Game Preview: Baltimore Ravens @ Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys will get their first look at Tony Romo's recovery from back surgery in live action. The team has been cautious with Romo all offseason and it's time to turn him lose, the strong offensive lien show keep him out of harms way, but it's important to see Romo show he hasn't lost his mobility and escapability that makes him one of the NFL's most exciting players.
Similar to last week the Ravens front seven features a handful of 1st and 2nd round draft picks which includes All-Pros Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs to give the offensive line another strong test. Ron Leary has been getting first team reps at left guard this week, he may get a chance to shine, considering he is younger, cheaper and bigger than Bernadeau in addition to Bernadeau being the backup center, the Cowboys would probably like to see Leary grab ahold of this job.
It's doubtful the Cowboys will want to expose DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar much, look for another heavy dose of Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams to compete for the primary backup spot.
The Ravens do have some talent on their offensive line, but they also have some weaknesses, the Cowboys defensive front will need to show improvement from the first week. The team felt confident enough to have surgery on 7th round pick Ben Gardner and traded Ben Bass to the New England Patriots because of the play of undrafted rookie Davon Coleman. With Amobe Akoye just being cleared for football and Henry Melton tweaking his groin, Coleman may start again and have an opportunity so secure a roster spot with a solid performance.
The team may also get it's first look at linebacker Rolando McClain in the linebacker rotation, there may be some rust and he may be a step slow, but the Cowboys would like to see him mix it up and make some tackles.
Orlando Scandrick received a four game suspension this week, it's unclear how much if at all Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne will play, so youngsters Terrence Mitchell and B.W. Webb will get a heavy dose of playing time, hopefully this time they can force a Joe Flacco incompletion.