The fourth preseason game is one where young players and those on the bubble are looking to make a final positive impression.
Here are five that helped their case in making the roster:
Simon may not have been on the bubble, but he didn’t make much of an impact as a fourth-round rookie last year, and he didn’t flash much in the preseason. That is until Thursday. Simon feasted on the Saints. He finished with three tackles, including two for loss, four quarterback pressures and a sack. The sack ended his night. Simon was getting constant pressure and was stout against the run.
Campanaro finally got his chance to shine in the second half and made the most of it. Campanaro hauled in three catches for 55 yards and had another 21-yard snag called back because of a penalty on offensive lineman
Thompson scored his third touchdown of the preseason with a nice 8-yard extended snatch in the back of the end zone in the second quarter. Thompson is known more for his speed than his hands, so it was good to see him make the difficult grab. He had three catches for 25 yards on the night. Neither Thompson nor Campanaro would let the other pull away in the battle at wide receiver.
Toussaint finished with 17 carries for 103 yards, an impressive 6.1-yard average. Toussaint ripped off the two longest Ravens runs of the night. He had a 23-yarder in the first quarter, then a 21-yarder in the second quarter. Toussaint showed his speed to get to the outside and was shifty with good vision to cut back between the tackles too. Toussaint has a slew of running backs ahead of him on the depth chart, but Thursday night’s outing put him on the map.
As a fifth-round pick, Urschel was probably safe to make the 53-man roster. But he was competing with Ryan Jensen, a second-year former sixth-round guard, and outshined him. Urschel got the start and played the whole game. He got good push up front in the run game and protected well against the pass. Head Coach John Harbaugh complimented the offensive line’s “dominant” play in the first half, and Urschel was a big part of that.