Daily Caw: Does Kamar Aiken Really Have a Chance to Start over Breshad Perriman?


Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken (11) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the first quarter during the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web.  Early vibes coming from Baltimore signal that Kamar Aiken is looking very good, but does he realistically have a shot at starting over first rounder Breshad Perriman?  Plus, we take a look at one way the Ravens might be able to retain both Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda.

Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken in pursuit of a starting job, shedding former journeyman statusAaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

"Aiken could wind up starting opposite five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith, operating as the third wide receiver behind rookie first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman or splitting time with Marlon Brown.“Whatever they need me to do, I’ll just do my job, if that’s special teams, if that’s being a starter, if that’s being the third receiver, second receiver,” Aiken said. “Whatever it is, I’m going to do my job the best I can.”"

Yanda or Osemele? How about both?Ryan Jones, Russell Street Report

"The reality though is the Ravens will have the financial flexibility in 2016 to extend both, and locking them both up for the next few years could be one of the most important investments they could make in their hunt for another Super Bowl.According to our capologist Brian McFarland, the Ravens currently salary cap in 2016 sits at $132,773,400 in accordance with the Rule of 51. Rule of 51 states that from the beginning of the new league year until the season opener only the team’s top 51 salaries (to include base salaries, roster bonuses, and likely to be earned incentives) and all bonus prorations count toward the team’s salary cap. This number comes with alot of flexibility behind it."

Is Steven Means Ravens’ next pass rusher?Ryan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com

"Means’ name has been brought up twice by General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Head Coach John Harbaugh this offseason.Harbaugh mentioned him before the draft while sitting alongside Newsome, Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta and Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz.“We have a young pass rusher – Steven Means is a guy just to throw out there – we’ll see how he does,” Harbaugh said. “There’s not a guy in this [press conference] that probably knows who he is except for, maybe, the four of us. He’s a guy that’s going to be interesting to see how he develops.”"

John Urschel, James Hurst aim to be super subsRyan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com

"The absence of the Ravens’ starting offensive line from much of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) hasn’t left John Urschelor James Hurstpouting.Urschel and Hurst have been running as starters at guard/center and left tackle, respectively, giving them valuable practice reps to improve against the first-team defense and show coaches what they’ve got."

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