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Falcons to play preseason opener against Ravens

6:56 AM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Mike Smith isn't thinking about the opponent as the Falcons enter their preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

There has been no game-planning in practice this week for Thursday's matchup. Instead, Smith says he wants to use his first look at his players in a game to help him build his depth chart.

Smith says the preseason opener is when "the real evaluation process truly starts."

Quarterback Matt Ryan and other starters may play only one quarter. Smith says he'll be closely watching his offensive line. Pass protection against the Ravens' tough defense will be a top priority.

Some linemen will play more than one position.

Gates to Thursday's game at the Georgia Dome will open at 5:30 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

(Associated Press)

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