What To Watch: Ravens Vs. Redskins

August 13, 2009|By Jamison Hensley

The Baltimore Sun's veteran Ravens reporter, Jamison Hensley, breaks down what to look for in several areas in the Ravens' first preseason game:

POSITION: : Running back. Ray Rice is expected to get the start, but Willis McGahee has been impressive in training camp. The Ravens should have one of the top ground games again because Rice is running with confidence and McGahee is motivated.

VETERAN: : Strong safety Dawan Landry. He will be taking his first hits from another team since Sept. 21, when his head and neck bent backward while he tried to tackle Browns running back Jamal Lewis. Landry has said he is fully recovered from surgery in February to repair the bruise on his spinal cord.

ROOKIE: : Defensive end Paul Kruger. The second-round pick is scheduled to fill in for the injured Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon) with the starting defense. Like another No. 99 (Michael McCrary), Kruger runs with a high motor and determination.

ON THE BUBBLE: : Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. The undrafted rookie is a strong, aggressive tackler who is catching the attention of the coaching staff in training camp. After starting on the third team, he has spent time running with the starters when Tavares Gooden was hurt.

INJURY REPORT: : Starters not expected to play are: Suggs, wide receiver Mark Clayton (hamstring) and guard Marshal Yanda (knee). The ones considered questionable are: wide receivers Derrick Mason (finger) and Demetrius Williams (hamstring), tight end Todd Heap (back), guard Ben Grubbs (ankle), offensive tackle Jared Gaither (neck), defensive end Trevor Pryce (foot) and safety Ed Reed (neck).

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