PHILADELPHIA – There wasn’t much to learn watching Friday’s Eagles-Ravens joint practice walkthrough. Players only went half-speed, not wearing pads. But here are five things to watch for during Saturday night’s Ravens-Eagles game in Philadelphia:
1. How much will the starters play?
This will be an interesting call for both coaches, and it may be determined by the flow of the game. Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco only played one series in the preseason opener, but he’ll likely get more work Saturday. Eagles starting quarterback Sam Bradford didn’t play in their preseason opener. He’s expected to play against the Ravens, but how long will Eagles coach Chip Kelly expose Bradley to pass rushers like Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs? You may see a lot of Eagles backup quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley, and the backup who gets the most attention, Tim Tebow.
2. Can Ravens on the bubble like linebacker Arthur Brown and receiver Jeremy Butler strengthen their case?
Brown, a second-round pick in 2013, is a third-string linebacker right now who doesn’t excel on special teams. That may not be enough to make the 53-man roster. With rookie wide receiver Darren Waller’s emergence, Butler’s chance to make the team looks slimmer than it did a few weeks ago.
3. Will the Ravens' kickoff returners get a chance to make plays?
Touchbacks robbed the returners of a chance to shine against the Saints last week. Both Campanaro and wide receiver DeAndre Carter hope they can return some kickoffs against the Eagles. Special teams may be Carter’s best chance to make the team.
4. What will the Ravens’ offensive line look like?
Left guard Kelechi Osemele (Achilles) and right tackle Rick Wagner (foot) are not 100 percent, backup lineman Jah Reid (back) is hampered, and backup guard John Urschel (concussion) just returned this week. It may take some shuffling up front for the Ravens to block effectively.
5. Can safety Nick Perry continue his bid to make the 53-man roster?
Perry is an undrafted rookie from Alabama, but he’s making plays and has placed himself on the coaches’ radar.
“Nick is a typical prodigy of (Alabama coach) Nick Saban,” said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “He is a defensive back who is tough and smart and really does a great job back there. I think he’s going to be one of those free agent guys that are going to have a future in this league.”
Perry is hoping that future is with the Ravens.