Saturday night, the Ravens will be taking part in what will be a “dress rehearsal” atmosphere for the veterans as they welcome the Redskins down the beltway to Baltimore.
Fans can argue the preseason is too long and could be shortened to just two games. Regardless of that outcry, each exhibition is a measuring stick for the coaches and younger players who are trying to keep their jobs before the team cuts down to a final 53 by August 30th.
As far as how veterans approach the third preseason contest, they understand the game will be the heaviest workload as far as playing time. Most players want to get the kinks out now because once week one arrives, the mistakes need to be at a minimum.
“It’s the last practice before the real thing. So, you go out there, you approach it, you prepare like it’s a game week. Smith said. “Obviously, we’re familiar with [the Redskins]; we played them a couple years ago. It’s going to be fun getting ready for the real thing. Time is flying,” Smith said.