Daily Caw: Biggest Issues Facing Ravens Following OTAs


Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (47) carries the ball as Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) and Ravens defensive back Rashaan Melvin (38) tackle in the fourth quarter during the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web.  Today we gander at the biggest issues facing the Ravens now that OTAs are wrapped up, Rashaan Melvin is more confident than ever, and grade the team’s backup quarterbacks over franchise history.

Often injured, two Ravens’ defensive linemen try to come back togetherAaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

"Sidelined last year after suffering major injuries during training camp in August, Urban and Lewis-Moore are back on the practice field and expected to be part of the Ravens’ defensive line rotation this season.“Me and Brent talk about everything a lot, for sure, because we’ve been through it all,” said Lewis-Moore, a Texas native who underwent surgery last August after tearing his left Achilles tendon. “I saw Brent just about every day this offseason. We worked so hard together."

Cornerback Rashaan Melvin confident as everRyan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com

"“It’s a next play mentality,” Melvin said. “Just like in life, things knock you down and you’ve got to get back up and keep pushing forward. Every game is not going to be your best game and every day isn’t going to be your best day. Understanding that has helped me understand that life isn’t perfect. You work to become perfect, but life isn’t perfect.“My confidence is sky high right now. I definitely believe in my ability like no other.”"

Grading the Ravens’ backup quarterbacksKevin McKusick, Russell Street Report

"The backup quarterback is the most popular player on the team.And once in Ravens history, that was justified.Defining the backup QBs is somewhat difficult if not arbitrary in many instances due to injury. So I adopted 3 simple rules to define and rank these players:"

Biggest issues facing Ravens with OTAs wrappedJason Marcum, Bleacher Report

"While a team can only do so much in these practices, it can get a decent idea of some of the strengths and weaknesses of the roster. For Baltimore, some glaring questions have surfaced as the Ravens wrap up their latest round of OTAs.Here’s a look at the biggest concerns the Ravens still need to deal with as they look toward training camp in mid-July."

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