The Ravens are looking for players to step up in the pass-rush department, and Bowser came up with a sack early in the game on quarterback Cody Kessler. The former second-round pick forced his way into Philadelphia’s backfield on several occasions and collected a pair of tackles for loss to go along with the sack. He also forced a holding call in the third quarter with a powerful pass rush. Head Coach John Harbaugh praised Bowser after the game and the good showing Thursday night could help him as the Ravens trim down the roster.
The fourth-year running back entered training camp as a long-shot in a crowded backfield, but his ability as a returner makes him an intriguing roster candidate. The Ravens gave him opportunities at punt returner, and he did spring one return for a 21-yard gain. Ervin is competing with defensive back Cyrus Jones for the punt returner job, but Jones seems to have the edge given his success last year and role on the defense. Ervin would likely need a big showing in the preseason finale to unseat him from that role.
The former first-round pick by the Denver Broncos came to Baltimore this offseason hoping to resurrect his career. He played deep into the second half and had a quiet night against the Eagles, unable to come up with any sacks. Ray has a half sack in the three preseason games. He is competing with Bowser and Tim Williams for roster spots and playing time, and that could be one of the most difficult decisions come cutdown day.