We are just two days away from the Baltimore Ravens all-important third preseason game, which is normally the closest resemblance to a regular season game as the starters play more than any other preseason game. There are plenty of news and notes coming out of Owings Mills as we inch closer to the regular season opener.
There were a few key players to return to the practice field yesterday for the Ravens. First, Torrey Smith returned to the practice field after he was given Sunday off. OLB Elvis Dumervil also returned to the practice field and it was the first time since injuring his groin in last week’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Lastly, TE Ed Dickson was on the practice field for the first time in two weeks after suffering a slight muscle tear. Dickson was limited in practice, and is not expected to play Thursday against the Carolina Panthers.
Sunday we saw Mellette and Marlon Brown get some reps with the first team offense and quarterback Joe Flacco. Yesterday, Mellette was once again seeing some time with the first team offense and looked fantastic. He caught a sweet pass from Flacco for a touchdown that saw Mellette run around CB Chykie Brown and make the catch in the back of the endzone. When training camp began, Mellette was considered to be competing for a roster spot, now he is perhaps competing for a possible starting spot.
Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley
The recently signed tight end and wide receiver have come a long way in their short time with the Ravens. Both are getting much more involved in the offense and were with the first team offense for most of practice. Clark and Stokley are expected to get more reps on Thursday against the Panthers as Baltimore looks to find some offensive rhythm on the game field.
Ravens cut CB Chris Johnson
Baltimore decided to cut Johnson yesterday after acquiring him midway through the season last year as they were in desperate need of some defensive back depth. The ten year veteran, who is now 33, has been dealing with migraine headaches during training camp and was inactive against the Falcons last week.
The third preseason game is by far and away the most exciting for fans and players alike as we get to see the starters play at least the entire first half normally and sometimes into the third quarter. Head Coach John Harbaugh has been unwilling to state how long the starters will play, and part of that reason is because Baltimore will have a shorter time to rest up before their first game of the regular season on September 5th against the Denver Broncos.
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