Player of the Game: RB Ty’Son Williams
A 20-yard mad dash by Williams embarrassed three Panthers defenders before Williams rumbled into the end zone. He was already contesting against running backs Justice Hill and Nate McCrary before this game, and now he’s firmly entrenched in the final roster decisions moving forward. Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh was impressed Williams’ run, too.
“That was just a great football run,” Harbaugh said. “To get hit three or four times, break tackles, keep his feet while he was going down, put the arm in the ground—the old arm in the ground hold onto the ball, keep the ball up high and tight and launch himself into the end zone. That’s an old-school run right there.”
RB Nate McCrary — Led the Ravens in rushing yards with 64 and scored a touchdown of his own. Harbaugh believes he deserves to be a part of the roster conversation, along with Williams and Hill.
QB Tyler Huntley — A brutal beginning of the game, going 0-for-4 with a tipped ball turning into an interception being his first pass. But by games’ end, Huntley completed 24 of 34 passes for 187 yards. Huntley saw it as the Panthers getting lucky early on.
“[The Panthers] had some luck,” Huntley said postgame. “Tipped pass, an interception and a fumble right when the receiver turned around. I felt like they had some good luck going on in that first half. We just cleaned up and continued our drives.”
K Jake Verity — Knocking through another long field goal improves his resume as he stands at 3-for-3, all from greater than 40 yards.
TE Josh Oliver — A rough fumble in the red-zone is a significant mistake but according to Oliver that’s his first-ever fumble. However, he fixed the mistake by finishing with seven catches for 50 yards. He appears to have distanced himself from the rest of the competition for the No. 3 tight end slot.
S DeShon Elliott — An excellent preseason showing by Elliott tonight, where he laid some big hits and notched a sack.
S Chuck Clark — Not to be outdone by Elliott’s big hits, Clark laid the wood tonight and forced a fumble on RB Chuba Hubbard.
DE Chris Smith — He’s had a solid camp and a good preseason by all accounts. With his sack tonight, he’s up to 1.5 sacks in the last two preseason games.
S Nigel Warrior — Excellent game for Warrior, who is competing for the No. 3 safety spot. Good speed, and delivered four solo tackles tonight.
James Proche — After an utterly dominant training camp, Proche has only three receptions for 14 yards in the past two games. It’s not all on him and it’s unlikely he’s on the bubble anymore after such great work, but it’s beginning to look like Proche is another great receiver when in practice but hasn’t found the next gear in the games.
CB Chris Westry — Was beat badly across the sideline for a big gain by Terrace Marshall Jr. He has done well this preseason but tonight wasn’t his best performance.