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Five Players to Watch for in Tonight’s Baltimore Ravens Preseason Finale

August 29th, 2013 at 9:21 AM
By Josh Michael

The worst of all the preseason games takes place tonight for the Baltimore Ravens as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams in the preseason finale. Although only a few, if any starters will play tonight, we give you the five players to watch for in tonight's finale.

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Outside of simply seeing some of the roster battles, there is little reason to actually put any stake in the final game of the preseason with the lack of actual starters playing in the game. Baltimore will look to some players to solidify their stake to a roster spot and we provide you with the five players that actually bare watching for tonight.

Marlon Brown

The undrafted free agent wide receiver out of Georgia has literally come out of no where to the brink of not only a roster spot, but to earning some legitimate playing time. He performed very well last week with the first team offense, including a touchdown and if he can show he is polishing his route running, he will not only earn a roster spot, but some viable playing time as well.

Aaron Mellette

Mellette is another wide receiver looking to earn a roster spot on this Ravens team, and he has played very respectfully thus far, but with at least four receivers (Smith, Jones, Stokley, and Doss) already secured a roster spot and Brown likely has, Mellette is vying to be the sixth receiver on the roster. We believe he does make the final cut, but cannot afford any hiccups tonight.

Delone Carter/Bobby Rainey/Anthony Allen

With Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce likely not playing tonight, Carter, Rainer and Allen will have a full blown free for all to try and earn the number three running back spot. Last season we saw Allen shine at points as the third running back, but the trade to acquire Carter earlier in the preseason shows that Baltimore is not just going to give Allen the spot. All three guys will get some carries in tonight's game and their performances will go a long way in determining who gets the final spot.

Jimmy Smith

It is unclear whether or not Smith will play tonight, or if Baltimore will rest him, but if he plays, he will need to show that he can be the first round talent the Ravens thought he was two years ago when they took him in the first round. Smith has struggled in game action this preseason, and he has already lost his starting spot (on the depth chart at least) to Corey Graham.

Caleb Hanie

Not considered to be seriously competing with Tyrod Taylor for the backup quarterback spot, Hanie has been kind of just a guy to put into the preseason games to give Taylor a break from playing so many minutes. Hanie is however, trying to convince the Ravens to keep three quarterbacks on the roster for the first time since 2009, and he will see most of the playing time in tonight's game. Although it is still doubtful that Baltimore will keep three quarterbacks, Hanie will have an opportunity tonight to try and convince them otherwise.

If you are a diehard Ravens fan and will be watching the entire game this evening, be sure to keep an eye out for the aforementioned players and remember…..ONE WEEK from today Baltimore will be lacing them up for real in Denver!


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Tags: Aaron Mellette, Anthony Allen, Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Caleb Hanie, Delone Carter, Football, Jimmy Smith, Marlon Brown, NFL, Tyrod Taylor

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