Preseason games are usually boring, but if you have to pick two to watch, always watch the first one and the third. The first one allows you to get a peek at any new wrinkles in the offense or defense. In the case of the Ravens, they have a new offensive coordinator in Cam Cameron, so it will be fun and interesting to see what kind of system he runs.
Also, you get a chance to take a look at some of the rookies. Some young guys to keep an eye on are running back Ray Rice, who might eventually end up pushing Willis McGahee out of town. Yes, he has shown that kind of potential in training camp.
As expected, rookie linebacker Tavares Gooden has shown a lot of explosion and passion, but the sleeper is fellow rookie linebacker Jameel McClain, a free agent out of Syracuse. Safety Haruki Nakamura was outstanding in offseason minicamps, and has been just as impressive in training camp.
Of course, keep an eye on offensive tackle Chad Slaughter. I don't know how many reps he can take because he is obviously out of shape, but the big man has quickness and explosion. A lot of attention will be focused on the offensive line, especially in the middle, where guards Marshal Yanda, Ben Grubbs and center Jason Brown are back in their natural positions.
I don't anticipate defensive coordinator Rex Ryan using a lot of his starters. He has more proven guys on that side of the ball, but we get a chance to see if those new corners, Fabian Washington and Frank Walker, can cover. Washington has been solid in training camp, but Walker has been getting torched a lot.
The third game is the true barometer because most coaches like to work their starters three quarters before giving them the fourth preseason game off in preparation of the season opener.