THE APPROACH TO JOE FLACCO HAS CHANGED - John Eisenberg
While team officials always compliment his commitment, a segment of the fan base has complained, louder and louder, about him not getting together with his receivers in the offseason to work on developing chemistry – a strategy some quarterbacks use. Now I’m hearing the team say it.
“Before practice, after practice, in the offseason … we’ve heard all those stories. That’s what it takes. For Joe to have those guys, and to get with those guys, that’s what we expect,” Head Coach John Harbaugh told reporters at a league meeting last month.
My reading of that is the team telling him: We’re doing everything we can to improve our passing game, and we’d like to see you do everything you can, too.
Those who follow the Ravens closely have probably noticed a slight change of tune toward their franchise quarterback lately. Hopefully Flacco will step up to the plate and deliver the best regular season of his career in 2018.
Hidden Gems – most underrated players in the 2018 NFL Draft - Steve Palazzolo
G/C Austin Corbett, Nevada
After playing left tackle at Nevada, Corbett will likely move inside at the next level, though he adds value due to his ability to play anywhere up front. He was a four-year starter at Nevada, allowing only 23 pressures over the last two years and consistently grading well in the run game. Corbett’s hands and technique give him a chance at the next level, and he showed extremely well during his week at the Senior Bowl when playing both guard and center. Corbett’s multi-position flexibility combined with four years of strong production make him a solid mid-round option in this draft.
Corbett is likely to be selected somewhere between the second and fourth rounds. If the Ravens are unable to upgrade at right tackle through the draft, and opt to kick out guards James Hurst or Alex Lewis to fill the spot, Corbett could be a valuable addition to the interior.
Titans add former Ravens WR Michael Campanaro - Jeremy Bergman
Baltimore selected Campanaro, a five-foot-nine receiver-returner, in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. After playing in just 11 games in his first three seasons, the 27-year-old broke out with the Ravens last year when he tallied a career-high 24 touches for 215 yards from scrimmage and one receiving touchdown in 13 games played.
Durability was the main issue with Campanaro during his time with the Ravens. Over the Cap does not expect Campanaro to qualify for a compensatory draft pick.
WR Willie Snead is, now, a realistic possibility for the Ravens - Logan Levy
Now, with New Orleans adding Meredith to their roster, Snead is rather expendable. Remember, like Meredith, Snead is a restricted free agent.
Snead would be an interesting addition for the Ravens offense. He would immediately fill a hole on Baltimore’s offense; slot receiver. In 2016, according to Pro Football Focus, he had the fourth most yards from the slot.
The deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets is April 20th. If Snead inks an offers sheet from the Ravens, the Saints would have five days to match under the right of first refusal guidelines. Snead could be a fine addition to the Ravens remade receiving corps as their primary slot man.