Oct 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Javorius Allen (37) carries the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web. Today we wonder if the Ravens’ defense will see as many three wide receiver sets in 2015 as they did in 2014, and lull over both Courtney Upshaw’s pass rush ability and Javorius Allen’s pass catching chops.
Courtney Upshaw aiming for more sacks – Garrett Downing, BaltimoreRavens.com
"“I’m happy for Pernell. He deserved it, just seeing how hard he worked,” Upshaw said. “But with him being gone, we all want more snaps and I see it as an opportunity for me to get more snaps, especially in passing situations.“I have no problem with the role that I’ve been given. It’s on me to take advantage of my new role, if given the opportunity to get more snaps as a rusher. It’s on me to go get a couple quarterbacks.”"
What impact will Marlon Brown have in 2015? – Jamison Hensley, ESPN
"He would’ve had a bigger opportunity to contribute if the Ravens hadn’t drafted Breshad Perriman in the first round. Brown’s best shot at getting on the field is in the red zone. He caught seven touchdowns inside the 20-yard line as a rookie in 2013, and it’s bizarre that the Ravens never targeted him there last season. The Ravens need to get Brown more involved closer to the goal line because of his size."
How did “Buck” Allen get his nickname? – Garrett Downing, BaltimoreRavens.com
"Javorius “Buck” Allen earned his nickname as a freshman in high school, and the name stuck ever since. It started when the running back played on the varsity team as a freshman, and all of the older kids referred to him as the “young buck.”"
Ravens confident in Buck Allen’s pass catching skills – Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun
"“We’ve seen Buck catch passes, we’ve seen Buck pass protect, so we know he can do it,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He has done it out here and looks very smooth doing it. He’s running the ball well. We haven’t had any surprises.”"
Will Ravens get spread out as much after adding Kyle Arrington? – Jamison Hensley, ESPN
"Last season, offenses looked to exploit the Ravens’ lack of depth at cornerback and spread out Baltimore as often as they could. Teams lined up with three or more wide receivers on 650 plays against the Ravens, which was the 10th-most in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information."
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