At First Glance: Preseason at Falcons writers give their first impressions of the Ravens’ 21-7 win.

Posted by on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, At First Glance, Preseason 4 vs Falcons

John Eisenberg: You had to be hardcore to get into this one. The Ravens elected not to play their starters, and you saw why when Tyrod Taylor went out with a bruised shoulder. Both teams used a lot of guys who won’t be on their rosters next week. The ball didn’t move much in either direction. As always in an exhibition finale, the drama of the night was that careers were on the line, roster spots up for grabs. Running backs Jalen Parmele and Anthony Allen both looked pretty good. Tough call there for the Ravens. Kris Wilson may have nailed down the No 3 tight end spot, and defensive end Pernell McPhee stood out. But the best news is the preseason is finally over. Let the countdown to Ravens-Steelers begin, not a moment too soon.

Mike Duffy: Once news broke that the Ravens were resting nearly all their starters and Atlanta would play theirs (sans Matt Ryan), you had to be happy that Baltimore’s defense didn’t get run over on the first few series. In fact, backups played Atlanta to a stalemate on those critical drives.  Of course, with an offensive line that was green as the turf in the Georgia Dome, the disruptive pressure that came – especially with Kroy Biermann and Ray Edwards going against Ramon Harewood and Jah Reid – could have been expected. The hope is that Tyrod Taylor’s shoulder contusion isn’t serious, and the Ravens’ starting offensive line won’t be hurt by not getting any game reps before opening weekend.  All in all, it was a good chance to maximize the preseason finale and really evaluate the deeper parts of the roster.

Ryan Mink: First of all, you have to feel for Tyrod Taylor. In his first NFL start, in a chance to prove he can be the Ravens’ No. 2 quarterback, he left very early with a shoulder contusion. Still, some of the bubble players showed up, including linebacker Josh Bynes, cornerback Chykie Brown, wide receiver LaQuan Williams and defensive end Michael McAdoo. The Ravens will have some tough decisions to make before Saturday. Perhaps chief on that list is what to do about the backup quarterback situation.

Sarah Ellison: The story of this game was Tyrod Taylor suffering a shoulder contusion. The sixth-round draft pick was making a bid to become Joe Flacco’s backup, but was knocked out of the game in the first quarter. Taylor will need to have a quick recovery to avoid veteran competition for the No. 2 spot. Outside of that, tonight was a great learning experience for a lot of youngsters trying to make this roster or draw attention from another team. There were a few bubble player standouts: Kris Wilson (making a strong case for No. 3 TE), Jalen Parmele (trying to distance himself from Anthony Allen for No. 3 RB), little-known LB Josh Bynes (relentless pressure resulting in two sacks) and Chykie Brown (the fifth-rounder made some noise with an INT in a crowed CB group).

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