The Ravens’ 31-17 preseason-opening victory against the
featured a subpar performance by many of the starters, and a spirited comeback, fueled by some of the organization’s younger players. Here is a look at five players who helped their status and five who may have taken a step back.
- Omar Brown, S: Two tackles, one interception, one pass defense and two fumble recoveries. It was quite the debut for the undrafted free agent out of Marshall who has a knack for being around the football.
- Pernell McPhee, DE: McPhee was credited with only one tackle but he got a lot of penetration against the run, an encouraging sign for a player trying to prove that he is more than just a pass-rush specialist.
- Curtis Painter, QB: The former
Indianapolis Coltsquarterback has taken a bit of a beating from the media for his struggles in the early going of training camp, but three touchdown passes in little more than a quarter warrant a little credit.
- Bobby Rainey, RB: The diminutive running back out of Western Kentucky, who played high school football in Georgia, had a stirring homecoming, gaining 36 yards on 12 carries, catching three balls for 29 yards and a touchdown and returning six punts for 50 yards.
- Deonte Thompson, WR: Thompson struggled at University of Florida to transfer his practice success into the games, but he sure did that last night, catching three balls for 53 yards, including an impressive 22-yard touchdown grab.