The Daily Caw: Ravens Looking to Add Veteran Depth at Pass Rusher?
By Brett Foote
Nov 16, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is hit by San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web. Today we speculate on whether or not the Ravens are looking to add depth in the form of a veteran pass rusher, Joe Flacco is starting over once again, and what is the biggest concern coming out of OTAs?
Any pass rushers still available for depth? – Jamison Hensley, ESPN
"There are some notable names still out on free-agent market, but they are older than 32 and all past their prime. There’s a reason why Dwight Freeney, John Abraham and Osi Umenyiora are still available. This isn’t to say they couldn’t help as situational pass-rushers, and the Ravens might have interest in one of them down the road."
No stranger to change, Flacco starts over with Trestman, new targets – Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
"There has been something of a revolving cast around Flacco, 30, in the coaching ranks as well the past four years. The last time he had the same offensive coordinator for successive full seasons came in 2010-2011 with Cam Cameron, who was fired late in the 2012 season. In between there has been Jim Caldwell (who left to become head coach in Detroit in 2014), Gary Kubiak (who left to become head coach in Denver in 2015), and Jim Zorn and Al Saunders, who have taken turns working closely with Flacco in some capacity. And now there’s new offensive coordinator and quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman."
A closer look at every team’s WR situation heading into 2015 – Russell S. Baxter, Bleacher Report
"The Ravens have the likes of wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., inside linebacker Daryl Smith, cornerback Jimmy Smith and even linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who joined the team in this year’s draft. However, quarterback Joe Flacco will no longer have big-play wideout Torrey Smithin his arsenal. The four-year pro led the team with 11 touchdowns in 2014 but signed with the San Francisco 49ers."
Biggest concern for each NFL team coming out of OTAs – Rivers McCown, Bleacher Report
"Flacco already told the Baltimore Sun‘s Aaron Wilson that he expects running back Justin Forsett to be “huge” in the checkdown game. It may not be Forsett if rookie fourth-rounder Buck Allen is ready quickly, but some back on this team is going to catch a lot of footballs by the time the season is over."
Ravens hope Hill is ready to blossom next season – Clifton Brown, CSN Baltimore
"“I almost say (he is) light-years ahead of where he was last year,” Harbaugh said. “(He) came in kind of late and under challenging circumstances that he was in and missed six weeks to start with, which is hard. You’re off the field for six weeks, and a lot of rust builds up, especially (for) a guy just learning the system.’’"
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