be needed if they want to stay on the roster. Additionally, a starter at the LG position has yet to be decided, and tomorrow’s game will surely clarify Coach Harbaugh’s eventual decision.
If you’re expecting any Lamar Jackson hurdles or long runs from Mark Ingram, you’ll have to wait until Week 1 against the Dolphins.