With all the attention that is being paid to the Browns and Steelers, some people may forget that the Baltimore Ravens are the team that was the AFC North champ last year. If Lamar Jackson works out for them, they may do it again.
The Washington Redskins have a "quarterback of the future," but they'll be going with a journeyman for the time being as they try to compete in the NFC East.
The Ravens and Redskins - geographic rivals - will meet in the last pre-season game on Thursday night at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.
TV: 7:30 PM ET, Local/ Regional coverage, NFL Network (replay). LINE: Ravens -6. O/U: 34
ABOUT THE RAVENS: Baltimore has outscored its opponents 81-28 in the pre-season, and that has been indicative of the philosophy of head coach John Harbaugh, who does want to see crisp performances out of his team. The shift in offensive approach might be the toughest thing to adjust to. Lamar Jackson is going to create a lot of plays with his mobility, but QB's who run a lot in the NFL usually have to come up with a Plan B, because defenses will catch up to it. Jackson completed 58% of his passes last year and still has to become a refined pro-signal-caller. He'll have a fellow Heisman Trophy winner in the backfield with him. Mark Ingram did not have a smooth departure from New Orleans, but he'll be the #1 running back option in Baltimore. And he doesn't lack confidence in his quarterback. “He has all the tools that he needs to be great the ability athletically," he says of Jackson. "The arm strength, the arm accuracy, the leadership… He has it all." Ingram won't be a lone wolf back there. The Ravens have a nice complimentary piece in Gus Edwards, who came off the practice squad to rush for 718 yards (5.2 per carry!), which was tremendous for an undrafted free agent. It is important that the two high draft choices Baltimore spent on wide receivers work out well for them. Marquise Brown (Oklahoma) is a little guy who's going to out-run many corners, while Miles Boykin (Notre Dame) is more of a project. But he's a project with good size (6-4, 220).
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Dwayne Haskins will get the chance to start on Thursday night, although it is not in pursuit of winning the #1 quarterback job. Head coach Jay Gruden has already named Case Keenum to start against Philadelphia on September 8. And it makes sense, as Keenum is a veteran and was able to adapt to Gruden's system from the start, having played in schemes that are similar. Haskins has no real "west coast" experience and started only for one season at Ohio State. However, he is going to have to be the top backup, because Colt McCoy is still recovering from his broken leg. Cam Sims, an Alabama product who is battling a number of wideouts, was very impressive in the OTA's and in practices coming off last year's ankle injury. He caught three passes for 48 yards against Atlanta. Tight end Jordan Reed wound up in concussion protocol after a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Falcons. When he can return to practice is uncertain. Trent Williams' strange holdout continues. The seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle has not given any reason for why he never reported to camp, but Gruden does not feel he is going to be traded. Veteran Donald Penn, who's made three Pro Bowls, will be the starter on the left side.
1. Bryce Love, Washington's fourth-round pick out of Stanford, who was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2017 but suffered a torn ACL in December, will start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and may miss his entire rookie season.
2. Baltimore's John Harbaugh has covered 68.1% of his pre-season games as a head coach (32-15 ATS).
3. Washington's offensive line coach is Bill Callahan, who reached Super Bowl 37 as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, only to lose 48-21 to Jay Gruden's brother Jon and the Tampa Bay Bucs.
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Washington Football Team
- KneeQues Week 1 | questionable
Foster is recovering from a torn MCL and ACL, and it is unknown if he will be available for the season opener against the Eagles.
- PersonalI-R | I-R
Harvey-Clemons is going to sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal reason. As a result, the team has put him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Breeland has reverted to the Injured Reserve/Non-Football injury list from waivers due to a torn ACL and meniscus in his knee. He is likely to miss the duration of the 2020 season.
- KneeOut indefinitely | I-R
Skura has been added to the active PUP list while he rehabs a previously torn ACL and dislocated kneecap. He will miss an extended period.