Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; ESPN announcer Ray Lewis on the set before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Keeping A Ray Lewis Tradition Alive, Top Ravens Poll Feedback

Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption.  Today we discuss how current Ravens are keeping a Ray Lewis tradition alive, getting reader feedback on who the number one Ravens player should be, and previewing the tight end position heading into training camp.

During Ray Lewis’ tenure with the Ravens, part of his training regimen was sprinting up a steep hill at Oregon Ridge park, typically while carrying heavy weights or logs. Several current Ravens players are keeping the tradition alive by attacking the hill themselves this past Friday.  It goes without saying that the best players typically put in the most effort, and Lewis’ intense preparation and training was certainly a contributing factor in his success.

A recent ESPN poll named Joe Flacco the #1 player on the Ravens, and as you can imagine, stirred up the proverbial hornets nest in the process.  There is no doubt that quarterback is the most valuable position in the NFL right now, so its really more of a debate about the criteria for ranking players.  Jamison Hensley has put up a reader’s poll to gauge who the fans think should be #1, and Flacco currently has a sizable lead.  Perhaps those writers weren’t so crazy after all.

Finally, Russell Street Report is previewing the tight end position heading into training camp.  It’s a position that has received a lot of media attention this offseason, and for good reason.  There is major change in the works and tight ends will be a featured component of the offense.  We personally love the talent that the Ravens added this offseason as well.  The long term ceiling for Crockett Gillmore is high and watching him and Pitta line up simultaneously should be a treat for years to come.

Who do you think should have been named the #1 Ravens player?


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