Reactions: Ravens Preseason Report

Chris Schisler

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the New Orleans Saints in their first preseason game, Thursday night. Here are a few quick reactions to what we saw:

1. The starting offense looked phenomenal; in fact all the starters seemed sharp. The offense marched doen the field, converting on a third down where Joe Flacco showed off his running ability. They even got the ball in the end zone on a fourth and goal burst. It was a flashy start to the preseason. 

2. The offensive line is the real deal. There is no doubt about it. Moving in unison the zone blocking set up big running lanes for the Ravens running backs. Lorenzo Taliaferro and Buck Allen stole the show in their limited work. Taliaferro looked slimmer and had an extra burst. 

3. One of the most impressive moments of the game was when Carl Davis exploded into the backfield and blew up a running back with just his arm. Though it only came in butsts, Davis showed potential to be a beast for years to come. 

On the other hand Kappron Lewis-Moore dissapointed. He had little burst, played with high pad level and took himself out of the play occasionaly. He also had a neutral zone infraction that didn’t help.

4. It was a good moment for Brin Renner, the Ravens rookie quarterback who led the game winning drive. Renner looked rather unimpressive until that final drive, but he came through in the end. His short touchdown run to win the game was a memorable moment that he can always enjoy. Renner probably won’t make the roster. He is an incredibly flawed passer and the Ravens aren’t keeping three quarterbacks. Still it was a nice moment, and it was a fun finish.

5. ZaDarius Smith and Zachary Orr are two of the most impressive players of the game. Smith showed us that despite how raw he is, he has an incredible burst in pursuit of the QB. Orr played solid textbook perfect linebacker in this game. It is telling that he got a lot more time than Arthur Brown. 

It is so good to have RAVENS football back!

 

Baltimore Ravens: 5 Things To Be Excited About 

The 2015 season figures to be a very memorable one in Baltimore, as the Ravens set their sights on a third Super Bowl Championship. Here are Five things that Ravens fans can be down right gitty about. 

The Best Front 7 In Football: The Ravens have the best pass rushing duo in the league; Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs remain elite. C.J. Mosley looks to become a premeir linebacker, the kind of linebacker the Ravens have always been known for. Carl Davis adds to an already dominant defensive line. Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan are beastly up front. 

The Offense Picking Up Where They Left Off: 

The Ravens have a new offensive coordinator in Marc Trestman but they don’t have a new offense. Trestman is going to continue what Gary Kubiak started last season. Joe Flacco looked like a brand new quarterback and he had a great season. The Ravens will continue to dominate with the zone running scheme. Last season nobody broke more 20+ yards than the Ravens. Expect a big season from Justin Forsett. 

Joe’s Best Season Ever: 

Flacco was less than 20 yards away from 4,000 passing yards last season. In the playoffs, Joe did what Joe does. He played a near flawless game in Pittsburgh, lifting the purple and black past the Steelers. He played a great game against the Patriots but the team fell short. This season you’re going to get playoff Joe all season long. Surely there will be a bad game or two but expect a huge season from the legendary number 5. 

Maxx Williams Will Shine: 

The Ravens have found their next Todd Heap. With Pitta’s fate uncertain, Williams will fill in big time for the Ravens. Williams is a big bodied target for Flacco over the middle. Toughness and reliability are going to be the trademarks of the Ravens new tight end. 

A Real Shot At The Super Bowl: 

The Ravens almost made it to the Super Bowl with the worst secondary I have ever seen. The team got significantly better in the secondary. A healthy Jimmy Smith and Ladarius Webb with Kyle Arrington make up an amazing cornerback trio. The Ravens also  got better this offseason by giving Joe some serious weapons. The Ravens have a real chance to win their third Super Bowl. 

Late Reaction To Ravens Draft

Chris Schisler

The Baltimore Ravens had an incredible draft and it’s hard not to be excited for the 2015 season. I’ve been so busy as of late, that I haven’t had time to give you my two cents on the Ravens draft. So now that I actually have time, let me tell you what I’m thinking. 

The Ravens may have drafted the fastest receiver in this year’s draft class in Breshad Perriman. From UCF, Perriman is a big bodied receiver who can burn past anybody. The Ravens got Joe Flacco a much needed deep threat. 

Perriman has a high ceiling and a low floor. He could be the next Randy Moss but a part of me worries that he could be another Travis Taylor. Perriman has inconsistent hands and is a bit raw for the NFL game. All we can do is wait and see with the Ravens first round pick. I am  cautiously optimistic, catching ability can be dramatically improved with coaching. 

Moving up to get Maxx Williams, the top tight end of this draft, out of Minnesota was huge. This gives the Ravens an insurance policy for my favorite fragile player, Dennis Pitta. Williams is a good player and Flacco should be pleased. 

Before the draft I compared Williams to Heath Miller. Coincidently the Steelers wanted Williams and their war room was reportedly less than pleased  that he went to the Ravens. Any time you can tick off a division rival, espescially the damn Steelers, you’re doing something right Mr. Newsome.

Williams is a big bodied security blanket that Flacco hasn’t had since the days of Todd Heap. He will be a to quick for linebackers and too big for defensive backs. Williams is not Rob Gronkowski but he is a match up conundrum for opposing defenses. 

Then in the 3rd round getting Carl Davis was Newsome’s way of reminding the NFL that he is the all powerful Oz of Baltimore. I had Davis pegged as a middle of round two player, the Ravens got him near the end of the third round. 

Davis is a big run stuffing defensive tackle who is as physically imposing as anybody on the football field. He’s not a great pass rusher but he will make you pay if you don’t double team him in the run game. This adds depth to an already impressive defensive front. 

The Ravens got argubally their third flat out steal of the draft when they took Kentucky pass rusher, Za’Darius Smith. Smith played Robin to Alvin Dupree’s Batman at Kentucky. Smith can do some damage though.

 The Ravens keep letting guys like Pernell McPhee go off to other teams in free agency. The Ravens though may keep Smith around more than four years. He has much potential and Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are not going to last forever. 

Javourious Allen was a really good pick; the running back from USC is like a young Justin Forsett. Allen wasn’t my top ranked remaining rusher but he fits the Ravens zone blocking scheme perfectly. 

After those great picks the Ravens could really do whatever they wanted. I mean they could have drafted me and it would still be a good draft. With their first five picks the Ravens accomplished more than some teams do in two drafts. 

Tray Walker is an interesting pick, because he is a big and physical cornerback. Nick Boyle was a head scratcher becuase the Ravens now have Williams, Pitta and an impressive Crockett Gillmore going into his second season. Darren Waller may be a diamond in the rough, as he is a big bodied wide reciever from a college that runs on almost every snap.
So there you have it, my late but thorough two cents on the Ravens 2015 draft class. 

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