The Ravens opened their preseason with a 30-27 win over the Saints at M&T Bank Stadium, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard rollout keeper by third-string quarterback Bryn Renner with two seconds left. They have three more preseason games before the final 53-man roster must be set.
After all the practices of OTAs and minicamp, coaches love to see how players react when the lights come on. Who helped themselves, and who hurt themselves, with their play on Thursday night?
WR MICHAEL CAMPANARO -- Campanaro had the Ravens' longest play of the night, a 45-yard catch-and-run touchdown, and he had one other reception. He was one of the few receivers who made a big play, as many of the others in the furious receiver competition were conspicuously quiet. Campanaro's standing as a returner might have gone up when Asa Jackson (knee) went down, though there was no word on the severity of Jackson's injury.
DT CARL DAVIS -- With Timmy Jernigan out, Davis started alongside Brandon Williams in the middle of the Ravens defense. And with three other defensive linemen also out (Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson, Brent Urban), Davis played into the fourth quarter. He was a pain for the Saints all night, frequently stuffing the run and getting into the Saints backfield. Davis finished with three tackles, one for a loss, one quarterback hit and one pass breakup. It was a strong debut for the rookie third-round pick.
QB BRYN RENNER -- Granted, Renner still faces long odds to make the Ravens, as they rarely keep three quarterbacks. But give him credit for orchestrating an 80-yard, game-winning scoring drive in the final two minutes, a nice rebound after throwing a bad interception earlier in the fourth quarter. After the game, the TV cameras were flocking around Renner. It might be only for a night, but who saw that coming?
WR JEREMY BUTLER -- On a night when Kamar Aiken left with a tweaked ankle, and when Breshad Perriman and Marlon Brown didn't dress, Butler had a big opportunity to make a statement. Instead, he finished with one catch for 14 yards, dropped a tough -- but catchable -- ball down the sideline, and failed to put up much of a fight for the ball on an interception thrown by Matt Schaub.
CB ASA JACKSON -- Another injury is not what Jackson needs, but Jackson left the game early with a knee injury. Harbaugh did not have an update after the game. Jackson was the starting return specialist and played some nickel back, and he'll be a candidate for both roles if he can stay healthy. But an injury that keeps him out for any length of time this preseason would be a major setback.
S BRYNDEN TRAWICK -- Trawick is listed as a No. 2 safety, so it was interesting to see Kyle Arrington drift back from his usual corner spot and play free safety, alongside Anthony Levine, for much of the second quarter. When Trawick did finally get in as a backup safety, he was flagged for taunting. Those kind of penalties are often a ticket to John Harbaugh's doghouse.