One more Sunday closer to football! Let’s take a look at your questions from the weekend!
How do you think we will use Danny Woodhead? I'm thinking he basically lines up in 2 back sets as a "FB" and take all of juice's catches— Kristofer A. Nichols (@KristoferA_) June 25, 2017
Answer: I believe the Ravens will use him just as you mentioned, but I’m not entirely sure he’ll actually line up at fullback. He would have to be an actual threat to run block for that to be effective, and he’s not. I expect that he’ll step into the role that West and Dixon both played at times last year; and that is catching the ball out of the backfield. In the game against the Eagles, West had a few good catches for decent gains. The team likely brought Woodhead in as a safety blanket for Flacco, and I still believe thats where his best work will be.
@BMoreBeatdown Do you think the way the CBA is set up, does it hinder the development of players, due to lack of time with the coaches?— Marcus Wyche (@mwyche22) June 25, 2017
Answer: I do believe it hinders player development. The CBA has eliminated elements that allowed coaches to effectively teach technique with live practices and learning experiences along that line. One way we’ve seen it impact teams is along the offensive line. Practices are run much differently now, and because of it, coaches aren't getting the results from linemen because the reps are handled differently. I’m sure it’s one thing coaches will fight for heading forward, but with the league’s emphasis on player safety, I don't see it changing.
Imo Harbs has been hesitant with rookies starting. How many rookies do you see possibly starting on defense this year?— Brian M (@briski715) June 25, 2017
Answer: Realistically I can only see Tyus Bowser starting, but Marlon Humphrey has an opportunity to compete with Brandon Carr for the opposite spot across from Jimmy Smith. The team is high on Bowser, but I’m not sure exactly where they’ll play him. The question has been posed if he can take Zach Orr’s old spot. As of right now, I believe Orr and Bowser have two different skill sets, but coaching can change that. The offensive linemen they drafted have shots to start due to lack of depth, but again I wouldn't depend on them. Tim Williams is also a dark horse candidate to start across from Terrell Suggs. But overall, my money would be on Bowser.
Who is under the most pressure in training camp to do well?— Chris O'Shea (@Official_OShea) June 25, 2017
Answer: This is a bit of a loaded question. Four players I see that need good camps are Breshad Perriman, Brandon Carr, Kamalei Correa and Albert McClellan. Perriman is going to have to push Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace, Correa and McClellan will be fighting for a starting job, and Carr has Humphrey waiting in the wings. A bubble guy who will need to have a good camp will be Michael Campanaro, as he can easily be replaced.
Will Wallace drop to the #3 receiver this year behind Perriman and Maclin?— Chris O'Shea (@Official_OShea) June 25, 2017
Answer: I believe he enters the season as their number one. The team has made its intentions clear that Maclin will play in the slot a lot, so it’s likely we’ll see a lot of three receiver sets with Maclin in the slot and Perriman and Wallace on the outside. I’m a big believer in Perriman, but he needs to show that he can stay healthy and be a consistently productive player before he overtakes Maclin or Wallace.
Who is the favorite to win the Starting TE Spot with Pitta gone— Chris Gagnon (@chrisx5_) June 25, 2017
Answer: If Maxx Williams is healthy, I love his chances. He flashed his rookie year, but injuries derailed his sophomore season. If Williams struggles my money is on Crockett Gillmore.
Do you think we have seen the last of the additions to the roster?— John Brazee (@bigjohnstud52) June 25, 2017
Answer: I do not. Owner Steve Bisciotti told season ticket holders in a conference call after signing Jeremy Maclin that the team was focussing on the offensive line going forward. I think they'll make one more significant move before the regular season starts, but that could be after roster cuts.
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