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Something to keep in mind: Just because Orr wants to come back doesn’t mean he will actually be able to pass an NFL team’s physical.. Still, I can’t get past the fact that, in a span of five months, Orr went from a player whose condition was serious enough to prevent him from passing a physical to one whose risk for catastrophic injury was considered to be no greater than any other player’s. There is something unsettling about all of this. I’m just not sure whether that discomfort is particular to Orr’s situation, or to the complicated reality of football.
The Ravens and the Steelers have a rather heated rivalry. It's a good rivalry, but to me, it's a lot like Marvel's movies: solid, sometimes even great (like the first "Avengers" and "Logan," though I'm not giving Marvel credit for "Deadpool," which was made in spite of them), but not quite as epic as the football cognoscenti would lead you to believe. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy it. I just don't consider it the pinnacle of professional football that some people seem to.
Baltimore can win the division behind an always stout rushing defense and a safety tandem of Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson. Beyond that, Baltimore needs more offensive help. Cornerback durability presents potential issues. Brandon Carr is 31, Jimmy Smith has missed 11 games in three years and Tavon Young tore his ACL this offseason. First-round pick Marlon Humphrey must be ready to play right away. Terrell Suggs is still an effective rusher but might be nearing the end. Overall, this group is very good, possibly great, but won't carry Baltimore alone.
Tavon Young, Brandon Williams and Michael Campanaro, who all played with Orr in 2016, are pleased with his decision to return to football. Williams indicated he would make sure Orr has plenty of opportunities to make plays. The other reaction comes from the Ravens newest star, Tony Jefferson. Jefferson did not have the opportunity to play with Orr, but his eye for talent, and potentially Twitter are what brought him to Baltimore in the first place.
The Ravens offensive dysfunction over the years is probably due in part to a lack of Baltimore-made talent. Though the team’s defensive studs over the years are aplenty, it only takes one hand to list the Ravens’ stars on the other side of the ball. While Todd Heap, Jamal Lewis, and Jonathan Ogden are certainly an exceptional bunch, one would think that a twenty-plus-year-old franchise would be able to claim more stars in its ranks, especially at wide receiver.
The Baltimore Ravens announced two changes within their personnel department: Brandon Berning was promoted to Midwest/Southwest area scout, and Kevin Weidl was hired as the organization’s Southeast/Southwest area scout.
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