Matchups to watch

August 17, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht and Mike Preston

Ravens-Packers

Baltimore RT Orlando Brown vs. Green Bay LDE Reggie White: '' Brown has held his own against White in the past, high praise for anyone who has faced one of the toughest men at his position in the history of the NFL. Taking on the Minister of Defense can result in a long night for any offensive tackle.

Baltimore LCB Antonio Langham vs. Green Bay WR Robert Brooks: Langham, because of severe ligament damage in both thumbs, dropped off noticeably last year after an outstanding rookie season. In facing a reigning All-Pro, Langham will be in for his toughest test of the preseason.

Baltimore SS Stevon Moore vs. Green Bay TE Mark Chmura: Another test against an All-Pro for a Ravens defender. Green Bay Brett Favre loves to throw to his tight end, and Moore loves to get physical with the big boys. Watch for this confrontation, especially when the Ravens go to their nickel and dime pass coverages.

Baltimore LT Tony Jones vs. Green Bay RDE Sean Jones: Two veterans with a combined 22 years of experience line up in this one-on-one bout. Tony Jones has survived in the NFL by being a steady pass blocker. Sean Jones is around because he can still get to the quarterback. This battle could be fun to watch.

Baltimore WR Derrick Alexander vs. Green Bay LCB Craig Newsome: Newsome has established himself in the league after an outstanding rookie season. Alexander is looking to re-establish himself after a disappointing second season. This should provide a decent gauge of his progress.

Baltimore LG Jonathan Ogden vs. Green Bay DT Gilbert Brown: Last week, Ogden abused Giants veteran Ray Agnew. Tonight, he gets Brown, 325 ponds, who heads into his fourth season looking like a starter for the first time.

Baltimore RDE Anthony Pleasant vs. Green Bay LT John Michels: Pleasant, one of the league's more consistent ends, is about to begin his seventh season. Tonight, he draws the Packers' top draft pick of 1996. Maybe Pleasant will show the rookie out of Southern Cal a few tricks he hasn't seen.

On the bubble

The Ravens must trim their roster to 60 by 4 p.m. Tuesday. With that in mind, here are a few rookies who need to shine tonight.

DEs Larry Williams and David Barnard: Each has had his moments during the preseason. Whoever outplays the other could be the one who survives on Tuesday.

S Dante Depaola: He looked impressive early in camp, but has tailed off. A big game tonight could put him back in the roster picture.

RB Derrick Cullors: He has had some great days in practice, but has yet to play in the preseason. If he performs well tonight, he could end up on the developmental squad.

WR Ray Ethridge: He is coming off a great game against the

Giants, but this 27-year-old has yet to play a regular-season down in the NFL. Another great effort tonight could land him that chance.

G Pulu Poumele: He spent his rookie season on the practice squad in 1995. He appears to be slipping out of the Ravens' picture in 1996, but Ravens coaches are proud of previous developmental projects.

Pub Date: 8/17/96

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