How the Ravens' newcomers fared against the Chiefs

August 19, 2011

Fullback Vonta Leach

On back-to-back plays in the second quarter, Leach showed why that the Ravens likely aren't going to miss Le'Ron McClain. He took a short toss from Flacco and put the Chiefs' Brandon Siler on his back on a powerful 5-yard run. Leach lost his helmet, but it was Siler who suffered. From the Chiefs' 26, Leach hammered Pierre Walters on the left side as Rice cut back to the right for his touchdown. McClain? He had one rush for 2 yards for Kansas City.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee

The rookie from Mississippi State made a good impression for the second straight game. His best play this week, however, didn't count. Midway in the second quarter, McPhee rushed up the middle and forced Chiefs backup quarterback Tyler Palko to pull the ball back on a pass play that appeared to result in a fumble. Defensive end Arthur Jones recovered the ball just outside the Chiefs' 1. But the Chiefs challenged and reversed the call on what is known as the infamous 'Tuck Rule.' Later in the half, McPhee made two stops, one inside the Ravens' 5.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith

Smith's arrival in the offense is not exactly what the Ravens hoped for. The second-round pick went without a catch in the preseason opener, and on his first catch Friday night, Smith was hammered by linebacker Derrick Johnson after a 2-yard gain. He ran an out and Flacco got him the ball under pressure. On the next play, Flacco threw a high pass that went incomplete, although Smith got a hand on it. The Ravens haven't been able to use his speed at all yet.

Ken Murray

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