Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the Ravens news from around the web in one convenient place for your consumption. Today we bring you 5 Ravens vets who might get cut, the possibility that the team fields an elite defense in 2014, and the joy of a healthy and quiet offseason so far.
Clifton Brown at CSN Baltimore speculates about 5 Ravens vets that are facing an uphill battle to retain their roster spots this offseason. We agree with Brown’s picks 100%, especially Jah Reid and possibly Tyrod Taylor. The only thing that is working in Taylor’s favor is that the Ravens were unable to pick up T.J. Yates. I would still put money on the Ravens picking up a QB by final cuts at the latest depending on who becomes available (Case Keenum anybody?).
Josh Alper at ProFootballTalk points out that the Ravens don’t have any real health concerns at the moment. This is the healthiest the Ravens have been at this point of the season in six years under Harbaugh, and I am knocking on wood as I type this. The preseason process can often be devastating when it comes to injuries so we’ll continue to keep our fingers crossed. And to be extra safe, let’s just not talk about it anymore.
Garrett Downing at BaltimoreRavens.com asks if the Raven’s defense can return to elite status in 2014. The x-factor here are the veterans along the line who must play more consistently. The emergence of youngsters Jimmy Smith, Arthur Brown, and C.J. Mosley bode well for their chances at shutting down opposing offenses this season.
Tony Lombardi at Russell Street Report reminds us that silence is golden this time of year. We are officially in the “dead zone” of the season with four weeks of no activity. This is typically the time that players like to find trouble, so no news is good news. I would say that we have had enough legal issues already this offseason, thank you very much.
Do you think the Raven’s defense will return to elite status this year? What veterans do you think will get cut?