Though Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles) won’t play in Saturday’s third preseason game, he’s already in midseason trash talk form. Smith explains where he gets his on-field intensity and why he plays with a chip on his shoulder.
When asked about some of the offensive rookies around him, the Ravens quarterback said he’s impressed by the way the running back is transferring his hard and shifty running to games.
The Ravens quarterback doesn’t need to get hit, but wants to feel the pressure. He also wants to build the confidence of the first-team offense before the regular season.
The Ravens’ returning 2015 first-round pick has always been known for his speed. Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman has noticed that his concentration has improved.
The Ravens’ starting defense has given up long drives to begin each preseason game. Saturday’s contest against the Lions should give a better sense of the unit, which needs to get off to a better start than last year.
The Ravens’ No. 6 pick is the league’s top-graded rookie offensive tackle through the first two preseason games, per Pro Football Focus. He hasn’t allowed a single pressure. He’ll be blocking for quarterback Joe Flacco in a game for the first time Saturday.
Steve Smith Sr. and Breshad Perriman have made their returns to the field. But two receivers further down the depth chart – Butler and rookie Chris Moore – have been making plays in practice and games. Where do they fit into the mix?
The Ravens head coach said players who commit senseless penalties won’t be kept on the team. The Ravens gave the Colts seven first downs on penalties and could have lost the game because of one at the end.
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