The Baltimore Ravens started training camp ahead of all the other NFL teams. The start of the 2018 season has a lot going on. This is Ozzie Newsome’s last year as general manager and a new draft class gives Ravens fans a lot to look forward to.
The Ravens had one of it’s best drafts this year by filling the needed skill set position. With the new addition of wide receivers Micheal Crabtree and Willie Snead, quarterback Joe Flacco now has some weapons that can go after the ball. Hopefully the coordinators will make the playbook better for Flacco and company.
What a way to come back from a disarmingly bad loss last week against division rivals for the Baltimore Ravens to play like they did on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The Ravens played excellent on both sides of the ball.
After being criticized by both fans and press alike, the Ravens came out playing fast and smart. When given good protection and time to throw we see a completely different team. We see a team that has the ground game and passing game in sync. Coming into this game we didn’t know which Ravens team was going to show up Sunday.
Glad to see the preparedness for the Raiders was on display. Quarterback Joe Flacco looked comfortable in the pocket. He didn’t throw one interception and was not sacked at all. Despite some injuries to some players we still managed to escape mistake free.
The Baltimore Ravens opened up on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals and came out with a divisional win. On a day where we didn’t know how the offense would hold up giving the fact that Joe Flacco hadn’t played at all during the preseason, Joe managed the game as a playmaker should. The line only allowed Joe to be sacked one time.
The run game was not abandoned which was a good thing. Seeing both Terrance West and Buck Allen split carries was refreshing. Both ran well. It was good to see one of our wide receivers score a touchdown. Hopefully we will see more from our passing attack. The coaches did a wonderful game plan coming into week 1 because there have been plenty of times where we have gone into Cincy and come away with a loss. That has ended.
Joe seemed to settle into the game as it progressed along. Joe showed no signs of any lingering back problems or pain even when he got sacked. He completed 9-17 passes for 121 yards. The passing highlight was the 48 yard touchdown from Jeremy Maclin that gave us a 10-0 score in the first half.
The run game was displayed as a two headed monster with both West and Allen sharing the load. We ran the ball 47 times with an astounding 157 yards in rushing which was done by not abandoning the run game. With the Ravens controlling the game by running the ball, the passing game wasn’t need that much. Once Joe gets back in sync with the receivers it will open up more in due time.
Defense : The Baltimore Ravens played their first preseason game against the Washington Redskins last night. It was the first look at the team playing against someone else other than each other. This time they got to hit.
The Ravens won the coin toss and elected to get the ball in the second half. The Defense came out the gate smoking. It was good to see the Defense getting to the quarterback and stopping their run game.
I saw a mix of blitzes, pass rushing from the Defense. A few veterans played 20 snaps and then we got to see some Rookies play at least 20 snaps.
Players who stood out to me on defense were Defensive End Brent Urban who had one sack, two fumbles and four tackles . Also Rookie Tyrus Bowser stood out on defense, as well. The defense as a whole showed that they are serious. Continue reading “Ravens Preseason Game 1”→
My Baltimore Ravens player spotlight is WR Mike Wallacewho is in his second year with the team. I have followed him even though he played for one of our rivals, The Pittsburgh Steelers. He was one of my favorite players in the NFL – whenever we played the Steelers he would burn whomever had to defend him.
Mike Wallace was born on August 1,1986 to the proud parents Brunel and SonjiaWallace in New Orleans, Louisiana. He played football at an early age at O. Perry Walker High School where he played on both sides of the ball. His senior year was the most successful year where he received first team All-State honors. Having caught 60 passes for 1,039 yards with 19 touchdowns, He also was a standout track and field athlete in high school where he was rated as a two-star recruit by rivals.com.
After having accepted a scholarship from Oregon State, he decided to attend The University of Mississippi where he had an outstanding college career. In each of his games he ran for over 30 yards or more. He ranked first in the SEC in yards per catch in 2007. In his four years at Ole Miss he played in at least 10 or more gamesandhas had two 100 yard games.
The Baltimore Ravens had their second open practice for the public this past Saturday at the Navy Stadium in Annapolis, MD. I made the trip with my nephews.
There was a sizeable amount of fans there for Military Appreciation Day. They had it set up similar to practice at M&T Stadium last weekend.
The practice started at 6pm with the team doing stretches in each of their groups. They then began the workouts in their individual drills.
There were position battles, such as blocking for the quarterback, as to where the offensive linemen had to be in order to stop the defensive linemen from getting to him. Ronnie Stanley in his second yr held his own, as well as, some rookies. Ryan Jensen who will be our starting center was impressive but we will see how well he does once the season starts.
Sunday, July 30th was the first of three Baltimore Ravens‘ open practices for the fans.
Many fans got to see some familiar faces, and new players. There were different sessions going on in different areas of the field. The fans got to see the new jumbo screen that replaced the smaller ones.
During the first session, the defense worked on drills on one end of the field. The offensive linemen worked on another part of the field. There was plenty to watch on the field and the screen.
The defense won the game as far as points. Rookie Marlon Humphrey was very impressive in man coverage. He is showing great promise, but it’s only training camp – time will tell when it comes to live play. Another rookie who made a nice grab for a touchdown was WR Tim White from Arizona State, pass was thrown by David Olson. He also threw a nice pass to Mike Wallace.
With the 2017 season upon us the Rookies have reported to camp to get acclimated to their new home for the next 7 months. Quarterbacks and the rest of the veterans are starting to show up .
The main focus this season will be the offense. We need players to step up, be leaders and be vocal. There will be position battles especially on the offensive line. The competition for the Center position, the Defensive End and the Wide Receivers. Also, who will be our Punt Returner/Kick Returner with Michael Campanaro on the PUP list.
This training camp will be a test for everyone on how our season will be. Fans will get to see the players at M&T Stadium starting July 30th and two more times before the season starts. This will be a make or break season for some to either make the 53 man roster or make it to the practice squad.
In recent news, the Baltimore Ravens signed FA Jeremy Maclin after having him visit us last week. He also had a visit with the Buffalo Bills as well. His signing was a much needed addition to our wide receiver corp. His veteran presence is a good fit only if our offensive coach uses him correctly.
How many times have we had good wide receivers and they were not used properly? Either we are going to use them correctly or we will be in the same position we were in last season.
Who will step in at the tight end position now that Dennis Pitta has retired due to his injury? We have plenty to pick from, hopefully, they will step up and produce. We will see come training camp who steps up and make plays.
Well now that the draft is over, did we address our needs?
In some areas we did. Such as defensive backs on defense. That is an area where we struggled greatly last season. With Jimmy Smith being hurt we had no one else other than Tavon Young who was a rookie in that position and played pretty good. Not as strong as Jimmy though. We picked up Marlon Humphrey from Alabama, a physical corner.
Another area was a pass rusher, with Elvis Dumervil gone we addressed that with the pickup of Tyus Bowser OLB from the University of Houston, he was the #5 edge defender in the run stop. This is an area where we were lacking with only 1 sack of the quarterback the whole season. We also picked up a gem of the 5 stand technique in DE Chris Wormley from the University of Michigan. We also picked up OLB Tim Williams from Alabama who was a third round steal pass rusher.