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Ravens: Five players to watch in tonight's preseason opener

The Ravens open their preseason tonight against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Here are five players to keep an eye on during the game (in alphabetical order):
CB Chykie Brown
Brown likely won't be anything above the Ravens' fourth cornerback, but Brown has been one of the standouts of training camp to this point and, according to defensive coordinator Dean Pees, has improved as much as anyone on Baltimore's team during the last two years.
Brown has seen extensive time with the first-team defense during the early part of camp with Webb working back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and has more than held his own against Baltimore's first-team wide receivers, including against the Ravens' top wide receiver, Torrey Smith.
WR Tandon Doss
Doss is vying with Jacoby Jones and Deonte Thompson for playing time opposite Smith. He's struggled at times during training camp, as have Jones and Thompson, but he had a strong spring and has flashed the hands and route-running skills that he's highly regarded for at times during training camp.
S Matt Elam
Elam, Baltimore's top pick in this year's NFL draft, is pushing veteran James Ihedigbo for the Ravens' starting strong safety job. Ihedigbo has had a strong camp and is currently the first-team strong safety, but Elam has impressed teammates and coaches since the spring with his athleticism, toughness and versatility.
TE Visanthe Shiancoe
Shiancoe signed with the Ravens last week after Baltimore lost top tight end Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hip injury, and he'll likely see extensive playing time with the Ravens' first-team offense during the preseason with tight end Ed Dickson now sidelined by a partially torn hamstring.
Dickson is expected back by the first week of the regular season, but the preseason should provide a good indication of whether Shiancoe is a viable option in the passing game even once Dickson gets back.
ILB Daryl Smith
Smith dealt with a lingering groin injury with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, but he was considered one of the better linebackers in the NFL as recently as two years ago and continues to draw praise for his play during training camp.
Smith signed with Baltimore in June and has been a fixture at inside linebacker with the first-team defense ever since.

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