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Knee-Jerk Reactions Ravens Beat Redskins, 23-3

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The Ravens beat the Redskins 23-3 in the first preseason game of 2017. Our staff react to what we saw here…

Tony Lombardi

It was interesting how aggressive Dean Pees was in a preseason game and how willing he was to use Anthony Levine as a dime back, moving him all over. Fake game, fake play calling? Hopefully the speed and versatility of the defense inspires Pees to keep the pedal to the metal. Time will tell.

Lasting impressions…

Ryan Mallett is pretty bad. Somewhere Colin Kaepernick is smiling.

The Ravens defensive front is impressive and deep. They can’t keep them all. A trade should happen and the fact that all teams can hold on to all 90 players until cutdown day could improve the chances of such a trade.

Standouts were:

Brent Urban, Anthony Levine, Jaylen Hill, Terrance West, Smoke Mizzell, Ryan Jensen, Keenan Reynolds, Tim White, Sam Koch, Tyus Bowser, Michael Pierce

Disappointments:

Michael Campanaro, Buck Allen

Todd Karpovich

–With so many players in street clothes, it is tough to gauge the Ravens’ offense. Nonetheless, it was a good sign the team committed to running the ball. Projected starter Terrance West ran hard, finishing with 23 yards on 5 carries (4.6 yards per carry). He also had an impressive touchdown, diving over the offensive line from 2 yards out. Buck Allen showed some burst, which was a continuation of his solid training camp.

— Defensive end Brent Urban is going to look awfully good when the coaches review film of this game. Urban was a force making tackles in the backfield and finished with four tackles and a sack. Bronson Kaufusi, who missed all of last season with a broken ankle also is pushing for that starting job, but so far, Urban has been the better player.

— Receiver Tim White obviously has the confidence of his coaches and was used in a variety of ways. He was the primary punt returner the entire first half. White also carried the ball once for eight yards.

— Quarterback Ryan Mallett certainly didn’t inspire much confidence. He went 9 for 18 for 58 yards. He averaged just 3 yards per pass attempt in the opening half. Mallett was simply out of sync with his receivers.

— It’s only preseason, but the Ravens defense was incredibly dominant. Washington was held to just 47 total yards in the first half, and committed four penalties for 43 yards. Rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill managed an interception in the revamped secondary.

Derek Arnold

First off, let me say that I was a big fan of the two-man broadcast booth with Gerry Sandusky and Brian Billick. Totally about personal preference, but for my money, it was much better than the three-man booth of the past with Sandusky, Stan White, and Qadry Ismail.

Loved what I saw from the defense, especially several depth-level defensive linemen like Carl Davis and Urban. Anthony Levine looked sharp, and I really hope Dean Pees decides to use him more in the Dime role this season. As for the offense…well, you couldn’t expect much with so many players out. West had a nice run or two. Mallett did little to inspire confidence with those floating passes. Michael Campanaro gained nice separation several times.

On teams…Justin Tucker from 59!

Ryan Jones

It’s really tough to get an accurate gauge on this offense after the first preseason game. Mallett certainly didn’t silence any critics but he also had virtually no starting pass catchers to work with. The patchwork offensive line actually did a pretty good job and both West and Allen flashed at times.

Defensively you can see the potential and this could be a dominant group. Urban was all over the place, Tyus Bowser dropped nicely in to coverage on a handful of occasions and Redskins signal callers were frequently under duress. What’s maybe most impressive is the depth of the front seven. A lot to be excited about on defense.

Joe Polek

It is really hard to get a proper gauge especially in the first preseason game. But the defense looked fast and aggressive, which was a good sign…but the Redskins offense looked miserable, so who knows which way is more accurate. The Ravens offense looked poor. Mallett was inaccurate. The offensive line gave him time, which was a good sign, but outside of maybe two runs, there want much there. Two major penalties by the Redskins (on 3rd and on 4th down) gave the Ravens O extra chances that they capitalized on. No one got hurt and the young guys saw action…that is what matters.

Ken McKusick

Carey Stevenson

— Ravens continuing their preseason ritual of teasing sub package usage for Anthony Levine

— Urban is coming for a starting job

— Tim White is fun

Justin Tucker is a robot

— Still need a backup quarterback

Tyler Lombardi

The Redskins offense looked awful, going nearly the entire 1st quarter with a net gain of 0 yards. Even as rusty as these guys are for the first live action of the year, that’s pretty bad.

That said, part of the blame for that (or from our perspective, praise) has to go to the Ravens D, particularly the line. Kirk Cousins was already on his back on the second play of the game, and that clearly got in Colt McCoy‘s head once he was on the field. That dude looked like a gazelle trapped in a cage with 5 lions the way he was stepping into the pass rush once he took the field.

As for the offense, everything just looked out of sync. Without a couple of penalties, we could have watched an even more boring first quarter (not that penalties are particularly exciting). Mallett didn’t do anything to end the already dying-down discussion over Kaepernick, but his receivers certainly didn’t help.

This is the type of game typical of the early preseason: boring and slightly disappointing after 6 months without football of any kind.

But hey, at least no one was hurt! We should all thank our lucky stars for that.

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