Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we talk about how Brent Urban is looking to make an impact, why an extension makes sense for both the Ravens and Justin Tucker, and how Omar Brown is trying to find a spot at a crowded position.
Garrett Downing tells us that rookie defensive end Brent Urban is looking to make an impact in his first season. The fourth round pick was deemed a bit raw by draft pundits coming out of college, partly because he has only played football for five years and grew up in Canada. What isn’t raw about Urban is his imposing size – 6’7″, 298 pounds, and his athleticism. Even if it takes him a while to get up to speed in learning the defense, he can still be dangerous in spots.
Ryan Mink tells us that Omar Brown is trying to earn his way off the practice squad and into the safety rotation. Brown has always shown up in preseason games, creating multiple turnovers, but hasn’t made the leap to the active roster in two years. The former undrafted pick out of Marshall won’t find it any easier this season at a position that currently has five other players ahead of him.
Finally, Jamison Hensley believes that a contract extension would make a lot of sense for both Justin Tucker and the Ravens. Tucker has certainly earned it, as he is currently the 25th highest paid kicker in the NFL even though he has the best career field goal percentage of anyone (91.9%) with at least 60 attempts. Plus, he’s only 24, making a long term extension more appealing. Tucker could conceivably hold down the position for years to come.
Do you think the Ravens will get an extension done with Justin Tucker before the season? What sort of impact do you think Brent Urban will have his first season?