The Baltimore Ravens open up the NFL preseason schedule with the Hall of Fame game against the Chicago Bears.
All the talk since the Baltimore Ravens draft has been Lamar Jackson. Granted, he is the first quarterback the Ravens have selected in the first round since Joe Flacco. We know that Flacco won’t be playing much tonight, and Jackson figures to see most of the reps.
My question to you, the Ravens fans is who other than Lamar Jackson are you most excited to see? I’ve got a few players that I’ll be keeping an eye on.
On offense, receiver Jordan Lasley intrigues me since the Ravens haven’t had the best of luck when drafted wide receivers in all 20 plus years in the league.
Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Willie Snead won’t see that much of the field tonight, but they will later in the preseason so they will be fun to watch develop chemistry with Flacco and Jackson. I’m also looking forward to seeing what Orlando Brown Jr can do to make the Ravens offensive line one of the best in the league.
On defense, I’ll be keeping an eye on safety DeShon Elliott. It seems like he’s got that IT factor, but practice is much different than games, so it might be an adjustment.
The rookie tight end competition will be fun to watch between Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a two-headed monster at that position like the New England Patriots had with the duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez? The more weapons the offense has, the better the Ravens will be.
Preseason football is about finding those players that will make your team better and the 2018 Ravens rookie class can be something special and I’m excited to see some of these players develop into future stars tonight.