With the Ravens set to take on the Redskins, we take a look at the important match-ups to watch for both teams.
Players on the bubble
Ravens Insider Clifton Brown – With roster cuts looming, Saturday’s preseason game will have an impact on who stays, and who goes. Among the more prominent names are the bubble include:
Wide receivers - Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro, and Deonte Thompson.
Thompson’s 108-yard kickoff return against Dallas helped him, and I have always thought Campanaro would stick as a receiver and special teamer. However, Aiken has played well, and there isn’t room for all three of these players.
Cornerbacks – Dominique Franks and Tramain Jacobs
The Ravens’ top three corners won’t play, and Chykie Brown is almost certain to make the team. Saturday is a chance for Franks and Jacobs to make their case.
Safeties - Omar Brown, Anthony Levine, and Brynden Trawick
Matt Elam and Darian Stewart are the starters. Rookie safety Terrence Brooks is not going to get cut, and Will Hill will get playing time after serving his six-game suspension. That leaves Brown, Levine, and Trawick fighting for a role.
Quarterback - Keith Wenning
Tyrod Taylor has outperformed Wenning, who has not proven the Ravens should keep three quarterbacks. If Wenning sees action, he needs to play well.
Redskins Insider - Tarik El-Bashir
The third preseason game serves a dress rehearsal for the regular season. But once the starters exit, the jockeying for position on the depth chart will resume in earnest.
The players to watch in burgundy and gold are:
Rookie Offensive lineman - Morgan Moses and Spencer Long
Moses, a tackle, and Long, a guard, will switch from the left side to the right side against the Ravens. And while it doesn’t seem likely that they’ll be push incumbents Tyler Polumbus and Chris Chester immediately, Coach Jay Gruden is making the move for a reason. The coaches have even discussed playing Moses and Long with the first unit for a few plays.
Kickers- Kai Forbath and Zach Hocker
Forbath is 2 for 3 on field goals and has forced one touchback on five kickoffs. Hocker is 2 for 2 on field goals and force one touchback on three kickoffs. It would be hard to envision the Redskins keeping both of them.
Running back- Lache Seastrunk
In Washington's crowded backfield, Seastrunk leads the team in rushing with 98 yards on 19 attempts (5.2 per) and he’s learning the nuances of the position. But he might need another strong effort to guarantee a spot as he competes with Chris Thompson, who is questionable with a sprained ankle, Evan Roster and Silas Redd for one or maybe two remaining spots.