Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news in one place for your consumption. Today we bring you key summer questions, the latest praise heaped upon Jeremy Butler, the middle linebacker picture, and a look at Rolando McClain’s tumultuous time with the Ravens.
ESPN has key summer questions for all 32 teams. For the Ravens, the biggest question is whether or not they did enough to shore up the offensive line after last year’s debacle. This is a fair question after no top draft picks were used on the position, though the birds did trade for a new center. If Marshal Yanda is back to full strength and Ricky Wagner holds up the right side, they should at least be better than last year.
Aaron Wilson at the Baltimore Sun is the latest to praise “hard-nosed” rookie wide receiver Jeremy Butler. Butler actually had his pick between the Ravens and the Packers, as both teams pursued him after the draft. We think that he made the right choice and has a better shot at a roster spot with the Ravens.
Rocky Friedman at The Baltimore Wire wonders who the starting middle linebacker will be in 2014. Daryl Smith has the middle locked down for now, but there are a lot of young guys vying for the starting job on the inside at the moment. Our money is still on C.J. Mosley, but you never know what can happen this time of year.
Jeff Zrebeic at the Baltimore Sun is taking a look at Rolando McClain’s tumultuous time with the Ravens. The former first rounder was a no risk flyer on Ozzie Newsome’s part, and it just didn’t work out. A couple of retirements and arrests later, he has basically been gifted to the Cowboys. Whether or not he ever does anything with his natural talent is clearly up to him.
Do you think the Ravens did enough to shore up their offensive line this offseason? Who do you think will win the fifth receiver spot?