The Ravens close out the preseason with a game against the Rams in St. Louis. While the starters will probably play very little, the game is still important in finding out who makes the final 53-man roster. Several jobs and roster spots will be up for grabs, as this game gives those fighting for jobs a last chance to make a good impression. There are a few things to look for in this game, no matter the result.
1. Offensive line. Considering the injuries the line has suffered, it will be interesting to see how the backups play in extended action. Some of these guys may have to step up at some point in time, and with the line being somewhat subpar this preseason, it will be important to see how the linemen play in this game.
2. Receivers. With the injury to Donte Stallworth, there is a roster spot up for grabs. That means that Demetrius Williams, David Reed, Marcus Smith and Justin Harper have an opportunity to impress. Williams seemingly is always in this position. Reed has been inconsistent after being great before training camp.
3. Troy Smith. Sources say he will play the entire game. Is he auditioning for another team, or just solidifying his status with the Ravens as the third quarterback?
4. Secondary. Who among those battling for jobs will stand out against the Rams? With new acquisition Josh Wilson not expected to play, there is an opportunity for Prince Miller, as well as several other cornerback hopefuls to show what they can do.
A win, whether meaningful or not, would give the Ravens an undefeated preseason for the second season in a row. Surely that is far less important for players on the bubble.