So now that nearly a day has passed since the Ravens’ first preseason game, how has it settled in?
The overall result was nice - a 31-17 win over the Falcons where the second- and third-teamers had their way with their opponents’ players of the same level. That’s a positive.
The part of the game that mattered, however, had to feel a little troubling. It’s way too early to read into it and there are lots of reasons to just throw it out, but the top offensive unit was ineffective and the top defensive unit wasn’t the least bit dominant.
Primarily intact, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Co. couldn’t convert a first down in the opening quarter and were left in the game for the first drive of the second quarter just to try to take something good from Game 1.
They finished with a plus, moving 77 yards in 11 plays for a Flacco-to-Ed Dickson touchdown.
Back to the negative, however - Dickson suffered a sprained shoulder in the contest and reports indicate he could be out for the rest of the preseason. So that’s Dickson and Dennis Pitta (broken hand) down atop the tight end depth chart? Not good for a team that already is working with a new-look offensive line.
There were some standout performances:
* Quarterback Tyrod Taylor looked more polished than a year ago, passing for 64 yards and running five times for 51 more.
* Wideout Deonte Thompson, a rookie free agent out of Florida, made three catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
* Tailback Bobby Rainey, a rookie free agent out of Western Kentucky, rushed for 36 yards and caught three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.
* Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo made four tackles and an interception.
* Safety Omar Brown, yet another rookie free agent, had an interception and a fumble recovery.
All in all, not an awful first day. There might be some finds in there. But there appear to be some kinks to work out atop the roster and a little more than a month to do so.