In the Ravens’ preseason opener last Thursday, the majority of the team’s starters played a full first quarter.
This Friday against the Chiefs, the playing time for the “ones” will get bumped up a bit.
Head coach John Harbaugh said today that he plans on increasing the reps for the first-team guys, and many could play close to the full first half.
“I think the starting group, so to speak, will play well into the second quarter,” Harbaugh said. “We have a shorter offseason this year, we didn’t have any OTAs. We need to get ready to play. We’re going to be playing a regular season game very soon.”
With that said, there are a few select veterans on the roster that the Ravens know will be ready on Sept. 11 when the Steelers come to town, regardless of how much work they see in the preseason. Those guys, Harbaugh said, will see a little less action than the rest of the “starting group”.
And I think you know who I’m referring to.
“There are certain guys that don’t need to play that much,” Harbaugh said. “Ray Lewis is an example, Ed Reed is an example. So, those guys will be pulled a little earlier.”