Dec 31, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Darren Waller (88) in the second quarter Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web. Today we look at four Ravens players who might wind up on the practice squad, a group of 30+ year old vets who hold the keys to success, and some second year players who are primed for a breakout.
Four players who might find themselves on Ravens practice squad in 2015 – Jason Marcum, Bleacher Report
"As of now, 10 players are permitted to be on a team’s practice squad. These spots are often reserved for players who barely miss out on making the final roster and still have room to grow and develop.For the Baltimore Ravens, there are several players talented enough to make the final roster, but competition at their position may force them onto the practice squad."
Ravens depending on over 30 players to produce – Clifton Brown, CSN Baltimore
"The Ravens could enter next season with at least seven starters who are 30 or older. That does not even include punter, Sam Koch, who is 33, or tight end Dennis Pitta, whose career remains uncertain at age 30 after two major hip surgeries.Here are the seven 30-and-and-over players the Ravens will depend on heavily next season to continue producing at a high level."
Ravens secondary hoping to be more opportunistic – Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun
"The Ravens had just 11 interceptions last season, tying a franchise low that was originally set in 2005. Only six teams – the Oakland Raiders (nine), the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins (seven each), and the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars (six each) – had fewer interceptions than the Ravens last year."
Second year players primed to make a big jump – Bo Smolka, CSN Baltimore
"NFL players often make a big jump from Year One to Year Two in the NFL. It makes sense, as these players, no longer rookies, are used to the routine, the speed, and the regimen of NFL life. Of course, it doesn’t always happen — Matt Elam and Arthur Brown both appeared to regress in their second year in the league.Still, the Ravens this season will have a slew of players who will be counted on to make that jump. In fact, the success of the Ravens season could depend on it. Here are three such players:"
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