12:12 PM EST, Tue January 17, 2017
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Should the Ravens look at safety in the first round?

Should the Ravens look at safety in the first round?

Lardarius Webb's release would save cap space Safety was not exactly the problem in the Ravens secondary. Eric Weddle performed at an All-Pro worthy level, even if he struggled late in the season, (Carson Wentz barrelling into the end zone and the numerous crack blocks and pancakes he was a victim of against the Steelers). Lardarius Webb on the other end, struggled to start the season in his new position but improved as the year wore on. Weddle is here to stay. Clearly nobody thinks otherwise. Webb however, could be cut. His release would free up $5.5 million. If the Ravens want to get...
6 hours ago
Do Ravens have the backs to run a power based offense?

Do Ravens have the backs to run a power based offense?

Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon are viewed as a pair of running backs that are serviceable, and that have both flashed talent. But neither of them has shown the capabilities to handle a full workload. With Juan Castillo leaving and Greg Roman expected to put his power scheme imprint on the running game, West and Dixon face questions. West is a one-speed back who struggles to re-accelerate after hitting first contact. His vision is not nearly as detrimental to his game as Bernard Pierce's was, but West does leave yards on the field by picking the wrong holes. Dixon's vision is better, and...
Jan 14, 2017
2017 NFL Draft: Adoree' Jackson, Tre'Davious White offer special team value

2017 NFL Draft: Adoree' Jackson, Tre'Davious White offer special team value

The Ravens can fix the issues they have had on punt/kick returns since Jacoby Jones left the team in 2014. The Ravens have lacked a playmaker at the punt and kick returner positions for the last three seasons. The ideal situation would have the designated special team player have a role on the side of the ball he is drafted to. LSU’s Tre'Davious White and USC’s Adoree’ Jackson can be impact starters at the position the Ravens need to upgrade the most. Cornerback and returner have been issues for far too long. The Ravens have the opportunity to knock out two longstanding issues in one...
Jan 7, 2017
Eric Weddle snubbed from All-Pro team

Eric Weddle snubbed from All-Pro team

The safety, coming off a stellar season did not get his due After being snubbed from the Pro Bowl, most expected the media to come to their senses and vote Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle as an all-pro. But Baltimore was let down... Again. Weddle is coming off a season that saw him reach his highest interception total since his seven in 2011 at 4 (though his fifth against the Eagles should have stood). Weddle is coming off what he has gone on record to say was one of his best seasons. He is Pro Football Focus' second highest rank safety and did make the website’s all pro first team...
Jan 5, 2017
Rentention of Pees, Mornhinweg proves Harbaugh ok with mediocrity

Rentention of Pees, Mornhinweg proves Harbaugh ok with mediocrity

The Ravens have officially fallen from the league's elites. The Baltimore Ravens are now officially an average franchise. Three of the past four season have been frustrating failures that largely saw the same issues rear their ugly heads without being corrected. Fourth quarter leads have consistently been blown, running the ball has consistently been abandoned and yet in these three years the only constants have been the coaches that have not been replaced. Juan Castillo will be returning, as will be Dean Pees. Though Marty Mornhinweg has only been a coordinator for half a season, the...
Jan 3, 2017
With Ravens picking at 16, options abound

With Ravens picking at 16, options abound

The last time the Ravens picked in the mid-first round, C.J Mosley was the find. It is the upside of a dissapointing season. The opportunity to bring in highly ranked talent is significantly better than it typically is for the Ravens, though lately, it could be argued that they have come back down to the pack. Baltimore has direct needs at the wide receiver, cornerback, edge rusher and center with secondary needs at safety. With the team picking in the mid-rounds, they are virtually guaranteed to find a top rated prospect at one of these five positions. At wide receiver, Corey Davis, Mike...
Jan 1, 2017
For Ravens, playing key starters brings no benefit

For Ravens, playing key starters brings no benefit

What's a meaningless win as compared to an ACL? Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs and Marshall Yanda are all slated to play against the Cincinnati Bengals in this week 17 tilt. There is nothing on the line. The season is over. But for whatever the reason may be, the Baltimore Ravens are putting its three best and most important players and leaders at risk this coming Sunday. If Flacco were to once again tear his ACL due to James Hurst's ineptitude, there would be no amount of legitimate excuses to justify the disaster. Terrell Suggs' importance to the defense, and to the overall swagger and...
Dec 30, 2016
Steve Smith retirement makes Wide Receiver position critical need

Steve Smith retirement makes Wide Receiver position critical need

Look for the Ravens to attack in free agency As regards to the wide receiver depth chart, the Ravens will not catch a break. Steve Smith will not be back next season. This leaves Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman as the top two receivers. Entering the next season without any additions is a recipe for disaster. The Ravens front office will need to accept that Kamar Aiken simply isn't good enough. Perriman on the other hand, flashed his ability, but to thrust him into a full time role would be unwise. Wallace's stints in Miami and in Minnesota proved he was better suited as a number two than...
Dec 28, 2016
Prospect preview: Takkarist McKinley

Prospect preview: Takkarist McKinley

McKinley presents the classic case of breakout player and in-season riser. It is not unwise to be wary of this type of player, but his skill-set shows good traits. What he does best: McKinley is a freak. One look at his body is all one needs to be impressed. He combines good size with great athleticism. McKinley's bull rush has not been stopped in college. He plays with great leverage and is consistent with his hand placement, finding the inside of tackles' breastplates with regularity. His athleticism then takes over and the torque in his hips allows him to drive tackles back. His...
Dec 25, 2016
Ravens crash out of playoff race

Ravens crash out of playoff race

The season is over. Things looked good at the start of the fourth quarter, with the Ravens up 20-10, but the Steelers opened up the offense and the Ravens defense couldn’t answer. The loss wraps up the Ravens season. With the Dolphins pulling off a hard fought win over the Buffalo Bills, with their back-up quarterback, the Ravens only avenue to the playoffs was through the division. The Ravens will find themselves now picking in the mid-to-low teens. Pittsburgh is likely to find themselves as the third seed in the Wildcard playoffs, facing the Dolphins, Chiefs or Broncos. All in all, this...
Dec 23, 2016
Prospect preview: Derek Barnett

Prospect preview: Derek Barnett

Derek Barnett has been the SEC's most productive defender in the last three years. Will his production translate to the pros? What he does well: Derek Barnett is the kind of player who has had to refine his skills to make up for lack of athleticism. While not an elite athlete, his get off is consistent since he has learned to consistently time snaps. His motor never stops. Barnett is bound to be a player who clean up a lot of plays. Even if he unable to bend the edge at the tightest of angles, Barnett does a great job of running the arc and flattening to the quarterback once he's had enough...
Dec 20, 2016
Ravens offense needs to find someone worth building around.

Ravens offense needs to find someone worth building around.

Since the bye, the Ravens offense has improved. But in no way does it feel like they are gelled and performing at a quality rate. When looking at its personnel, one sees a cast of fairly talented players without a linchpin. Sure there are players, and a lot of them. But the heavy rotation used at all three skill positions show the Ravens coaching staff does not know who to rely on and do not a have a blue chip player to scheme around. Regardless of who coordinates the offense next season, the same issue will be present if the Ravens do not invest in a legitimate, bonafide playmaker....
Dec 18, 2016
Should making the playoffs be the Ravens standard?

Should making the playoffs be the Ravens standard?

John Harbaugh's Ravens have been an upper echelon team for the entirety of his tenure, minus the super bowl hangover and last season. But now, this team is clawing its way to the postseason. This fact can only beg the question: Shouldn't expectations be raised? The Ravens are in a position where making the playoffs is expected; but squeaking in as a wildcard seed with the division there for the taking isn’t good enough. The Ravens have done that already. For those who may say, “getting into the dance” is the only thing required for a team to win a Super Bowl, I would suggest it is...

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