I wish I could say I had a lot of good things to write about the Ravens after their second postseason game but unfortunately I did not. I stayed in last night to watch the game and I was pretty excited to take notes to write this blog. I am going to jump right in to what stood out to be in the Ravens 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions.
First thing I will say is they should not hang their heads on letting Calvin Johnson aka Megetron go off on them, because no one can stop him.
Next I will go into what I was most excited about which was watching the running backs besides Ray Rice compete. Bobby Rainey didn’t impress as a running back (3 carries for 3 yards) but did have 4 catches for 20 yards, 1 punt return for 8 yards, and 2 kickoff returns for 43 yards. He may not be able to get it done as a running back but I love how he plays on the return game, and so far he deserves a final roster spot. Anthony Allen had only one rush for -2 yards and a catch for 12 yards. Bernard Pierce had a rough debut will 4 rushes for just 1 yard. Pierce needs to get it going.
Flacco looked alright and Painter clearly looked like the number 2 with Taylor being the number 3.
Last week the Ravens had many receivers stick out and this time they did as well but with some different names. Laquan Williams had another good game with 2 catches for 22 yards. Veteran Anquan Boldin had a couple of receptions, and Miami product Damien Berry had a nice game with 6 catches for 59 yards. Tight End Bruce Figgins had 2 catches for 12 yards as well. Besides that, I do not have too much to report from the receivers, however, Deonte Thompson had a kick return for 42 yards (and had a TD taken away) and Jacoby Jones had a return for 28 yards.
Now for the defensive side of the ball. Omar Brown who was always in the right place at the right time last week, had another fumble recovery. He always had an onside kick recovery. Another guy who stood out to me was Paul Kruger who will replace Terrell Suggs this season who is injured. The last guy who stood out to me made me really happy last night. In my players to watch earlier this off season, I mentioned him and he was rookie 5th round pick Asa Jackson. He had 3 tackles and a pass deflection. He also had one punt return for 40 yards and had one touchdown return taken away. I’ll say it before and I will say it again, when he has the ball in his hands he is tough to tackle.
Finally, both kickers were 2/2 from field goals except I give Tucker the edge over Cundiff because he hit and 50 yarder and Cundiff’s longest was 44.
Competitions are really started to heat up so tune in to their next preseason game which is Thursday August 23rd against the Jacksonville Jaguars at 7:00.