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Quick Hits: Lorenzo Neal

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In case you've been on the island of Bora Bora and missed it (although I'm relatively sure the greatest TV network in the world is on cable there), the Baltimore Ravens signed former SD Chargers fullback Lorenzo Neal. Neal, most widely known for opening huge gaping holes for LaDainian Tomlinson over the past few years, will be a great addition to the Ravens offense.

Especially with the uncertainty of the offensive line, any additional blocking in both the running game and pass protection would be greatly appreciated. The addition of Neal in the Ravens backfield will help not only Willis McGahee, but the rookie Ray Rice as well. Neal is a brute of a man, short and built like a fire hydrant and his explosiveness will help this offense in so many ways. The Ravens were planning (and may still be) to start second year fullback LeRon McClain, after they released their other fullback, Justin Green the other day. Now the option of inserting Neal in front of their tailback gives the Ravens another dimension to their running game, which is so important to the offense's success. Whomever ends up under center for the opening game against the Cincinnati Bengals will be a little more confident with Neal in his backfield.

On the other hand, you have to wonder why the Chargers decided to let him walk after the success he's had alongside of Tomlinson. Hmmm...?