The Ravens’ historic preseason winning streak will always matter to coach John Harbaugh “It’s always good to win,” He said the team had completed a fifth consecutive unbeaten preseason last August – but entering Thursday night mattered less.
The Ravens had just three expected starters available for their opener against the Tennessee Titans. The best of them, outside linebacker Odafe Oweh, played just a snap before coming to his pad on the side of M&T Bank Stadium. A debilitating 2021, perhaps the worst any NFL team had faced this Centrue, made health an even greater priority for the Ravens, who changed their medical staff and training camp schedule this off-season. To better protect your players,
What hasn’t changed, at least not yet, is their Precision dominance. The Ravens’ 23–10 win over the Titans extended their streak to 21 games, Longest run by any team confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau since 1995, The Ravens’ last presidential loss occurred on September 3, 2015, when rookie safety Kyle Hamilton was only a freshman at High School.
“It means a lot to the culture, just to show that we are a winning team,” said quarterback Tyler Huntley. “And we don’t care what kind of game it is, the Ravens are going to fight to get the win. So we just have to keep going and just keep grinding and improving ourselves.”
With both starting quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Ryan Tanhill, watching from the sidelines, the Ravens led the Titans 389–299 and forced three turnovers. And he seemed to avoid serious injury, with wide receiver Tylon Wallace also Suffering only a minor knee sprain,
A month before their season opener, the Ravens were far from perfect. He missed the block, whispered on the tackle and struggled with the penalty. But his precision streak? He remains spotless.
“It’s always a good time to come back to ‘The Bank’ and play football,” said security Tony Jefferson. “There was some drama here and there that we wished we could come back, but overall, I feel like everyone is playing fast. There are some things we can clean up, but this is the first game, and like I said, it’s exciting to be back there.
Here’s a look at the risers and fallers from Thursday’s game.
QB Tyler Huntley
Huntley’s first half won’t change the perception of anyone who saw him replace Lamar Jackson last season. He was accurate (16-for-18), careful (6.1 yards per attempt) and effective on the ground (three carries for 14 yards). His 14-yard touchdown pass near wide receiver Shemar Bridges had a four-minute well-run drill. Huntley’s performance marked a high water mark for his first run of Camp and Precision, however. In Tuesday’s final team drill for the offense, he missed two receivers running his routes against the wind. He missed just two passes against a real defense on Thursday.
“Tyler played brilliantly,” Harbaugh said. “His numbers were off the charts, and drove the offense really well. The timing was really good in the passing game.”
WR Shemar Bridge
If he hadn’t already, Bridge pulled himself apart from the pack of the Ravens’ unruly rookie at wide receiver. He had four catches for a 62-yard game, with Huntley on the end-zone fade for a 14-yard score, then with Anthony Browne for a 38-yard bomb. Bridges arrived in Baltimore with little fanfare; He played just six games in his final two seasons at Division II Fort Valley State, recording 41 catches for 693 yards and three touchdowns. But with his size (6ft 4,207 pounds) and hard work, he quickly became a quarterback and coaches alike.
“He’s a big, physical guy,” Harbaugh said. “He goes up and takes the ball. He posts pretty good speed in practice. He hits hard on special teams in practice. And not just him. That young receiver corps fought. Every man stepped up and Took some plays. It’s going to be interesting. It’s good to see, and we’ll see how it plays out.”
CB Kyle Fuller
Until recently finding his footing, the Baltimore native struggled through the first 10 days of camp. With the Ravens experienced depth and rookie investments in the position, it was reasonable to wonder whether Fuller might need to shore up his roster spot over the next three weeks. His salary of $1.2 million makes him somewhat expendable. But when the Ravens took the field for the warmup, Fuller was among a group of defensive backs who were off the pads. This is a good sign for their job security.
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In off-season workouts, the fourth-round pick worked through exercises, occasionally dropping to one knee as he worked to retrieve. But Falley passed the team’s conditioning test before the Ravens’ first full-team practice and has been one of the team’s stable tackles in training camp. He saw a lot of time in the right tackle on Thursday and had a good hold on the safety of the pass. On the Ravens’ opening score, Falley’s down block helped create a block of space for Mike Davis to run back.
“Falle, compared to the first week when he got here, it’s just wonderful to go all the way,” Harbaugh said. “He’s come a long way, and I thought he played well.”
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An even deeper security room is low on the Ravens’ wish list, but Stone’s solid camp continued with another good walk. The 2020 seventh-round pick packed a game’s worth of plays into a fourth-quarter drive, trailing Trenton Cannon for a loss before breaking a deep shot to wide receiver Treylon Burke, then juggling intercept, With the arrival of Kyle Hamilton, Stone may have to settle for special teams glory this season. But he’s doing what he can to earn the Ravens’ trust in the secondary.
“I’m trying to do as much as I can for this team,” Stone said. “If it’s special teams, try to be a leader this year, finding my role on defense – that was one of my biggest goals. I try to do everything I can for the team Am.”
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Defense understands what players do best. As offensive coordinator Greg Roman said last week, “You have to try to get the players to score as many goals as possible, so you can mask any tendencies.” And as much as potentially provides as a receiver (four catches for 40 yards), there’s still plenty of room for improvement as a blocker. In the first half, he found no push for Wallace at one end. On another carry, leaving Justice Hill behind, he seemed to drop his defender after a quick engagement. Possibly catching a penalty that canceled the first down was also flagged twice. (On the other, Hill seemed to bounce out unexpectedly, compromising the prospect’s position somewhat.)
“It’s just adversity,” Possibly said of the penalty. “Coming into your first game, a lot of things are happening at once and your enthusiasm level is at an all-time high, especially playing in the National Football League. So there’s just a few things that I’ve got to clean myself up, block, hand in, and just keep building on them.”
WR Tylon Wallace
Calm Wallace got two opening touches with the opening offense for most of the camp: a 3-yard catch and reverse stopped in the backfield for a loss of 4 yards. But the 2021 fourth-round pick left the game in the first quarter with a minor knee sprain and did not return. A protracted injury would be a major setback for Wallace, who has dealt with knee injuries at Oklahoma State and hurt the Ravens’ special teams.
running back clarity
Mike Davis (five carries for 22 yards) opened the Ravens’ scoring with a comfortable goal-line run, but didn’t really move the pile between tackles. Rookie Tyler Baddie got the most action (six carries for 19 yards and two kick returns for 46 yards), but his pass safety remains a question mark. Hill looked like he had regained his burst, but his action was limited (three carries for 11 yards). Nate McCurry had the Ravens’ longest carry (21 yards), but remains a long shot to make the roster. Thursday was never going to settle the contest, especially with JK Dobbins still rehabilitating his knee injury, but there was no clear winner on the night either.
“They all look great,” said Harbaugh. “It’s just a matter of looking at the tape and grading it, really.”
Precision, Week 2
Ravens @ Cardinals
Sunday, August 21, 8 p.m.
TV: Ch. 45
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