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Looking ahead to tonight's Ravens game

In the first preseason game, I think the emphasis for fans should be to concentrate on very specific things. Naturally, everyone is interested in how the quarterback competition plays out but the fact that Chad Slaughter will be at left tackle and Mike Kracalik on the right side means that has to be factored into the quarterbacks' performances.

In the case of Kyle Boller, the coaches will be watching his decision-making and whether he is able to keep his composure and not rush himself. Naturally, it'll be a good thing if he completes passes and moves the chains, but more to the point is that he finds the right receiver.

Rookie running back Ray Rice will see a lot of time but I'm going to be interested in how he performs when he isn't carrying the ball, specifically on his blitz pick-ups and pass catching.

The depth level at wide receiver has always been problematic for this team. We know what Derrick Mason can do and Mark Clayton to an extent. But what about Demetrius Williams and Yamon Figurs? They both have the potential to be home run hitters but they also have to be consistent.

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