The Ravens' Thursday night preseason finale was the last chance for several roster bubble players to make their impression before Saturday's 4 p.m. 53- man roster cut.
Baltimore emerged victorious with a 30-20 win over the Redskins, ending the preseason with a perfect 5-0 record.
Here's what we learned from the Ravens victory over the rival Redskins in the preseason finale.
1. Lamar Jackson's performance could have impact on RGIII's future
To much disappointment, Robert Griffin III did not get the opportunity to face his former team in what could be his last time in a Ravens uniform. The team deciding not to play Griffin III in the preseason finale could mean one of two things; they've seen enough to keep him on the 53-roster or they're planning to trade him.
"There's no doubt that you want Robert Griffin on your team," head coach John Harbaugh said. "He makes our quarterback room better and stronger. He looks like a starter to me. He has been a starter. Certainly a backup in this league, without question. I mean, that's not even close. I would like to have him on the team. We'll just have to see how the math works."
Harbaugh also noted not to read too much into all of it. When asked about his pending fate post game, RGIII said, "I haven't been told anything as far as my future here with this team or anywhere else."
His future in Baltimore could rely heavily on Lamar Jackson's performance Thursday. The rookie earned his first NFL start going 9-of-15 for 109 yards and a 82.4 QB rating. Jackson also rushed for 25 yards on three attempts and one touchdown.
Overall, Jackson looked the strongest he has all preseason, but how much faith the Ravens have in the rookie IF something were to happen to Joe Flacco will be answered Saturday at 4 p.m..
2. No answers on who will take the remaining WR spots
Wide receivers Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, John Brown and Chris Moore have secured spots on the Ravens roster, but the final two spots are still up in the air.
We were waiting for Breshad Perriman, Jordan Lasley, Tim White, Janarion Grant, Andre Levrone or DeVier Posey to give us something to talk about against the Redskins and that never really happened. Perriman was 3-4 for 24 yards, but his limited effort trying to block Adonis Alexander on an overturned interception had to be a strike against him. Plus, he lacks what White and Grant can offer on special teams.
What could help White make the cut is his versatility. Throughout the preseason, he has contributed on special teams, at wide receiver, and Thursday night at slot cornerback. At this point, these six men just have to be at peace with how they've performed over the last six weeks.
3. Cornerback depth became even thinner
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste was en-route to making the Ravens' 53-man roster with the four-week suspension of Jimmy Smith until he exited Thursday's game in the first with what appears to be a broken arm. A very tough pill to swallow for the New Orleans Saints' 2014 second-round pick who's appeared in only four career games.
That leaves the Ravens with Tavon Young, rookie Anthony Averett, Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr at the position while Maurice Canady has been sidelined since the team's first joint practice with the Colts.
All of this explains why Tim White made an appearance Thursday night at the position. How they supplement for the lack of depth will be interesting to watch as rosters are cut.
– Harbaugh said during the postgame press conference that fullback/nose tackle Patrick Ricard will make the roster. He had one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four combined tackles Thursday night.
– DE Bronson Kaufusi had an impressive night, leading the team's defense with 10 combined tackles and two sacks for 13 yards. Harbaugh praised his constant hustle saying,"... whatever it is, it’s just hustle this, hustle that. That’s how he plays. That’s how he lives his life. To me, he’s a four-three defensive end in real life. That’s probably what he’s meant to be. We play that package, so he could have a role with us."
– Rookie linebacker Kenny Young exited the game early in the first half with a knee injury. Young called the injury "nothing serious" and said he would be getting an MRI today. Going into the game, he lead the Ravens defense in tackles with 18.
– Preseason wins mean nothing, but the Ravens finished 5-0. They have not lost a preseason game since September 3, 2015.
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