2. Roster battle
Several players are fighting to earn one of the final roster spots, including some familiar names returning from last year’s 5-11 squad, along with multiple rookies. Among the players on the bubble: defensive tackle J’Vonne Parker, cornerbacks David Pittman, Ronnie Prude and Anwar Phillips, wide receivers Justin Harper, Ernie Wheelwright and Patrick Carter, running backs Cory Ross, Allen Patrick and Alex Haynes, linebackers Gary Stills, Robert McCune and Jameel McClain, offensive linemen David Hale, Adrien Clarke, Adam Kraus and Joe Reitz and tight ends Adam Bergen and Keith Heinrich. The Ravens have until Saturday to trim the roster to a league limit of 53 players.
3. Returning players
How will defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (right knee), offensive tackle Jared Gaither (sprained right ankle) and wide receiver Demetrius Williams (left Achilles’ tendon) fare in their first preseason action as they attempt to tune up for the regular season?
4. CornerbacksVeteran backups Frank Walker and Corey Ivy have been picked on repeatedly for the past few games. Will that troubling trend continue against Falcons rookie quarterback Matt Ryan?
Will Marques Douglas immediately reprise his old block-busting form in his second stint with the Ravens after being acquired for two draft picks Wednesday in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?