Bubble Players Who Stood Out

LB Josh Bynes, CB Chykie Brown and WR LaQuan Williams had strong plays Thursday.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Preseason 4 vs Falcons, Ryan Mink

Thursday night’s game was all about the bubble players.

So who stood out from the pack? Here’s a summary:

LB Josh Bynes
Bynes was all over the field, leading the defense with five tackles and two sacks. One came on a well-timed blitz up the middle and the other was from sheer determination. Bynes also had good pursuit and a strong tackle on special teams punt coverage, which is where he’ll have to shine to make the roster. Could Bynes be the rookie free agent linebacker to make the roster? He took a step closer.

DE Albert McClellan
After spending last year on the practice squad, McClellan showed his maturation Thursday night. The defensive end and rookie free agent from last year was strong on special teams coverage and physical on the edge. He had a crunching open-field hit in the final two minutes as well.

DE Michael McAdoo
After being signed following the supplemental draft, the suspended North Carolina product, who hadn’t played football since 2009, made his presence felt with a forced fumble coming off the edge. The 6-foot-7 McAdoo was seen as a project with a body full of potential, and his sack showed just that. He had one preseason game to make an impression and did.

RB Damien Berry
The Ravens had high hopes for Berry, who they had a seventh-round draft grade on and were thrilled to scoop up as an undrafted free agent. However, he didn’t see a lot of game action due to a preseason leg injury. He saw his first extensive time Thursday, and took eight carries for 31 yards, including a five-yard touchdown. Berry showed good vision and burst and also reeled in two receptions for 18 yards.

Chykie Brown’s 65-Yard Pick-6
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CB Chykie Brown
Ravens fifth-round picks usually are a sure bet to make the roster. But Baltimore is deep at cornerback this year and Brown hadn’t flashed much in preseason games thus far. That was until he hauled in a tipped pass and returned it for a 65-yard touchdown. Brown also dropped the hammer on a Falcons’ running back late in the game, showing how physical the 5-foot-11 corner can be.

LB Jason Phillips
The 2009 fifth-round pick made the roster after being on the bubble last year and was a special teams standout. On Thursday, he made a few big plays to help his cause again, yet did have a couple blunders too. Phillips recorded an interception off a Jimmy Smith deflection in the second quarter, then pounced on a fumble in the fourth quarter. Both turnovers led to Ravens points. Phillips did hit the wrong hole on the Falcons’ lone touchdown run, however.

RB Jalen Parmele
The Ravens gave the veteran running back the majority of the carries Thursday night instead of rookie Anthony Allen. Parmele toted it 10 times for 21 yards, which isn’t a great average, but he had a couple good, hard runs. Parmele also caught one pass out of the backfield and showed his burst getting up the field for 25 yards.

WR LaQuan Williams
The coaches clearly wanted to get a long look at Williams as their punt returner, as the rookie free agent was back deep on all seven of the Falcons’ punts. Williams returned only one, springing it for 33 yards up the left sideline and continuing to show big-play ability. Williams did have one learning experience when he didn’t come forward to field a punt, which ended up costing the Ravens field position.

TE Kris Wilson
The eighth-year veteran caught an 18-yard pass across the middle that seemed to get backup quarterback Hunter Cantwell going in the third quarter. Wilson finished the preseason with the most receptions on the team (8) for 99 yards. His competition for the third tight end spot, Davon Drew, didn’t record a catch.

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