Just when I wondered where Pro Bowl running back Willis McGahee was, Baltimore Sun ace Jamison Hensley found him.
The Ravens have gone out of their way to embrace McGahee. The coaching staff has repeatedly talked about how McGahee is a “special back” and how he could see increased touches as an every-down back.
McGahee reciprocated by falling into the same bad habits that forced him out of Buffalo.
He was the only offensive starter not to show for a majority of the voluntary mini-camps this off-season. He reported to training camp in not-so-stellar shape. And he was one of the last to arrive to the first practice of training camp.
If it’s true that McGahee hasn’t lived up to expectations in Baltimore, it doesn’t take away from his talent and ability to contribute to the team. Nor does it minimize the millions owed to him over the next few seasons.
It won’t be a good thing to have a million-dollar running back splitting carries for disclipinary reasons instead of health concerns.