At First Glance: Preseason at Eagles

BaltimoreRavens.com writers give their first impressions of the Ravens’ 13-6 loss.

Posted by BR.com on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, At First Glance, Mike Duffy, Preseason 1 at Eagles, Ryan Mink, Sarah Ellison

John Eisenberg: You can’t read much into a game taking place after just a week of full-squad practices, but the Ravens can’t come away from this sloppy performance thinking they have found the starting right tackle and starting wide receiver they’re seeking to identify. All of their tackles struggled, from Michael Oher on down, and rookie Torrey Smith didn’t catch a pass. But thumbs up to Paul Kruger, Dennis Pitta and Tandon Doss for playing well.

Mike Duffy
: The Ravens wanted to win the game, yes. But the priority for this game was learning more about what the Ravens need to work on as training camp progresses. The Ravens found out that Dennis Pitta can hold his own against the other team’s ones.  Paul Kruger was a revelation, offering a glimpse into what he could bring to the Ravens’ pass rush. And what about Sergio Kindle? It was great to see the former second-round draft pick mix it up in the trenches. We knew it wasn’t going to be perfect after no offseason to speak of and only 11 full practices.  Sure, the Ravens have some things to shore up, but this was a first and important step.

Ryan Mink: Don’t pay attention to the score. It really doesn’t matter. What comes out of this game are some flashes of very good things and, of course, issues that need work. Dennis Pitta showed his receiving prowess after making one catch all last year. Paul Kruger and rookie Pernell McPhee applied some big-time pressure. The not-too-great side was the play of the first-string offensive line, a couple coverage breakdowns and penalties. Overall, Baltimore showed it’s not in regular-season form yet, but that should be expected. It’s way too early to fret.

Sarah Ellison: Priority No. 1 accomplished – the Ravens came out of their first preseason game without any major injuries. Everyone was excited to get their first glimpse of the youth movement in the receiving corps. Consider the unit’s grade incomplete – it’s still early and the offensive line allowed a lot of pressure. Oniel Cousins was one of the culprits. It felt strange to see someone else sport Todd Heap’s No. 86, but Dennis Pitta helped ease the transition. Pitta and Tandon Doss were two receiving highlights. Paul Kruger is determined to prove his worth in the pass rush and had a solid showing tonight. Bernard Pollard looked good in his debut in a Ravens’ jersey.

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