Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace is excited about franchise quarterback Joe Flacco’s expected return:
Wallace continued to express confidence about the Ravens offense, despite the current injury predicament:
With less than three weeks until the regular season begins, it is definitely concerning that Flacco has yet to practice in training camp. Compounding the issue, the offensive line is currently in a state of disarray. The only two lineman that are locked in as starters at their best positions - Marshal Yanda and Ronnie Stanley - have missed significant practice time as they recover from injury. Uncertainty surrounds the other three positions. Recent signee Austin Howard may still be challenged by James Hurst for the right tackle job. Hurst could also end up as the starting left guard, depending on who emerges from the starting center competition between Ryan Jensen and recent re-acquisition Jeremy Zuttah.
Nevertheless, there is still time to build chemistry on the offense before the Week 1 matchup in Cincinnati. Entering his tenth season, Flacco is an experienced signal caller who does not necessarily need preseason repetitions to prepare himself for the regular season. A week or two on the practice field with his primary weapons should suffice. Furthermore, Yanda is an elite blocker who will immediately elevate the play of his fellow lineman once he assumes the right guard position full time.
Few expect the Ravens offense to be hitting on all cylinders during the first quarter of the season. Fortunately, the offense was never supposed to be a strength of this Ravens team. The top special teams units in the NFL, combined with a potentially dominant defense, may be enough to keep the Ravens in the hunt while the offense finds their footing early in the regular season.