Rookies to See First Live NFL Action

Camp Notes Rookies to See First Live NFL Action

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This week on Rookie Report, we are just two days away from the first game action of the 2015 season, albeit in exhibition format. The Ravens take on the New Orleans Saints at the Big Crabcake Thursday night, so here is what to watch for from the rookies in the first preseason game.

Buck and Carl

With names better fit for a pair of long-haul truckers, Buck Allen and Carl Davis have been the most noteworthy rookies this summer. The former USC tailback is dynamic both as a runner and a pass catcher in the open field. He should split touches with Lorenzo Taliaferro once Justin Forsett leaves the game after a touch or two. Bold prediction: Allen scores a touchdown from outside the 15-yard line.

Davis has seen action all across the interior of the defensive line in Training Camp, so look for him to get into the game fairly early and be sure to track where, and with whom, he lines up.

Young Blood

With an average age of 22, the three tight ends with whom the Ravens will likely start the season comprise the youngest positional group on the roster by far. Second-year tight end Crockett Gillmore, age 23, is the “elder statesman” of the group with 12 career receptions. He will look to mentor second-round pick Maxx Williams who has had an up-and-down camp and who returned to practice yesterday after being poked in the eye last week.

Nick Boyle is another understudy who has made a few plays in practice as a more blocking-oriented tight end. This young positional group’s ability to earn Joe Flacco’s trust in the preseason is extremely important for the Baltimore passing attack.

So You’re Saying There’s a Chance?

Part of the fun of preseason games is when young, unheralded players make a name for themselves and force their way onto the team – or at least make the coaches’ roster decisions difficult. The past few years have seen Marlon Brown, and former Ravens like running back Bobby Rainey and safety Omar Brown all make this kind of noise in the preseason.

This season there are plenty of opportunities for late-round players and undrafted rookies to make a name for themselves. You won’t have to strain your eyes to find 6’6” Darren Waller towering over the New Orleans cornerbacks—pay close attention to how Marc Trestman exploits Waller’s frame in the red zone.

Also take a look at safety Nick Perry who has laid the wood with some hard hits in camp thus far—he will try to prove his value as a backup safety with Matt Elam out for the season and Terrence Brooks on PUP. And let’s see if the coaches let speedy wide receiver DeAndre Carter field some kicks or punts later in the game.

What Not to Watch For

RSR Reacts to the Ravens Draft

Fans are getting a bit antsy with Breshad Perriman yet to make an appearance on the practice field since going down during the first day of camp with what was initially only considered a bruised knee. The first-round pick missed practice again today and has virtually no chance to suit up Thursday.

Despite a few set to miss action against the Saints, here is a quick viewing guide you can use to get familiar with the rookies’ jersey numbers and track your favorites during preseason:

3 Justin Manton, P

6 Trent Steelman, WR

12 *Darren Waller, WR

16 DeAndre Carter, WR

18 *Breshad Perriman, WR

25 *Tray Walker, CB

30 Terrence Magee, RB

35 Kiero Small, FB

36 Nick Perry, S

37 *Javorious “Buck” Allen, RB

45 Brennen Beyer, OLB

49 Andrew Bose, ILB

61 Darryl Baldwin, T

62 Kaleb Johnson, G

63 Blaine Clausell, T

65 Nick Easton, C

69 Leon Brown, G

70 *Robert Myers, G

77 De’Ondre Wesley, T

82 *Nick Boyle, TE

83 Daniel Brown, WR

87 *Maxx Williams, TE

90 *Za’Darius Smith, OLB

94 *Carl Davis, DT

* Denotes drafted rookies

While most fans may not take preseason games very seriously, for many rookies these games mean keeping or losing their jobs. I therefore want to bring you a rookie-focused analysis of each preseason game, so we will be back next week to monitor how these young players performed against the Saints.

’Til then, go Birds!

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On his seventh birthday in August of 1996, Kyle opened an envelope to find two tickets to the Ravens’ first ever football game to be played later that night. Ever since attending that game (a 17-9 victory), Kyle has been a die-hard Ravens fan. He grew up just outside of Baltimore and although he has since moved south, he remains extremely passionate about all Baltimore sports—the Ravens especially. Attending games as a kid with his Dad’s Section 528 season tickets, he grew up with the team and eventually reveled in Super Bowl glory on Bourbon Street after attending the big game with his girlfriend Kimberly who, luckily for Kyle, is equally as faithful to the purple and black. An attorney in Tennessee, Kyle brings a unique approach to covering the Ravens and gets out of the office enough to make it to plenty of home and away games. More from Kyle Rate

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