Reporting Dan Mathews
Is LB Paul Worrilow For Real? We’ll get a second chance to see the Undrafted Rookie out of Delaware play on the pro level. In the first game, he racked up 12 tackles (10 solo) against the Bengals backups. Now, He’ll be going against players that will likely be on the Ravens team in September, October, November, etc.
Who is Lamar Holmes Competition at RT? I ask this, because Rookie Alec Savoie out of McNeese State was listed this week as the second team right tackle. Last week, Ryan Schraeder out of Valdosta State was getting the reps, when Holmes wasn’t. Schraeder is listed as Sam Baker’s back up at left tackle. We do know that Mike Smith is just looking for the best nine guys on the offensive line to make his final 53 man roster.
Who Can Rush The Passer? We saw DE Jonathan Massaquoi get the QB a couple of times last week against the Bengals. Same for rookie DE Stansly Maponga. But now, will we see Osi Umenyiora break through and get to Joe Flacco? How about Jonathan Babineaux or Kroy Biermann? This is an area of the field that people want to see improved in 2013.
Will CB(s) Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford Play Well Again? Both guys registered three tackles each in the loss to the Bengals last week in the Dome. Alford even had one tackle for a loss and two passes defended. How will these two play, when they have to go against someone like Torrey Smith?
Will Steven Jackson Get going this week? Mike Smith says the offense will play longer in Baltimore than they did against the Bengals. So with that extended playing time, will Steven Jackson be able to get into a rhythm? Last week, he only racked up five carries for eight yards. So now, he’ll try to get some yards against a little different looking Ravens D. This defense no longer has Ray Lewis or Ed Reed on that side of the ball. However, they have added Elvis Dumervil and still have Terrell Suggs on that side of the ball.