INDIANAPOLIS – The Ravens visit the Colts, Saturday (7 p.m.), in a preseason matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is being coy, but don’t expect quarterback Joe Flacco to play, and don’t expect many starters to play for very long. However, here are five questions to ask:
1. Which Ravens wide receivers will step up?
From the Ravens’ perspective, it would be nice to see Chris Moore, Michael Campanaro, and Jeremy Butler make a few plays, assuming they play. Moore has the potential to be a deep threat as a rookie. Staying healthy has been an issue for Campanaro, who has missed practice time. Butler is on the roster bubble, but his chance to make the final 53 improves if wide receiver Breshad Perriman starts Week 1 on the injured list. The Ravens need to have a better idea if Campanaro, Moore, and Butler are receivers they can depend on once the regular season begins.
2. Will a Ravens punt returner have a solid game?
If the door is still open for Keenan Reynolds to make the team, it’s as a punt returner, not as a receiver. Reynolds needs to handle punts cleanly and make positive yards when there is opportunity. If Reynolds can’t cut it as a returner, the Ravens may have to turn those duties over to safety Lardarius Webb, Campanaro, or even wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. on occasion once the season begins.
3. Which Ravens’ pass rushers will show up?
If defensive end Matt Judon and linebacker Kamalei Correa want playing time as rookies, and if linebackers Chris Carter and Victor Ochi want to make the roster, they should heed this advice. Get to the quarterback.
4. Will defensive tackle Michael Pierce keep building on an impressive training camp?
An undrafted free agent, Pierce is also building a case to make the roster. The Ravens like depth on the defensive line. If Pierce continues to excel as a run-stuffer, he could be part of the picture.
5. Which offensive linemen will play well?
This is another chance for rookie Ronnie Stanley to get game experience as the starting left tackle, and for rookie Alex Lewis to work at left guard. Meanwhile, backup linemen like Vladimir Ducasse, Stephane Nembot, and James Hurst are fighting for roster spots.
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