The Daily Caw: Ravens Most Overrated, Underrated Players


Nov 24, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) catches a 26 yard touchdown past Baltimore Ravens free safety Terrence Brooks (31) and strong safety Matt Elam (26) during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web.  Today we take a look at the Ravens most overrated and underrated players, where the running back depth chart ranks compared to the rest of the NFL, and pinpoint the Ravens’ biggest weakness headed into 2015.

The most overrated and underrated players on each NFL rosterRussell S. Baxter, Bleacher Report

"Overrated: SS Matt ElamIn two seasons with the team, Elam (the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 draft) has yet to distinguish himself. Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sunhas the skinny on a player that general manager Ozzie Newsome says “has to be a better football player for us next year.”Underrated: RG Kelechi OsemeleWhile Pro Bowl teammate Marshal Yanda has earned his share of accolades and deservedly so, the former second-round pick from Iowa State bounced back nicely this past season after missing the final nine games in 2013. In three seasons, he’s already been a 16-game starter at both right tackle and left guard."

Power ranking NFL running back depth charts – Justis Mosqueda, Bleacher Report

"Even if Forsett isn’t “the guy,” the team has plenty of options behind him. Lorenzo Taliaferro is a talented second-year player who may just be an every-down back in the future. Javorius “Buck” Allen was drafted this season out of USC, too. Allen has the potential to be a low-end starter in the league or a high-end player deeper in a committee."

Best, worst parts of the job for John Harbaugh, Ozzie NewsomeGarrett Downing,

"“I think it’s the young men – getting the opportunity to work with young men that basically come in here at 21, 22 years old,” Newsome responded when asked that question during a conference call with PSL holders last week.Newsome has referenced on multiple occasions how he cherishes his opportunity to serve as a mentor and leader to young players as the general manager and former player himself."

What is the Ravens’ biggest weakness heading into 2015?Jamison Hensley, ESPN

"Even though the Ravens improved their secondary, teams are going to test the Ravens’ pass defense until Baltimore proves that it can slow down quarterbacks. Last season, teams threw 595 passes against the Ravens. Only three defenses saw more throws (Denver, Houston and Cincinnati).  That could change this year because teams might want to see where the Ravens’ run defense stands without defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on the line of scrimmage. But the general thinking has to be teams are going to attack Baltimore’s secondary, which added safety Kendrick Lewis and nickelback Kyle Arrington in the offseason."

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