Protecting quarterback Joe Flacco will be a priority for the Ravens on Saturday night, as it always is. The Redskins already have six sacks this preseason, including two by Ryan Kerrigan. Flacco is expected to play into the second half, and the Ravens don’t want to see Flacco getting knocked around in his final dress rehearsal before the regular season.
In 2013, Flacco was sacked a career high 48 times. Saturday will be a good test to see where the Ravens’ pass protection stands. Flacco did not sound worried about his offensive line.
“I feel great behind them right now,” Flacco said. “I don’t know what that says. I always feel comfortable behind them on Sunday. It’s just a matter of going out there and doing it. I feel great. They’re playing really well, they’re playing really fast. They’re mentally freed up to the point where they can just go be physical. As an offensive lineman, that’s a big thing, because that’s your No. 1 job. When you don’t get to do that and you’re kind of siting back and trying to sort things out, then things can go the wrong way. That’s not happening.”
With left guard Kelechi Osemele healthy again, and Jeremy Zuttah (center) and Rick Wagner (right tackle) adding new faces to the offensive line, the Ravens believe the pass protection has improved. Keeping Flacco clean Saturday night would be a good way to show that.