Game 215: August 3, 2018the Initials Game

The Baltimore Ravens first preseason game is over, as they took down the Chicago Bears 17-16. There a lot to digest, even though most of the starters didn’t play in this one.

The coaching staff wants to preserve the starters as much as possible for the regular season and not risk them getting injured. Instead, we got a good look at the Ravens rookie class, as well as some of the younger guys who have been with the team for a few years and are fighting for jobs.

A lot happened in this game, and although there was some rust, there are many things to take away. Lets dive in.

Perhaps the biggest storyline coming out of the Hall of Fame game was just how well linebacker Kamalei Correa played. He made a position switch this offseason, moving from inside linebacker back to outside linebacker, which is the position he originally came out of college as. It looks like the move back outside paid off for Correa, who was by far the player of the game for Baltimore.

Correa finished the game with five total tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception. He showed great ability to generate pressure on the quarterback, as well as decent coverage skills that resulted in a nice interception where he wrestled the ball away from a Bears receiver. He also was extremely close to a second interception, but couldn’t quite haul it in.

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He looked motivated and a lot stronger as well. He hasn’t performed up to expectations thus far in his career, and this offseason was key for him to improve and get stronger both physically and mentally for the upcoming season.

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Correa needed a strong preseason in order to secure a spot on the Ravens final 53 man roster. He started the preseason off with a bang and will hope to build on this strong performance.