Five guys to watch tonight

The Ravens will travel down I-95 later today to take on the Redskins in the Battle of the Beltways.

That’s still what we’re calling this, right?

This will mark the Ravens’ second preseason game of the year and their first trip to visit the Skins at FedEx Field since the 2007 preseason.

Here are five players who you should keep an eye on tonight:

Tony Moll, T

Moll will almost certainly get the start at right tackle with Jared Gaither (back) and Oniel Cousins (head) battling injuries, and this is his chance to prove that he’s capable of playing with the first-team. The Redskins have a very strong pass rush (defensive end Andre Carter and linebacker Brian Orakpo each had 11 sacks last year), so Moll should face plenty of pressure.

Fabian Washington, CB

The last time Washington appeared in a game was nearly nine months ago to the day. Tonight, the six-year veteran will be able to strap on the pads and give his surgically-repaired knee its first true test since he tore his ACL last November. Washington took it slow with his rehab, but he has been participating in full team drills the last couple weeks, and game action is the next test. The Ravens badly need Washington healthy, so they’ll be watching him and that left knee very carefully tonight.

Jalen Parmele, RB

Parmele’s line in the preseason opener against the Panthers: minus-7 yards on seven carries and a lost fumble which was returned for a touchdown. Yikes. The third-year running back did return a kickoff 28 yards, however, and he should continue to get reps as the Ravens’ top kick returner tonight. He needs to show well in that aspect against the Skins. Holding onto the football and gaining positive yardage when handed the ball from scrimmage would be nice as well.

Jason Phillips, ILB

At this point, Phillips needs to capitalize on every opportunity he’s presented if he wants to make the Ravens’ 53-man roster. The second-year man out of TCU posted six tackles against Carolina last week, which led the team. He needs to back that up with another strong performance tonight. There is a lot of quality depth on the roster at inside linebacker, and Phillips has to prove he’s worthy of keeping around.

Billy Cundiff, K

Shayne Graham got both field goal opportunities last week against Carolina, so we can assume that Cundiff will get the bulk of the chances in that department tonight. Cundiff has arguably outperformed his competition in training camp, and he made the most of his limited chances in the preseason opener, as two of his three kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. I still think the Ravens would prefer Graham win the kicking job, but if Cundiff takes care of business in game opportunities, he’ll make it tough for the team to let him go.

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