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Most underrated: Brandon Carr
It seems like people only talk about Jimmy Smith, Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson and Marlon Humphrey. Everyone forgets about Brandon Carr. However, Carr has been extremely consistent and impressive this season. He may have been the best signing Baltimore made this offseason.
“There’s so many people who wish they could do this,” he says. “So much joy in it.”
The 22-year-old linebacker is in the midst of grappling with the uncertain existence of an NFL rookie. He played 35 defensive snaps in his second professional game and seemed on the cusp of becoming a key reserve behind veteran star Terrell Suggs. But then his playing time slipped to the point that he played just five defensive snaps in a Week 7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
With that came griping from fans and analysts, who compare Bowser to players selected after him in this year’s draft. Wouldn’t JuJu Smith-Schuster, who’s averaging 17.7 yards a catch for the Pittsburgh Steelers, look nice on the receiver-depleted Ravens, critics have said?
Bowser won’t let that noise creep into his world.
Looking over recent history, I am trading any of the third rounders (minus B. Williams), and also Michael Campanaro (the most successful seventh rounder), for Kelvin Benjamin.
Now, that’s not a fair perspective, as every picks value is different.
There’s no getting around the fact that the Ravens defense has experienced some serious ups and downs so far in 2017.
It has dominated the opposition on the good days, allowing an average of just 6.7 points in Baltimore’s four wins, two of which were achieved with shutouts.
In the Ravens’ four losses, though, they’ve allowed an average of 30.2 points.
Growing up a Browns fan in Kent, Ohio, which is less than 40 miles from Cleveland, added to White’s skepticism about the proposed franchise shift.
He then made a phone call to Browns owner Art Modell, who all but confirmed that the Browns were indeed coming to Baltimore.
“Art said, ‘Stan, I’ll be there tomorrow, That’s all I know,’ ” White remembers.
The press conference announcing the move in November 1995 was the opening chapter of the Baltimore Ravens putting down roots in Charm City. It also marked the beginning of White’s long association in a variety of capacities with the team.