A look at how some of the Ravens' issues stand after Thursday night's preseason game at Philadelphia:
Pass rush: The Ravens finished with two sacks, but that’s a deceptive number. Even with a basic game plan, the defense got penetration and collapsed the pocket around Vince Young and Mike Kafka. The next step is finishing off the tackles and recording sacks. Snap judgment: Thumbs up.
Backup quarterback: It’s truly difficult to gauge Tyrod Taylor because there weren’t many times when he could sit in the pocket and go through progressions. His accuracy really impressed in his debut, and he didn’t get any balls batted at the line despite a lack of size. Still, based on how Taylor played, it would be a scary proposition to hand him the ball in a regular-season game if Joe Flacco got hurt. Snap judgment: Thumbs down.
Offensive tackles: Pass protection was one of the major disappointments for the Ravens. It was expected from a rookie like Jah Reid, but it’s disturbing when it happens to fourth-year lineman like Oniel Cousins. The starting right tackle for the Ravens might not be on this roster right now. Snap judgment: Thumbs down.
Tight ends: Dennis Pitta did his best Todd Heap impersonation and filled his void from the first offensive play of the game. He really took advantage of the increased playing time with Ed Dickson nursing a hamstring injury. The battle for the starting tight end job might be closer than many anticipated. Snap judgment: Thumbs up.
Sergio Kindle: His statistics amounted to two tackles and no quarterback hits. But Kindle’s first NFL game goes beyond numbers. Few expected Kindle to be suited up for this game a year after he fractured his skull. Snap judgment: Thumbs up.
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