Redskins vs. Ravens: Preview, matchups to watch, score prediction for NFL Preseason Week 4
Redskins defense vs. Ravens offense
On the defensive side of the ball, it’s even less clear what the Redskins are going to be doing. Again, their starters are unlikely to play much, so there will only be a handful of guys to watch. But it’s also hard to know what the Ravens are going to do outside of the quarterback position.
In all likelihood, rookie sixth-round pick Trace McSorley will get a lot of action at quarterback and that will give this a Big 10 feel (Haskins and McSorley squared off last season in a great Ohio State-Penn State clash). McSorley had a really nice outing in his last preseason appearance so he will be looking to build on that.
For the Redskins, they will look to contain McSorley and his receiving corps and the player to watch in the secondary will be Jeremy Reaves. He has had a very good preseason at the safety position and has made a case to make the team as a fifth safety. If he can make some plays on McSorley’s passes, that could be enough to get him a chance to make the roster.
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In the front seven, two undrafted rookies will come into focus. Linebacker BJ Blunt and defensive lineman Ryan Bee have both had solid preseasons and could push for roster spots. Bee has been a good pass rusher and if Caleb Brantley is still recovering from his Lisfranc injury, he could serve as the fifth lineman. Meanwhile, Blunt is a raw inside linebacker, but he plays fast and hard and could become a solid player.
These two will have to make an impact in the running game as the Ravens have solid depth at the running back position (Justice Hill, Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon). That should be a nice test for them. Bee will also look to get another sack working against the Baltimore backup line.
Speaking of that, Cassanova McKinzy will also get a chance to get another sack. He has been excellent off the edge this preseason and was dominant last week in a two-sack outing against the Bengals. He is likely a roster lock but may play early on, so keep an eye on him. If he keeps playing well, he will earn a big role in the pass rushing rotation.