Tuesday's Mailbag: August 20th, 2013

Titans' WR Kenny Britt celebrates after a win over the Dallas Cowboys. - Stephen Dunn

Will the Ravens get Kenny Britt? Will Jacoby Jones be released? & more!

Happy Tuesday, Ravens Nation! I hope you all are having one fantastic August 20th. I, personally, go back to school in just a few days. I'm not looking forward to it, but you gotta do what you gotta do! We have a bunch of mail to open today, so let's get started!

Q1: What do you think of the rumors about trading for WR Kenny Britt? - Terrin Wilson

I have heard these rumors, especially here on Baltimore Beatdown. I believe that this is very possible. Let me just tell you a few reasons why this may not happen:

  1. The Price: I am not sure that the Titans want anything that the Ravens are willing to give for Britt. He is one of their top two receivers, which means that they may want a lot for Britt. His actual price won't be that much after the Ravens get him, of course. Britt would only count for around $2 million on the salary cap, which is a price that the Ravens are able to pay.
  2. Health: Does anyone know the last time Britt played a full NFL season? I do. It was 2009, his rookie year. He has since then played: twelve games in 2010; three games in 2011; and fourteen games in 2012. He seems to never be healthy, including now. Britt is currently sitting out of practice due to swelling and soreness in his surgically repaired knee. It is uncertain whether or not Britt will continue to be healthy, or if he'll have another season where he misses a few games.
  3. Off the Field Issues: Kenny Britt has been involved with police nine times since he joined the NFL in 2009. Britt has been charged with careless driving, DUI, resisting arrest, and a few other things. One of the big question marks is whether or not he can stay out of trouble. The Ravens signed troubled linebacker Rolando McClain a few months ago, and we all see how well that worked out.
I am all for the Ravens signing Kenny Britt, as long as he keeps his head straight and can stay healthy. When he is healthy and not in trouble, Britt is a very good receiver. At 24-years-old, it might be a very smart move for Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens to make.


Q2: Who are your ideal starting WR's and TE's? - Terrin Wilson

I am going to name three wide receivers and two tight ends to start. Here they are:

#1 WR: Torrey Smith
#3 WR: Jacoby Jones

These three receivers are not completely solid at these spots, but it'll have to do for now. I believe that Aaron Mellette has a big chance to rise into a starting position, but it is a little too early to say that just yet. If Mellette can have a good run with the starters on Thursday against the Panthers, it may help him become a starter during the regular season. As for Jacoby Jones, many people believe that he isn't good enough to be a #2, which is why I stuck him at #3. This list is subject to change if the Ravens trade for or sign another receiver.

#1 TE: Ed Dickson
#2 TE: Dallas Clark

Ed Dickson is a sure starter, as long as he's healthy. The other one is a little more difficult. Nobody is still sure who the three tight ends are that will make the roster. I believe it will be Dickson, Clark, and Bajema, while Furstenburg will be on the practice squad. Visanthe Shiancoe will most likely be cut, especially after recording five drops in the two preseason games he has played.


Q3: With all the hype circling the Bengals, do you believe that they are an average offense with a great defense?- Terrin Wilson

I wouldn't exactly say that.

I think the Bengals definitely have an improving offense. If this question were asked to me last year, I would have said yes. Last year, all that really happened was Dalton to A.J. Green all season. This season, on the other hand, they have weapons that include:

  • WR A.J. Green
  • RB Giovani Bernard
  • TE Tyler Eifert
  • TE Jermaine Gresham
  • WR Andrew Hawkins
Of course, not all of these weapons were added this offseason. Andy Dalton has another year under his belt, he has more weapons, and he should do a lot better this year. Truthfully, I could say that the Bengals offense is BETTER than their defense, but I'm not going to.

Q4: Do you see us winning the AFC North? Who do you have from top to bottom? - Terrin Wilson

I do see the Baltimore Ravens winning the AFC North. I believe that the Ravens have gotten better, but so have the Bengals. I think the times that they meet in Week Ten and Week Seventeen are very crucial. If the Ravens can split the series with the Bengals, or sweep them, I believe that they'll win the division. If the Bengals sweep the Ravens, I think Cincinnati takes the AFC North.

Here are my division predictions:

  1. Baltimore Ravens
  2. Cincinnati Bengals
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Cleveland Browns
The records of the Steelers and Browns will both be 6-10, in my opinion, but the Steelers will win the tiebreaker over the Browns, which is why they come in at three and not four.


Q5: How do you feel about Paul Kruger saying he is more comfortable with the Browns? - Terrin Wilson

The reason Kruger said this is because of the lack of playing time he received. He also didn't like that he only started seven games the entire four-year span of him being with the Ravens.

The reason he did not play all of the time is because of his inability to defend the run. Kruger was a pass-rushing specialist, and that is mainly all he knew how to do. He would be taken out against the run, since he wasn't real well at defending it.

If Kruger is happier with Cleveland, then I am completely fine with it. He played well for the Ravens while he was in Baltimore, and he didn't leave on a bad note. There is no reason for me, or any other Ravens fan, to be upset with Kruger.


Q6: Did Daryl Smith exceed your expectations? - Terrin Wilson

Yes he did.

I did not expect him to come out in his first two preseason games and be one of the best defensive players right off the bat. I thought he would be great in the regular season, but the first two games of the preseason? Not at all.

Daryl Smith had 11 tackles in the first two games, leading the Ravens. He is looking more impressive each game, and I believe that he may be one of, if not the, best additions for the Ravens this offseason.


Q7: Who do you have as your starting safeties in Week 1? - Terrin Wilson

This is definitely a tough one. I am going to have to say James Ihedigbo at SS and Michael Huff at FS. Matt Elam will be right there in the mix, but I think the two veterans will take the stage against the Broncos. Of course, if Elam starts playing even better while Ihedigbo plays bad, in the remainder of the preseason, then I definitely believe that Elam could become the starting SS.

It is just hard for me to say that a rookie would get the start over a veteran in Week One, especially since all we've seen from that rookie is preseason play.


Q8: Do you think Ozzie Newsome will trade for a wide receiver? - Terrin Wilson

The only wide receiver I could see Newsome trading for is Kenny Britt of the Titans, which we talked about in question one.

Truthfully, I believe that the current Ravens' receiving corps could get the job done, if they get their heads in the game and start playing well. Every receiver has something they need to improve on, and if they can do that, I think the Ravens will be alright when it comes to their current offense.

If Ozzie does trade for a receiver, then I would imagine it would be in the best interest of the team. Newsome is by far the best General Manager in the National Football League.


Q9: Do you think Aaron Mellette could be our #2 or #3 WR if he keeps producing in preseason games? - Terrin Wilson

Without a doubt I do. Aaron Mellette has impressed me more than any other player. He has produced more than any other player that is not named Torrey Smith, he has been consistent, and he knows how to run routes and catch well-thrown balls.

If Mellette keeps it up when he runs with the first-team offense on Thursday, don't be surprised if he emerges as one of the three starters on the depth chart for Week One.


Q10: Are you concerned about our offensive line, or do you wait until Yanda comes back? - Terrin Wilson

I am a little concerned, but I am mainly going to wait until Marshal Yanda comes back.

The offensive line looked horrid in the Falcons game. They could not block for the running backs, they could barely protect the quarterbacks, and they were committing penalties left-and-right. I believe that some adjustments need to be made within the offensive line, but I'd wait until Yanda comes back to see what the real problem is.

I think that Marshal Yanda's return will make them a thousand times better than they were on Thursday against the Falcons.


Q11: Who wins the Baltimore Beatdown fantasy league? - @realWillThrill

Me, obviously. I'm sorry everyone involved, but I must say that I am intellectually gifted when it comes to fantasy football. Lewis & Clark (get it? Ray Lewis & Dallas Clark, aren't I clever?) will crush everyone in the league.

You guys are going DOWN.


Q12: Chances Jacoby Jones or Jameel McClain get released? - @realWillThrill

I highly doubt it.

Jacoby Jones is a dynamic return man, while he also isn't half bad at playing wide receiver. He is one of the fastest guys on the team, not to mention he played an enormous part in the AFC Divisional Round win, along with the Super Bowl. He almost won Super Bowl XLVII MVP, for crying out loud. I say there is no chance Jacoby gets released, especially with how weak the receiving corps in playing at the moment.

As for Jameel McClain, I doubt he gets released. He is a very dominant player when he is healthy, and he should be one-hundred percent healthy by Week One or Two. McClain is a defensive leader, one of the best players on the defense, and they may need him at times to replace some of the guys the Ravens have lost this offseason.

If either player gets released, I will be thoroughly surprised.


Well, that is the end of this week's edition of Tuesday's Mailbag! I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Remember, email me questions at Victorgrayh10@gmail.com, OR tweet them to me @Frezeal33, OR put them in the comments below! I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your Tuesday! I'll see you guys next week!
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