Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we bring you 7 Ravens veterans whose jobs are on the line, the job interview that is training camp, why C.J. Mosley is making a bid to start, and the biggest keys to success in 2014.
Shehan Peiris is highlighting 7 Raven’s veteran players whose jobs are on the line going into training camp. We have touched base on several of them recently, including Chris Canty and Jah Reid. There are a couple of surprises on the list, namely Justin Forsett. I just don’t see that happening, especially with Ray Rice’s looming suspension. Not to mention Forsett has looked good so far in minicamps.
Former Raider, Jet, and Raven Ryan Riddle tells us why training camp is like a job interview for young players. Training camp is the first time coaches get a look at these guys in some pro type competition as they go head to head with seasoned veterans fighting for their careers. It’s interesting to hear Riddle compare the gap in the level of competition that exists between college and the pros.
One player who looks very likely to close that gap and immediately earn a starting job is C.J. Mosley. We’ve previously speculated that he will be a day one starter, and Aaron Wilson agrees, calling Mosley instinctive and comfortable during practice. He certainly has the smarts that will enable an easy transition, so long as he doesn’t regress during training camp and the preseason.
Jamison Hensley has the Raven’s keys to success, which essentially begin and end with Joe Flacco. It’s true that as Flacco goes so do the Ravens, as their 2012 Super Bowl run was the finest performance of his career. Hensley points out the decline of Ray Rice and the defense, but I believe the D will bounce back this season and take some pressure off Flacco. Even if Rice doesn’t, there are a few talented backs behind him and a new scheme that promises to open more holes.
What do you think are the Raven’s keys to success this season? Does their success being and end with Flacco?