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We finally got our first glimpse at the Ravens offense after that offseason overhaul, and the results were mixed. After a Panthers punt and a 28-yard return by Tom Zbikowski, the Ravens took over at their own 47-yard line.

The Ravens' first offensive play was a play-action bootleg, and Joe Flacco rolled out to find Derrick Mason streaking across the formation (something we may see often this season, if training camp is any indication).

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After two incompletions, the Ravens lined up with three wideouts (Mason, Anquan Boldin and Mark Clatyon). Mason, Boldin and tight end Todd Heap ran clearing routes, and Clayton ran a deep in. Wide open, Clayton moved the chains with a 18-yard reception.

The drive stalled inside the 10-yard line. The Ravens lined up with Terrence Cody in at fullback, but he jumped early setting the Ravens back five yards (when Cody waddled off the field, he looked like a little kid running in a snow suit -- well, a massive kid).

Two plays later, on third down, Panthers defensive end Tyler Brayton beat left tackle Michael Oher for a sack. Drive over. Shayne Graham tacked on three points. Not a terrible result.

By the way, Flacco was 2-of-4 on the drive for 41 yards.

The Ravens did squat on their second drive. We'll see if the starters get one more drive tonight.

Instant update: They got one more drive, and Flacco went 6-for-6, the last completion being a 30-yard touchdown pass to Clayton. Ten points in three drives isn't too shabby for the first-team offense.

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