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The Ravens extended their preseason win streak to 21 straight games with a 23-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The first preseason game always garners the most attention. All of the new additions are put under a microscope as fans get their first look at rookies in live game action. Also, the team can measure up their new free agents. Several Ravens made good impressions but here are four players, two offensive and two defensive, that truly stood out.
The Ravens have been searching for a playmaking tight end opposite All-Pro Mark Andrews for a few years and they may have found one in rookie tight end Isaiah Likely. A fourth round pick in this past draft, Likely has been the talk of camp so far and his first preseason game seemed to confirm the hype. Likely showed off his shiftiness following a quick dump off a few yards behind the line of scrimmage. Despite being surrounded by multiple defenders, Likely juked and wiggled his way to a first down without a finger touching him. He did have two holding penalties on him showing he still has ways to go as a blocker. Still, it’s hard not to get excited for Likely to take the field.
Shemar Bridges, WR
There is a race among several undrafted free agent receivers to be the fifth wideout in Baltimore and Shemar Bridges may have just lapped his competition. The 6’4, 210 pound receiver made a handful of tough catches look routine. Bridges opened a lot of eyes after scaling up for a beautiful lob from quarterback Tyler Huntley for a touchdown right before halftime. Bridges finished with four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. If he keeps making impressive grabs, the fifth wideout spot is his to lose.
Steven Means, EDGE
Means was signed by the Ravens back in June to give the team some needed depth at outside linebacker. However, no one thought he offered much beyond veteran camp fodder. His play against the Titans might have earned him more than that. Means was locked in throughout the first half, recording three tackles, one for a loss, and a sack. More than that was the relentless pressure Means was applying. The eighth-year veteran looked like a defender fighting for a roster spot. With how thin the Ravens are at outside linebacker, Means could carve out a nice role for himself.
Geno Stone, DB
Stone was a heatseeking missile for the Ravens late in the game. The former seventh-round pick out of Iowa was all over the field. Stone recorded two tackles, defending two passes and hauling in an interception. He also nearly got to the Titans quarterback on a fourth and goal at the end of the game to force an incompletion. Ravens fans have been clamoring for Stone to receive more playing time over the last few years as he has lit up the preseason time and again.