Inside the Game: Part 3

During the preseason games, Dev Panchwagh will evaluate three Baltimore Ravens that are critical to the team's success for the 2002 season. The players are Edwin Mulitalo, Adalius Thomas and Kelly Gregg. Mulitalo is switching from left guard to right tackle, Thomas is switching from left end to strongside backer and Gregg is going to play nose tackle in the 3-4 set.

Edwin Mulitalo: It's back to the drawing board for Mulitalo…He had trouble handling the inside rush a number of times…He used his quickness of the snap to get in position fairly well, but he had trouble keeping his positioning at times…Burgess was able to turn Mulitalo at times, throwing him off balance after the initial hit…Mulitalo is still doing a nice job of sealing the edge rush…His footwork has gotten better and he is not as choppy in his backpedal…In run blocking situations, Mulitalo didn't stand his guy up that well…unlike last week, the right side was not always walled off.

 

Grade: D+

 

What to look for against the Giants: Mulitalo will face his stiffest test of the year against Michael Strahan, the best defensive end in football. So far, Mulitalo has shown that he can't handle power rushes well. Strahan uses his leverage, technique and hands better than any player in the league.

 

Adalius Thomas: Thomas seemed lost at times in coverage…He missed his assignments in the flat…Unlike last week, he didn't drop back in coverage that smoothly…Surprisingly, Thomas is not showing great explosiveness around the edge… You wouldn't know that Thomas has excellent straight line speed with the way he has been playing so far…This week; he did a much better job in a down stance though…He used his hands well, and he was able to disengage off the blocker against the run.

 

Grade: C

 

What to look for against the Giants: Thomas will finally get a bit of a break after playing against two excellent pass protecting lines. While Luke Petitgout is a very solid RT, the Giants' interior and left tackle situation is in a flux.

 

Kelly Gregg: Watching Gregg take on Runyan was fun...While Gregg was stalemated at times at the LOS by Runyan, who is one of the best RTs in the game, he also was able to push him back at times…He was once again able to stay on his feet at all times…Greg ran to the ball with high regularity, even when the action was on the other side of the field…Gregg seemed to frustrate Runyan at times because he didn't stop playing…Against the run, Gregg was handled at the LOS…He was stood up a number of times, and he didn't fight off his block that well…While he is able to stay compact and low, he is also having a tough time getting a head of steam at times…There were times when he was completely engulfed.  

 

Grade: C

 

What to look for against the Giants: If Anthony Weaver is still not able to play, Gregg will resume his role at end. He will go up against another formidable right tackle in Luke Petitgout, who uses his size and feet pretty well.


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