BALTIMORE — In the team’s 15th preseason win in a row, the Ravens took the lead early and never ceased control as they beat the Packers 26-13 Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium.
As new Ravens made their debuts and old Ravens settled into their roles, there was plenty to take from Thursday’s win.
Here are three notable things to learn from the Ravens latest win:
1. Tavon Young
On a night filled with nearly entirely positives, coach John Harbaugh delivered the most devastating news of the night in his postgame press conference.
Cornerback Tavon Young, originally out with an injury not thought to be serious, is now expected to be out for the remainder of the season with a neck injury.
“Tavon [Young] has a more serious issue than we thought,” Harbaugh said. “He has a neck issue. The doctors can explain it, but that’s a disc issue. That’s a serious injury. He could be out for the remainder of the season. We will know soon, but it doesn’t look good for Tavon.”
Young was expected to fill a crucial role as a slot corner, with Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith all expected to be in the mix as well.
The injury to Young means that the most likely candidate to take the role of top slot corner is Cyrus Jones.
A 2016 second-round draft pick of the New England Patriots, he figures to see significant playing time the rest of the season.
2. Team Speed
If it wasn’t evident enough by the runs of Justice Hill, the Ravens have significant speed on their offense and defense this year.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson’s speed was easy to spot, but with Hill figuring to see carries this season, his speed and elusiveness will cause matchup problems for opposing defenses.
“He really made some runs, didn’t he?” Harbaugh began. “He made some tough runs. He had some speed runs, too, where he accelerated, but he had some tough runs. The one on the goal line, he had one where he was hemmed up and he broke a couple tackles there for a first down. He had a good night.”
Add into that the fact that Marquise Brown will see significant targets this season and Miles Boykin is replacing Michael Crabtree on the outside, the team has boosted its speed from last season.
With Earl Thomas back at safety in place of the departed Eric Weddle, it’s clear the defense has gotten faster, too.
3. Matthew Judon
While Matthew Judon was celebrating his birthday, he also made some newsworthy headlines across the night.
He recorded a sack, one of the team’s three on the night, he also was interviewed at halftime about what he hopes his future holds. Judon is entering the final year of his contract.
“Hopefully a contract extension with the Ravens, but we’re going to see,” Judon said. “We have a lot of stuff to prove out here, and hopefully I’m a part of this organization, this defense, for a long time to come.”
Judon’s night was a successful one, as the newly minted 27-year old was able to enjoy the win with family.
“It was good, happy birthday to myself,” he joked. “It was good. I got to be around people that love me, a lot of my brothers and also the fans. After this, I’m going to go and enjoy it with some of my teammates and my family.”
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