PressBox Picks Ravens Starters

Joe Platania of PressBox Onlinedid a two-part series, picking the opening day starters on both sides of the ball for the Baltimore Ravens. Since this is a veteran team, there are not too many holes to fill, although he did leave one at the fullback position. I think it will either be filled by current Raven Jason McKie or perhaps a free agent yet to be signed. However, the team could easily continue to go with a one-back offense, spreading out the defense with a three wide set, and/or a double tight end alignment.

Without adding any significant free agents from both the veteran pool as well as those undrafted college players, the Ravens starting lineup is pretty well set, although I have to admit, I disagreed with both starting cornerbacks that Platania says will start. On the offense, he has rookie Torrey Smith (Maryland) being one of the three wide receivers starting, plus he has rookie Jah Reid (Central Florida) starting t right tackle, with Marshal Yanda moving inside to the right guard position.

Defensively, with virtually every position filled by the starter last year, he has rookie Jimmy Smith (Colorado) and Josh Wilson as the two starting cornerbacks. This means they would re-sign Wilson while letting Chris Carr walk. I believe they will sign Carr and regardless, will have Domonique Foxworth starting at one of the two spots. I believe it will not take the rookie Smith long to crack the starting lineup but to thrown him into the fire on day one against the Pittsburgh Steelers seems like too much of an overwhelming task to expect from a rookie.

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