Ravens report card: 8/9/2018

The Baltimore Ravens beat the LA Rams 33 to 7 in their second preseason game of the 2018 season.  The Ravens dominated on all sides of the ball.

Quarterbacks:  Joe Flacco played one possession and made it count.  Flacco looked fully healthy and was nearly flawless in his throws and was mobile.  Flacco completed five out of his seven throws with a touchdown pass.  Flacco had a 143.5 quarterback rating.

Lamar Jackson got the ball after Flacco and had a lot of snaps.  Jackson completed just seven out of his 18 throws for 119 yards and a rushing touchdown.  Jackson has had a run first mentality and he needs to grow out of it.  Jackson played well but only had a 62 quarterback rating.

Robert Griffen III was the third quarterback to play for the Ravens and played very well.  Griffen completed five out of seven passes including a long 32 yard touchdown to Breshad Perriman.

Grade:  A

Running backs: Alex Collins got two carries and averaged 13 yards per carry.  Gus Edwards saw the most action of the running backs with 12 carries, he had 58 yards rushing.  Mark Thompson looked good in the receiving game.  Grade B

Receivers:  Hayden Hurst looked good from the start.  Hurst only saw one reception from Flacco but it was for a first down.  Breshad Perriman was the biggest surprise with three receptions and the already mentioned touchdown catch.  Perriman had 71 receiving yards and put him on the map for a roster spot.  Chris Moore had the longest reception of the game for the Ravens catching a 36 yard pass.  This unit looked good.  Grade A

Offensive line:  This unit was much improved from the last game in which they allowed eight sacks.  The Ravens offensive line only allowed three sacks this game. Grade B

Overall:  The Ravens offense went through an overhaul this off season and it looks like it is for real.  Grade A

Defensive line:  The Ravens defensive line played well but did allow over 120 yards rushing.  The defensive line also helped with four sacks and did allow one 40 yard run that really hurt the Ravens numbers.  Grade B

Linebackers:  Tim Williams shined leading the Ravens in tackles and contributing a sack.  Undrafted rookie free agent Chris Board had another solid game.  This unit is deep and is going to have a good season.  Grade B

Secondary: This is a very deep unit for the Ravens.  The secondary Maurice Canady had an interception.  The entire secondary played great and held the Rams to just 49 passing yards.  Grade A

Overall Defense: This unit nearly pitched a shutout in a preseason game.  Grade A

Special Teams:  Justin Tucker and Kaare Vedvik both missed long field goals.  This unit is solid though.  Grade B+

Coaching staff:  This team looks ready for the regular season and it is the first real week of preseason.  Grade A

Overall:  Solid game for the Ravens.  Grade A

Brian Hradsky

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