Before the game gets started the Baltimore Beatdown staff went ahead and shared their ‘Bold Predictions’ for the upcoming preseason matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens. We also ask you to share your bold predictions in the comment section, therefore you can boast about your comments when the game is over and you’ve called your shots.
After all the chatter pertaining to the lack of pass rush for the Ravens, Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams combine for three sacks and add in some solid pressures for a great night defensively.
On offense, rookie WR Miles Boykin underwhelms fans with only a few catches for under 50-yards, which brings about worries from the fans as to when the Ravens will finally find their immediate star receiver. Meanwhile, the run game flourishes as Kenneth Dixon, Justice Hill and Tyler Ervin grind out over 150 yards combined and a touchdown. — Kyle P. Barber
UDFA linebackers E.J. Ejiya, Otaro Alaka and Silas Stewart steak the show defensively and on special teams. The three are vying for the potential fourth ILB roster spot.
Charles Scarff has shined at times over the past few weeks, and Trace McSorley will find him early and often as a security blanket.
Jaleel Scott continues to show out and build on a strong summer reeling in a highlight touchdown catch in the red zone. — Spencer Schultz
UDFA’s will shine on Thursday night, specifically DL Gerald Willis III and WR Antonie Wesley. Both players have looked good in camp but showing out on the big stage will significantly help their chances to make the roster. Wesley will haul in a touchdown reception and Willis will wreak havoc against the Jaguars offensive line.
Trace McSorley will be the delivery man on Wesley’s touchdown, while also throwing for over 200 yards passing and completing at least 60% of his passes. Running back Tyler Ervin will also help his odds at earning a roster spot by returning a punt for a TD. - Frank J. Platko
Anthony Averett shuts down Jacksonville’s second-team receivers on a consistent basis. Averett was always underrated in both man and zone coverage and that will show tonight. If the Ravens weren’t so deep at cornerback, Averett would definitely contend for a CB2 spot.
At the same time, OT Greg Senat struggles to consistently protect Trace McSorley and provide lead blocking abilities in the run game. A poor start to his preseason will only create more uncertainty with his roster spot and the backup left tackle spot. Offensive line depth is already a concern, and Senat under-performing won’t do him or the offense any favors. — Adrian Charchalis
Defensively, Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott each have an interception tonight.
Switching to offense, the offensive line will shine and Ben Powers will start to plead his case for a starting position on the offensive line. Trace McSorley also performs well tonight and has people turning heads and starting the question of whether the Ravens should carry three quarterbacks. — Zach Rohde
Trace (Unitas) McSorley gives the coaching staff something to think about regarding keeping three quarterbacks on the final 53-man roster as he tosses two touchdowns and runs for 25+ yards in a big-time second-string performance. — Jake Louque
Kaare Vedvik has a big night hitting multiple kicks over 40 yards. Vedvik makes a strong case for other teams to invest a draft pick instead of wait and see approach. Talking to you Chicago. — Taylor Ciotola