Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cameron takes swipe at Gaither camp?

The battle for the fifth wide receiver will certainly be a hotly contested positional competition and for the moment the two slugging it out are Demetrius Williams and David Reed. Williams has been the beneficiary of more reps with backup QB Marc Bulger and if you take that as an indicator, Reed is going to have to step it up to make the final 53.

Or wait!

Is that a hamstring that we just heard pop and he's headed for IR?

Speaking of the backup QB, former Raven and current NFL Network analyst Rod Woodson is on record saying that Troy Smith is the best back up in the NFL.


If you ask me he's not even the best backup on the Ravens and excuse me there Rod, but just off the top of my head while perusing the teams in the league the names Vick, Anderson, Collins, Rosenfels, Leftwich, Kitna all are better backup signal callers than Troy Smith. I would even go so far to say that third stringers Dennis Dixon and Kellen Clemens and arguably the Raiders' Kyle Boller are all better than Smith. Even the Browns thought Seneca Wallace was better than Smith.


Hey, do Woodson and Smith have the same agent?

A few years back I asked Deion Sanders if he thought punt returning was more dangerous than kick returning. He did not hesitate to say, "No!" He explained that with kick returns the entire coverage team is running at full speed towards you when during punt returns the coverage isn't as heavy and a lateral move here and there allows a returner to escape pursuit.

Yesterday I heard Mike Preston discussing the Ravens options for punt returning. He said that teams really don't want to put a starter in that position because you run the risk of injury and suggested that Tom Zbikowski should be returning punts because he's a valuable backup filling in for Ed Reed.

I totally disagree.

Sorry Mike but you can't tell me that DeSean Jackson, Wes Welker, Joshua Cribbs, Eddie Royal, Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush and Jerricho Cotchery (top NFL punt returners mind you) are less important to their clubs than Zibby. Teams can't play with fear (memo to Cam Cameron).

Just sayin'...

While we're on the topic of memos and Cam Cameron, here's Cam giving props to Oniel Cousins:

"He's not 100 percent yet, but his effort is 100 percent," Cameron said. "One thing I like about 'Cous' is you know exactly what you're getting. He's not one guy one day and another guy the next day. He shows up. He's there every day. He's where he's supposed to be, he gives you his best effort.

"Sometimes, he doesn't execute the play like he would like or we would like, but his effort is consistent. Pretty much, a play-caller can deal with a guy like that. To me, it's easy to call plays when he's in there because I know I'm going to get a great effort."

"Cous" is working hard and it's nice to see it acknowledged but let's call this statement from Cameron what it is - a salvo to Messrs. Gaither and Rosenhaus.


Word is that special teams coach Jerry Rosburg did not confront recently released long snapper Matt Katula after the Ravens' coaching staff opted to go with undrafted rookie Morgan Cox. According to one source Katula being the class act that he is reached out to Rosburg and thanked him for the opportunity to play for the team.

Here's to Katula landing a spot elsewhere.

Hopefully this premature release works to his advantage.


Jerry B said...

Disagree re: Zibby returning punts. Not a matter of playing with "fear" as much as it is a matter of playing "smart". With Reed nursing his thigh injury and out indefintely and, with cornerback a major concern at the moment, they can ill afford to lose Zibby. Punt returners are virtually unprotected as they are looking up to field the ball! There used to be a rule that gave them some "space" when fielding a punt, but that no longer seems the case. Cousins will continue to give all he has, but to date, it doesn't appear to be enough. And, Gaither simply cannot be relied on, so what looked like a strength may turn out to be another trouble spot........

Harryos29 said...

I would never let a DB , who is a STARTER Return punts...unless its the 4th quarter and we were down by 6 points...and it meant the play offs. Has the name DAVID REED been mentioned back there. and Remember what happened to # 21 Lardarious WEBB vs DA BEARS?? HELLO...protect your starters...if you can.

Tony Lombardi said...

So it was ok a couple of years back when a rather small safety starting in place of an injured Dawan Landry (who was out for the season with a spinal concussion) returned punts for the Ravens but it's not ok for Zibby?

Does the name Jim Leonhard ring a bell?