Baltimore Ravens Q&A: Getting ready for the season opener
Whats going on with the third tight end?
@Chane21MS asks: Last year Andrews, Hurst and Boyle all caught touchdowns, .will there be a third TE catching a TD this year? If so then who?
Answer: Last year was the exception not the norm. I think this year Hayden Hurst will have a big year with the Atlanta Falcons. It will prove that he was more than just a third tight end. He’ll be Atlanta’s version of Mark Andrews. Will he be as good? No. However he will show that he was the best number three tight end you’ve ever seen. We know that Jackson loves tight ends and we know that Andrews and Boyle already have their jobs carved out and well defined.
With Jacob Breeland being out for the year, if there is going to be a third tight end it’s probably going to be Wolf. I’m not propping a third tight end up though. Until I see something from any of them whether it be Wolf, Charles Scarff or Jerrell Adams, I’m not doing it. I think it is more likely that Devin Duvernay and Willie Snead pick up more of the slack in the middle of the field.
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@mwhyche22 asks: Do you really think the Browns can slow our offense, knowing that they are a divisional opponent?
Answer: I have already written an article about how the Browns will struggle to stop the Ravens offense. AFC North battles are always a little tougher, and it is a season opener without a preseason. I could see the Ravens coming out and looking a little rusty to start things off. I still expect the Ravens to drop 30 points in this game. I still expect the Ravens to get over 150 rushing yards on the Browns as a team. As I mentioned in one of my last posts, the Browns beat the Ravens 40-25 but still gave up a lot of big plays to Jackson and company.
Last year I was of the belief that the only team that could slow down the Baltimore Ravens was the Baltimore Ravens. You could argue that the Tennessee Titans can slow down the Ravens but you can also see that the Ravens got in their own way. If the Ravens don’t impede their ability to put up points, they are going to light the scoreboard up. Unless the Browns can stop the run, their defense is looking at a tough day. I truly don’t believe@ the Browns can do that though.
Last year we learned that the Ravens can’t take anything for granted. The season hasn’t started yet, nothing is promised and the Ravens are not 1-0 yet. They have to take the Browns seriously and come out and play their best football. Being a season opener and a divisional opponent, it’s a safe bet that the Ravens will get an inspired effort from their opponent. If they play their game, they got this. If they don’t get in their own way and come to play the Browns will give up a ton of yards, a good bit of points and they’ll probably lose while they’re at it.