5 Players to Watch vs. Redskins

Here are several intriguing players to keep an eye on for Saturday night.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, August 21st, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy, Preseason 2 at Redskins

Now that the Ravens have broken training camp, there is a lot of optimism bubbling out of Baltimore.

But before the Ravens can get back into the practice groove, they’ve got to meet the Washington Redskins.

So, who should you keep an eye on whether you’re at FedEx Field or watching from the couch?

BaltimoreRavens.com gives you a quick list of some guys to watch.

#87 Demetrius Williams, WR
The Ravens obviously have a logjam at receiver.  It seems that Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Donte’ Stallworth and Mark Clayton have established themselves as Baltimore’s top four. So it’s up to Williams to separate himself with the added reps he’s going to get Saturday night. Does he make that catch in traffic over the middle?  Does he fight for the deep ball?  The Ravens spent a fourth-round draft pick on Williams, and an inspired preseason showing could help fulfill his promise.

#78 Ramon Harewood, OT
Harewood could see a lot of time at FedEx Field, considering how banged up the Ravens’ offensive line is. The Morehouse College alumnus has been a standout at camp, playing both right and left tackle.  He’s got the athleticism, but he still needs to pick up on some nuances of the professional game. Expect Harewood to be really tested by the Redskins’ deep pass rush.

#29 Cary Williams, CB
Cornerback is another position that has been hit hard by injuries, and Williams has been a bright spot.  He scored an interception last week against the Panthers.  He continued that stellar play through the following week of practice. Williams is suspended for the first two games of the regular season, but if he continues his tear, the Ravens would have a tough time not keeping him around for that span.

#22 Prince Miller, CB
The Ravens are still trying out a few guys at punt returner.  Tom Zbikowski, Stallworth and Clayton have all taken punts, but Miller was the standout versus Carolina, taking a punt 57 yards in the second half to set up a touchdown. The diminutive cornerback broke several tackles while running with the punt, showing some slippery tendencies. With Zbikowski, Stallworth and Clayton all expected to play significant roles from scrimmage, Miller could make it on his return skills alone.

#99 Paul Kruger, DT
Kruger noticeably added some weight during the offseason, and he’s carrying it really well.  The Ravens will need him on their defensive line this year as a backup to Trevor Pryce and Cory Redding.  Check him out to see if he can hold the point of attack like the Ravens want him to, and you’ll have a chance to evaluate if Kruger has kept his quickness.

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