The NFL preseason odds of the Baltimore Ravens signing Colin Kaepernick are slim and none, and slim just left. The Ravens will visit the Miami Dolphins with yet another quarterback rotation.
- Date: Thursday, 17th August
- Time: 7:05 PM
- Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Sportsbook Online Odds for fans who bet on the NFL preseason:
Ravens +3 (-116) 39½ (-110)
Dolphins -3 (-104) 39½ (-110)
At this point they’re doing it on purpose
Ryan Mallett threw 9 of 18 for 58 yards in the Ravens’ 23-3 win over the Redskins on Thursday. Head coach John Harbaugh complimented Mallett’s performance but sportsball writers such as Kevin Patra thought differently.
Ryan Mallett’s first drive shows he still has no touch. Pass through RBs hands, then underthrows open WR down field.
— Kevin Patra (@kpatra) August 10, 2017
Meanwhile Dustin Vaughan finished 1 of 1 for 10 yards but that is a moot point since the Ravens waived Vaughan and brought in free agent Thaddeus Lewis. Fun fact: the Houston Texas signed Lewis on November 24, 2014, after starter Mallett suffered a season-ending injury, but was released in that same offseason. More proof that time is cyclical and not linear (shout out to Nietzsche). Lewis was last seen on the 49ers injury reserve in early 2016. Speaking of which, one has to believe that the Baltimore brass is going out of its way to spite former Niners QB Colin Kaepernick.
Reportedly the Ravens won’t hire Kap because they need a camp arm and nothing more. However, somebody close to Kap said that’s something he’d be interested in. to which Kap may or may not have said, “Somebody said they were close to me?” seriously though, Kap is a pacifist, and the Ravens’ practice is fraught with fighting. Word is that linebacker Za’Darius Smith challenged center Ryan Jensen to a fight and the latter – who has 60 pounds in the former – happily obliged. Apparently, they hugged it out later.
The NFL preseason odds of Jay Cutler starting again the Ravens are pretty good. According to Miami Herald’s Miami Dolphins Reporter Adam Beasley, head coach Adam Gase said he is “rending” toward letting the veteran play, though he hasn’t made quite made up his mind just yet. Cutler sat out Miami’s 23-20 win over the Falcons on Thursday, in which David Fales, Brandon Doughty, and Matt Moore were in charge of the aerial attack. While the passing game may upgrade, the running game may have suffered another setback.
Just as running back Jay Ajayi is in the last stages of concussion protocol – he took part in his second practice without limitations on Monday but can’t play until cleared by an independent physician – his fellow back Kenyan Drake may have a concussion himself when he crashed into rookie cornerback Torry McTyer during an 11-on-11 practice period.
“It’s football. It happens,” Gase said. “That’s why they have pads on.” Maybe they should wear maxi pads, just in case. If Drake really was concussed Miami might have no choice but to play the entirety of the game versus Baltimore with running backs Damien Williams, Storm Johnson, Senorise Perry, and De’Veon Smith. And that could potentially affect their NFL preseason odds.