QB Joe Flacco
Hard to say that Flacco’s stock could go up any more this preseason, but his first and only drive of the night was nearly perfect. He showed off his improved mobility to buy time and connect with Michael Crabtree on a 30-yard pass. He was decisive and accurate. Flacco went 5-of-7 for 71 yards and a 6-yard touchdown pass, continuing to build momentum as the suddenly hot Ravens offense heads toward the regular season.
QB Lamar Jackson
Behind the first-team offensive line (minus Marshal Yanda), Jackson looked markedly better than in his preseason debut. He dazzled the home crowd with his 9-yard ankle-breaking run that shows he can be a red-zone weapon under center. He made a few great throws, including one down the seam to Chris Moore for 36 yards. Jackson completed seven of his 18 passes for 119 yards overall, but took a step forward in his throwing as well. Head Coach John Harbaugh praised Jackson for his poise in the pocket, though dinged him for taking two sacks on the fringe of scoring range.
Ravens’ top wide receivers
Baltimore’s top wide receivers sat out last week in Canton, but they immediately made their presence felt in their first game action. On Baltimore’s opening drive, John Brown caught a pass over the middle for 17 yards and Crabtree sprung open for 30 yards on the next play. Moore hauled in an impressive 36-yard grab in traffic to start the next drive. Baltimore’s wideouts look much improved from last year’s group.
WR Jordan Lasley
The rookie wide receiver has been a consistent playmaker in practice, but he had a first-down pass go off his hands and got tripped up on an opportunity for a deep touchdown. Lasley had drop issues in college that he still needs to iron out in the NFL. He’s a natural catcher with good hands, but too many easy ones hit the turf.
OLB Tim Williams
Williams had six quarterback hurries last week without any sacks. This time, he got home. Williams annihilated backup quarterback Brandon Allen, forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Ravens. The second-year pass rusher is showing improved moves to go along with his top-end speed around the edge. Even among a crowded room of outside linebackers, he could find a niche getting after quarterbacks and keeping his teammates fresh.
WR Breshad Perriman
After a pass bounced off his hands and was intercepted last week, Perriman got on the field after several of the Ravens’ other “bubble” wide receivers. He stood out from the pack, however, catching a team-high three passes for 71 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown with a tightly-contested leap. It’s a big step for a player that needs to make plays in games to stick around.
CB Maurice Canady
The Ravens consider Canady to be a starting-caliber player if he can remain healthy, and his play Thursday showed why. Canady picked off Rams quarterback Sean Mannion when he perfectly settled into zone coverage and made a fine leaping catch.
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