Happy Tuesday, Ravens Nation! It is finally the month of August! I have just gotten back from my vacation in beautiful Baltimore. Whoever lives there that reads this; I just want you to know that Baltimore has to be the best city in America! Federal Hill at night is one of the most beautiful places in the world! Anyway, we have a few envelopes to open, so let's get started!
Q1: Is there a good remaining wide receiver free agent that the Ravens can sign and do close to what Anquan did for us last season? Also, I still believe that adding an exceptional safety or cornerback would be a great thing, especially with the pass-happy league we are currently in. What are your thoughts? - Chris Chrystal
Truthfully, I believe that the Ravens should keep the receiving corps the same. They have talented guys already in Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith, possibly Deonte Thompson and Tandon Doss, I do not see the need to dip into the free agent market and grab another wide receiver. Boldin obviously was a large help last postseason, but I believe that they can make it without him. If Dickson can step up at tight-end, and Thompson and Doss can step up at wide receiver, the receiving corps will be just fine; with or without Anquan Boldin.
As for cornerbacks and safeties, I believe that they don't have a bad group of those, either. At cornerback they have guys like Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Chykie Brown, and Corey Graham. As for safeties there's talent in guys like Matt Elam, Michael Huff, and James Ihedigbo. Although, it wouldn't hurt to grab someone that could help the Ravens out as a backup, if there is someone of high quality that is still available.
Q2: With all the season ending injuries around the league, how does that even the playing field around the league? - Ray Tchoulakian
Well, let's look at a few of the season-ending injuries that you are talking about.
- Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens
- Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
- Dan Koppen, C, Broncos
- Chris Culliver, CB, 49ers
- Bryan Bulaga, LT, Packers
These are the five main season-ending injuries so far in training camp. Four of these injuries have occurred on playoff teams from last year, while one was on a rebuilding team. It seems once the defending champion Ravens lost their tight-end, Dennis Pitta, for the season, the injury bug began to take out important players on other teams, as well.