Reporting Jerry Coleman
Thursday, the Ravens play their preseason opener at the Atlanta Falcons. Just because it will be the start of “exhibition season” Head Coach John Harbaugh said “Its part of the training camp process. Its not a regular season game, so we don’t treat it like that, but it’s a big part of the training camp process. It’s’ going to be really fun to get down there and see where we’re at.” The preseason is mostly important for players who need to make the team, or, who are battling for position on the depth chart.
Nevertheless the Ravens are getting ready for the Falcons and have a game plan for the starters. Harbaugh said that “the starters will play a quarter to a quarter and a half”, and does not promise playing time for all of the players.
Veterans like Matt Birk, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will most likely not be playing in the first game. And injured players or those returning from injury — such as Haloti Ngata and Bryant McKinnie will be spectators, too. But for those who do participate, the focus will be on the offense and how well it does against the Atlanta defense. Harbaugh said “It’s all about timing and execution. How crisp do we play? How do we execute under pressure? How do the guys take that execution from a practice environment into a game against another team in a live-type situation? We are about to find out.