Ravens Preseason Week 1: Game Info & 10 Things To Watch

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Before you tune into tonight’s preseason game between the Ravens and the Redskins, here are ten things to look out for–as well as where you can find the game.


WHAT: Preseason Week One
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, August 10
WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore (71,008)
2016 RECORDS: Redskins, 8-7-1; Ravens, 8-8
LIFETIME SERIES (preseason): Ravens lead, 6-3; Ravens lead in Baltimore, 4-1
TV: WBAL-TV (Channel 11) (Gerry Sandusky, Brian Billick booth; Evan Washburn, sidelines)
RADIO (simulcast): WIYY-FM, 97.9 (Sandusky, Billick, Washburn)
REFEREE: Brad Allen

TEN KEY RAVENS TO WATCH VS. REDSKINS

Courtesy 24 7 Sports

1.QB RYAN MALLETT
The 29-year-old backup started camp erratically but has calmed down and been a bit more consistent in recent days. He’ll need preseason repetitions in case Joe Flacco’s absence is an extended one.

2. RB TERRANCE WEST
Not much has been said or written about the former Towson back who is the de facto starter for now. He’s had a quiet camp, but if he plans on reviving the Ravens’ laggard running game, he needs to start making noise now.

3. WR JEREMY MACLIN
Even though it’s only preseason, this new slot-receiver acquisition needs to show right away that he can be the kind of playmaker the Ravens have long sought.

4. RT JAMES HURST
Much-maligned for his spotty play — he was the one thrown back into Flacco in 2015, causing the quarterback’s season-ending knee injury — he still holds down the starting job (for now), even with the addition of free agent Austin Howard.

5. OLB TIM WILLIAMS
It’s not known if the rookie rush-linebacker will be on the field at the same time as high-priced Washington starting quarterback Kirk Cousins. If he is, the visitors might want to get Cousins off the field quicker than anticipated.

6. DT MICHAEL PIERCE
Last year’s undrafted free-agent gem made his first impression in the final preseason game, and went on to have a solid season in a limited role. With Timmy Jernigan gone, he will be expected to be more consistent.

Courtesy Baltimore Sun

7. CB LARDARIUS WEBB
The Ravens’ troubled slot-corner corps has been thinned by injuries, so it may be up to the old hand Webb, who has had surgeries on both knees throughout his career.

8. WLB KAMALEI CORREA
Last year’s limited playing time could lead to more preseason reps than would normally be expected from someone who could be a starter. Correa seems more relaxed, striking a fine balance between showing off his motor and playing within himself.

9. DE BRONSON KAUFUSI
Last year’s third-round pick missed the entire season with a broken ankle and has not stood out in camp. The defensive end position is a crowded one, but Ravens draft picks usually get longer leashes than most players.

10. WR-RS MICHAEL CAMPANARO
If he is healthy, he is a lock to hold down at least one of the return jobs. At the very least, he has shown good hands, deceptive speed and field awareness.

(Joe Platania, a Baltimore native, was the 1998 Maryland Sportscaster of the Year, a 2010 Maryland Sportswriter of the Year finalist and has covered the Ravens throughout their entire history. He has spent 38 years in Baltimore sports media.)

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About Joe Platania

Veteran beat writer, Joe Platania, is entering his 39th year in Baltimore media. He covers sports with insight, humor, and prescient eye. A former longtime member in good standing of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the Pro Football Writers of America, Platania manned the CFL Stallions beat for The Avenue Newspaper Group of Essex (1994 and ’95) and the Ravens beat since the team’s inception — one of only three local writers to do so — for PressBox, The Avenue, and other local publications and radio stations. A sought-after contributor and host on talk radio and TV, he often appears on “Inside PressBox” (10:30 a.m. Sundays) and he can be heard at 10 a.m. Saturdays on the “Purple Pride Report,” WQLL-AM (1370). He has also appeared on WMAR-TV’s “Good Morning Maryland” (2009), Comcast SportsNet’s “Washington Post Live” (2004-06), and WJZ-TV’s “Football Talk” postgame show — with legend Marty Bass (2002-04). Platania is the only sports journalist in Maryland history to have been a finalist for both the annual Sportscaster of the Year award (1998, which he won) and Sportswriter of the Year (2010). He is also a four-time Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association award winner. Platania is a graduate of St. Joseph’s (Cockeysville), Calvert Hall College High School, and Towson University, where he earned a degree in Mass Communications. He lives in Cockeysville, MD.



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