Preseason game number three is always a little more important than all the rest. Around the National Football League it’s known as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. It’s usually when the starters get their most snaps of any preseason outing. That’s not the way the Ravens see it.
“Everyone says this is a dress rehearsal. We’ve been treating each game, especially the ones, that it’s a real game and we’ve been playing like it. So, it’s another test,” said Ravens safety Eric Weddle.
Saturday’s test brings the Buffalo Bills, who are winless thus far in the preseason. The Ravens are 2-0 and want to continue fine tuning what they believe is the formula for victories come September.
“I think the first two games have shown what type of team we are. Play great on defense, play unbelievable special teams and play solid on offense. That’s going to be the secret for us to win,” said Weddle.
Heading into Saturday many Ravens fans are wondering if we’re going to see more of Josh Woodrum. The quarterback backing up Ryan Mallett scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in last week’s win over Miami. Over the first two games Mallett has played the entire first half. Has the thinking changed for this weekend? Coach Harbaugh didn’t give any answers on that front.
“It will work out the way you see it work out. I think I’ve made it pretty clear I’m not talking about any of that stuff. We’ll do it the way we plan on doing it and we’ll see how it goes,” said the Ravens head coach.
Seeing how it goes with Woodrum alongside the starting offense may benefit Baltimore. They know what they have in the veteran backup Mallett. Woodrum has bounced around five different teams since coming out of Liberty University in 2016.
Joe Flacco remains on the shelf with a back injury.