The Ravens first-team defense had a tough showing against Matt Ryan and Julio Jones in last week’s preseason opener.
Atlanta marched down the field in eight plays on their first drive, as Ryan carved up the Ravens secondary. Jones finished the day with six catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in just one quarter of work.
The task doesn’t get any easier this Friday, as the Ravens will welcome the Detroit Lions and arguably the NFL’s best receiver Calvin Johnson to Baltimore. The focus now for the defense is to simply leave the Atlanta game in the past.
“The biggest thing is you have to forget it and go on,” Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said.
“I wouldn’t say it’s all secondary,” Pees said. “We need to put more pressure on the quarterback in those situations. It’s never one thing. You see a guy getting beat deep because that’s what you see.”
Williams, who is competing with second-year cornerback
“On the touchdown, [Williams] was close,” Pees said. “He was right there and the guy made a good catch and got his feet down in bounds.
“That’s football. Like I tell these guys, ‘They are on scholarship too– they are allowed to make plays.’”
The other focus going into this week’s game is to get off to a better start. The starters typically play a little more in the second week of the preseason, which will give the Ravens a better opportunity to assess the group, but Pees emphasized that he wants to make sure the group doesn’t come out sluggish.
“We need to get off to a fast start,” Pees said. “That’s the thing that disappointed us Thursday is that we got off to a slow start. We don’t want to let anybody drive the ball on us, let alone drive down and score on us on the first possession. Certainly not the way you want to start the game."