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Raiders 2016 pre-camp season preview: Week 4 at Baltimore Ravens

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For the third road game in the first month the Raiders head to Baltimore to face the Ravens.

The Raiders faced the Ravens in Oakland last season and pulled out a hard fought victory which ended with Neiko Thorpe intercepting Joe Flacco.

Ravens 2015 numbers
Record: 5-11
Offense rank:14
Defense rank: 8

It was not a typical season for the Ravens in 2015. Prior to last season, they hadn’t had a losing record since 2007 and were a playoff team six of seven years, including winning the Super Bowl.

They have long been known for their defense, but the days of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Haloti Ngata patrolling the defense are over. Terrell Suggs was also lost for all but one game last season and is nearly 34 years old.

While they ranked respectably in terms of yards on offense and defense, points was a different story. In points scored, they ranked 25th and points allowed they were 24th. They didn’t have a 1000-yard rusher or receiver and Flacco threw for a meager 2791 yards. Their 14 turnovers as a team was tied for the fewest in the league and their six interceptions was easily an NFL low.

While they still have All Pro guard Marshall Yanda, they will have to face their former guard Kelechi Osemele who is with the Raiders now. To get you up to speed on the Ravens now, we get an assist from the folks over at Baltimore Beatdown:

Notable free agent additions: Eric Weddle DB, Mike Wallace WR, Benjamin Watson TE

Notable free agent departures: Kelechi Osemele OG, Matt Schaub QB, Courtney Upshaw OLB,

Trades: None

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:

1st round (6th overall) OT Ronnie Stanley - With Eugene Monroe was cut it is clear the Ravens have complete faith for the young gun to become a blindside blocker

2nd round (42nd overall) LB Kamalei Correa - Some uncertainty where Correa will be playing, as the Ravens are testing the speedy LB at inside & outside positions. Nonetheless expect Correa to be a rotational necessity

4th round (134th overall) RB Kenneth Dixon - The tailback from La. Tech is expected to become the starter by mid-season by some pundits. Will be interesting come later down the road, with Justin Forsett & Javorius Allen ahead in the Depth Chart currently.

6th round (182nd overall) ST/PR/KR Keenan Reynolds - The former Navy QB is transitioning towards a receiving role, but for the first time in Ravens history the depth chart is more stout. Expect Reynolds to fight for Special Teams and PR/KR snaps.

Biggest offseason addition: Eric Weddle - No doubt the highly intelligent and skilled safety is the biggest addition. Once Reed left the back end of the defense seems in disarray. Expect him to ground the secondary and make the Ravens defense great again!

Biggest storyline heading into training camp: Health - Baltimore suffered loses to starting OLB, QB, RB, WR, WR, TE, LT and many second string role players.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: Dennis Pitta return - The reason for calling this under-the-radar is we’ve heard this story twice. It’s less notable now.

Notable injuries heading into training camp: LOL. . . - Joe Flacco ACL & MCL, Steve Smith Sr. Achilles, Terrell Suggs Achilles, Jimmy Smith screw removal, Dennis Pitta dislocated hip, Breshad Perriman ACL minor tear, Crockett Gillmore shoulder surgery

Also see the previews for:

Week 1 at New Orleans Saints

Week 2 vs Atlanta Falcons

Week 3 at Tennessee Titans