Saturday, August 21, 2010

Did Ravens camp address a few burning questions?


Has the team adequately addressed their secondary issues?

Before camp started the Ravens lost Domonique Foxworth to a torn ACL during non-contact drills. Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb are recovering rapidly from their respective ACL tears but they will enter the season with few repetitions to prep them for the season. None of the newcomers have really stepped up: Travis Fisher is in the neighborhood but rarely successfully defends a pass while Doug Dutch and Chris Hawkins have amounted to little more than camp fodder thus far. Chris Carr has had a very solid camp and is building upon the momentum he established at the back end of 2009. Cary Williams has also been solid and he may have a promising future if his progress continues. He provides very competent special teams play as well.

Will Joe Flacco take that next step?

Joe Flacco hasn't taken a big step forward so far and at times he has been outplayed by backup Marc Bulger during camp. He has thrown the ball over the middle more effectively and there have been times when he's looked off the safety and then used that big gun to produce points in the red zone. The consistency just hasn't been there and the Ravens will need that from Flacco particularly early in the season as the defense adjusts and finds its legs at corner.

Who will emerge as the team's placekicker?

NFL Betting sites would probably have made Shayne Graham a prohibitive favorite to be the Ravens placekicker when camp opened. And if they did those bets would now be off the board. Neither Graham nor Billy Cundiff has been a model of consistency as of late and the competition is far from over. If neither steps forward, the cheaper model (Cundiff) will be the winner.

4 comments :

Jerry B said...

The answer to the first question is, "no"! As to Flacco taking the next step, that depends on the offensive line that right now appears to be very vulnerable. In fact, that's more troubling than the secondary! As to the placekicker, it's "six of one and a half dozen of the other"! Both of these guys are "crap shoots" at best! My enthusiasm for this team has been tempered by a heavy dose of reality because of the secondary and "O" line issues......

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Aug 23
JERRY B and I have never met: But we think alike...However, he is right on. I heard that MATT STOVER is out there? I like Cundiff better ...just a gut feeling.
... They need to find a way to keep # 58 Jason Phillips (sp?). He is a can't Miss..he wears PETER BOULWARES old Number...nuff said?
He has impressed me from the JUMP. As a certain blogger on this site would say
"HE IS THE SHIT"
..

Davey Gross said...

The kicker is actually less of an important question these days than in past years. With Flacco and Rice only getting better and with the new receiving corps, get ready for a Ravens team that actually puts up 7's instead of 3's.

Harryos29 said...

HARRY OS 29 (AUGUST 26TH)
A HAPPY DAY FOR US..OUR OLDEST SON TURNED 42 TODAY AND OUR YOUNGEST GRANDAUGHTER IS NOW 10 MONTHS OLD.
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DAVEY GROSS IS RIGHT ON
..SCORING 7'S INSTEAD OF 3'S IS THE MENTALITY THIS YEAR.
...ps TL ..will we be hearing you and Bruce from the Ocean this year? If you made an announcement..I may have missed it...