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dcarey20
07-31-2007, 01:25 PM
The 2006 Ravens season was a great one that ended with great dissapointment. With the exception of maybe the 2000 Super Bowl campaign, I can't remember so much excitement about the team. Steve McNair brought a veteran presence to the quarterback position, something that the Ravens haven't had since, well, maybe in their history. Everything seemed set for a possible Super Bowl appearance. It came down to one game with the Indianapolis Colts. Again, I couldn't really remember so much excitement. It was probably the most anticipated game that I can remember. The game obviously ended in defeat. But that game may have left the Ravens even hungrier, and that's one of the reasons why I look forward to the 2007 season.

The Offseason

Notable Losses:

OT Tony Pashos
RB Jamal Lewis
DE/LB Adalius Thomas
DT Aubrayo Franklin
FB Ovie Mughelli

Notable Additions:

RB Willis McGahee
DE/LB Jarret Johnson (re-signed)

On paper, it may look to some as if the Ravens got worse in the offseason. I disagree. The loss of Tony Pashos may hurt, but it depends on the play of Adam Terry. Pashos was a great pass blocker, but his run blocking left alot to be desired. Adalius Thomas was an outstanding player for us. Regardless of the Ravens' track record with replacing players, Thomas will be hard to replace. Jarret Johnson will do his best to do just that, as he will most likely be the starter across from Terrell Suggs in the 3-4. Johnson has been a key reserve for us and I felt his extension was warranted. I think he'll surprise some people with a good year. Ovie Mughelli played like an elite fullback in 2006, but I totally agree with the front office's decision to let him go. 3 million dollars a year for a fullback is a bit lucrative, even with a guy like Mughelli. Then we come to Jamal Lewis. Lewis' final statline didn't look that bad. But anyone who watched Jamal throughout the year knew that he was just dreadful. He struggled terribly with his vision and he no longer has the breakaway speed that made him a top running back. Willis McGahee comes in as Willis' replacement, and I feel he will be an outstanding player for us.

2007 NFL Draft

1st round, 29th overall: Ben Grubbs, Offensive Guard, Auburn
3rd round, 74th overall: Yamon Figurs, Wide Receiver/Return Specialist, Kansas State
3rd round, 86th overall: Marshal Yanda, Offensive Tackle/Guard, Iowa
4th round, 134th overall: Antwan Barnes, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Florida International
4th round, 137th overall: Le'Ron McClain, Fullback, Alabama
5th round, 174th overall: Troy Smith, Quarterback, Ohio State
6th round, 207th overall: Prescott Burgess, Linebacker, Michigan

I was a fan of Ben Grubbs, I felt he was a late first round prospect, and far and away the top guard in the draft. I felt he was a good pick at the end of the round, but I will admit that I was a bit dissapointed when I saw his name come across the screen. Again, it's not because I didn't like him, but I felt that Chris Houston would have been a great pick. I felt Houston was the top corner in the draft and could have been a great addition and value. But as I look back, I like the Grubbs pick more and more, as he solidifies our offensive line for the future. Then we come to Yamon Figurs at 74. I, along with many other fans, was stunned by this pick. I hated it at first. But like the Grubbs pick, I grew to like it. As I have learned more about Yamon, I have become very excited about what he can bring to the table. He was arguably the fastest player in the draft, as he clocked in at 4.30 seconds in the 40 yard dash. He was a playmaker for Kansas State, as he showed potential as a return man and receiver. Figurs should make an immediate impact as a return man, and should win the 4th receiver job. Ozzie Newsome and company seem to love him, and that gives me alot of confidence in the pick. Marshal Yanda was the pick at 86, a pick that was acquired when we traded back for Figurs. I thought Yanda was a tad bit of a reach, but my first impression of the pick was good. Yanda looked like he would be a guard in the pros, but with us, it looks like his future may lie at tackle. Regardless of what position he plays, he should be a great asset as a sixth lineman. Antwan Barnes was the first pick on the second day, and there's alot to be excited about with him. At 240 pounds, Barnes ran a 4.4 40 yard dash, and put up over 30 reps of 225 pounds. That's just outstanding. You have to be excited about a defensive end/linebacker with those type of skills. It's scary to think what Rex Ryan might be able to do with him. Le'Ron McClain became a Raven 3 picks later, and he was a pick that many Raven fans sort of expected. The Ravens showed alot of interest in him and he seems like a perfect replacement for the departed Ovie Mughelli. He should challenge Justin Green right away for a starting job. Then one of the most celebrated players in the draft, Troy Smith came off the board to the Ravens at 174. I have to say that while I wasn't the biggest Troy Smith fan in the world, I absolutely loved this pick. To be able to get a guy as accomplished as Troy with the last pick of the 5th round is a great steal. And he comes into the perfect situation. He doesn't have an pressure on him as the 'future', yet there's still a chance he could be a starter down the road. Now no one expects Troy to be the future guy, or at least the shouldn't, but at the very least he can be an effective backup. He just fits with us and I'm happy to have him. Prescott Burgess rounded out this draft, an average pick. I would have preferred Brandon Siler, who has expierience on the inside, and who I couldn't believe lasted until the seventh. But Burgess is an accomplished player who could be a solid special teamer or backup for us. Overall, this is one of those drafts that wasn't too flashy, but could be a great class with a lot of starters. I coudl honestly see every single one of these guys being contributors in some way down the road. I'd grade this draft in the B - B+ range.

Supplemental Draft

5th round - Jared Gaither, Offensive Tackle, Maryland

Needless to say I was thrilled when I heard the news that Gaither had been picked by the Ravens in the Supplemental Draft. Many fans discussed the possibilities of Gaither in the Supplemental. Alot of fans, including me, said they wouldn't mind giving up a second for Jared. So obviously, when you get him for a 5th round pick, it's tough to not be overjoyed. Gaither has top 10 talent as a lineman. He's huge and has great skills. He comes into a great situation with the Ravens. He could be the successor to Jon Ogden at left tackle, or he could even play right, depending on the play of Adam Terry. Either way, we could see a future line of Gaither - Brown - Chester - Grubbs - Terry, and that's something to really be excited about.

Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Brian Billick

Much was said about Brian Billick after our playoff loss to the Colts. Many wanted him gone after a dissapointing performance. Some felt he deserved an extension. I felt an extension was definitely warranted, and that's what he got. I may in the minority here, but I've always been a fan of Billick and I feel he's the right coach for this team. I look forward to seeing how he calls the plays in 2007.

Offensive Coordinator - Rick Neuheisel

Rick Neuheisel isn't your typical offensive coordinator, as he won't be calling the plays, and because of that, it may be hard to judge his performance. But I feel Neuheisel has done a solid job during his tenure with us.

Defensive Coordinator - Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan, in my opinion, is the best defensive mind in the national football league. He should be a head coach right now, and we are lucky to have him around. The things that he does with our defense are outstanding, and he coaches with a great fire and intensity. If 2007 is like 2006, Ryan could be up for a head coaching job yet again.

Projected Opening Day Depth Chart

Offense

Quarterback - Steve McNair, Kyle Boller, Troy Smith

Steve McNair returns for his second year in Baltimore. He'll have the oppurtunity to be present for the entire training camp, something he didn't have last year. It should help. Kyle Boller returns as well in his second year as the backup. Boller showed that he can step in when needed, and I, along with many other fans, feel comfortable with him in that number 2 role. He's got 30+ starts in our system, he's familiar with our offensive players, and he even brings some things to the table that McNair doesn't. Troy Smith looks like a sure bet to be #3. While he shouldn't have too see the field this season, he rounds out a nice trio of signal callers.

Tailback - Willis McGahee, Mike Anderson, Musa Smith, P.J. Daniels

Willis McGahee enters his first year as a Raven, and he will obviously be the feature back. Many have mixed feeling on him, but I think he will flourish. He's happy, healthy, and I think he will prove to be a franchise back. I don't think 1500 yards is out of the question. 1300 at the least. Mike Anderson was brought in last year to challenge Jamal Lewis for the starting job. It ended up that Brian Billick stuck with Jamal for the entire season, despite Anderson making the most of his limited oppurtunities. But Anderson didn't complain one bit. He's the consumate teammate and the perfect backup to have. Musa Smith has struggled horribly with injuries, but if he's healthy, we know what he can be capable of. Hopefully he stays healthy. P.J. Daniels looks like a good bet to make the roster, as he was a 4th round pick back in 2006. He was a bit of a reach, but the front office seemed high on him. His rookie season was non-existent, as he was inactive for every regular season game. I'm not expect much more, but I hope he can get a few looks.

Fullback - Le'Ron McClain, Justin Green

Fullback is one of the more intriguing position battles coming into training camp. Le'Ron McClain was a 4th round pick and he reminds me alot of Ovie Mughelli. A mauler who has good hands out of the backfield. Justin Green has a bunch of potential, but he hasn't been healthy. With Green being placed on the PUP list to start camp, I think that will give McClain the upper hand. Not to mention that I just feel McClain will impress more than Green.

Wide Receiver - Mark Clayton, Derrick Mason, Demetrius Williams, Yamon Figurs, Clarence Moore

Mark Clayton established himself as our top threat from the receiver position. He proved to be a viable deep threat, and he showed good hands. Derrick Mason has taken a step back, but he remains a solid veteran presence with good hands. Demetrius Williams showed a lot of promise in his rookie year. The coaches are extremely high on him and I'm sure it wouldn't surprise many to see D-Will as a starter by the end of the year. Yamon Figurs' specialty is in the return game, but he has the ability to be a threat in the passing game as well. The Ravens have said that they drafted him to contribute in this area as well. He should easily win the 4th job over Devard Darling and Clarence Moore. Then we come to the 5th receiver spot, which is another intriguing battle between two big underachievers, Devard Darling and Clarence Moore. If Figurs impresses, both could be cut. I hope that Darling makes it, but Moore is my prediction. Brian Billick has always had a soft spot for Moore, and he has played way more than Darling.

Tight End - Todd Heap, Daniel Wilcox, Quinn Sypniewksi

I absolutley love the 3 tight ends on our roster. I think they complement each other perfectly. I think the Ravens have one of the best tight end trios in the game. Heap is at least a top 5 tight end in the game, maybe top 3. Daniel Wilcox is one of the more underappreciated Ravens, but he has good hands and playmaking ability. His style is a nice complement to Heap. Quinn Sypniewski was a 5th round pick in 2006 and had a nice rookie year. He played in all 16 games and was a force as a blocker. He only logged 2 receptions, but I expect that number to rise this year. Tight end is without a doubt a big strength for us.

Offensive Tackle - Jon Ogden (LT starter), Adam Terry (RT starter), Marshal Yanda, Jared Gaither

Jon Ogden certainly isn't as dominant as he once was, but there's no doubt that he's still one of the top at his position. His decision to stay around for another crack at the Super Bowl was great for us. Adam Terry has been a sub for the majority of his 2 year career, and now he gets his shot as a starter. He played well in his few starts last season, but that was at left tackle. We'll have to see how he transitions to right, because it's something he's had a tad bit of trouble with in the past. I think he's up to the challenge, but we'll wait and see. Marshal Yanda should be the replacement if either starter goes down, and Jared Gaither will learn until he is ready to start down the road. This is a solid group now and a good one in the future.

Offensive Guard - Jason Brown (LG starter), Chris Chester (RG starter), Ben Grubbs, Keydrick Vincent

Jason Brown started the majority of the 2006 season after Edwin Mulitalo went down. I felt he was pretty impressive, and he did enough to make the Ravens comfortable with him as a full time starter. Chris Chester's future likely like as the center position, but for now, he's the starter at right guard. I expect him to start the season at right guard, and then hopefully transition to center, leaving the right guard spot to first round pick Ben Grubbs. Keydrick Vincent has started the past 2 seasons for us but is now a full time backup. Brian Rimpf returns from injury to provide depth.

Center - Mike Flynn

As I stated, Chris Chester's future is at center. But for now, Chester is at right guard while rookie Ben Grubbs proves himself and gets acclamated. This leaves Mike Flynn as the starter at center. Flynn has been a weakness for the past year or two, but he still provides a veteran presence and is capable of starting.

Defense (3-4)

Defensive End - Trevor Pryce, Haloti Ngata, Dwan Edwards

Trevor Pryce was one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL last season, as he tallied 13 sacks and did an outstanding job of freeing up lanes for the linebackers. I was a bit weary of Pryce when we signed him, because I felt we payed a bit much for a guy who's numbers had gone down each of the past few seasons. But he proved me 100% wrong, as he was an outstanding player and leader. Haloti Ngata was a tackle coming out of Oregon, but he played mostly from a 3-4 end stance. He didn't dissapoint, as he did everything that was asked of him. He should be even better in his second year. Dwan Edwards was a 2nd round pick in 2004, and has been a huge dissapointment in Baltimore. Like Ngata, he came to Baltimore as a tackle and was moved to end before last season. On paper, he looks like he'd be a nice fit, but he just hasn't gotten the job done. End is one of the few areas of concern for this team, as we could see Edwards in a starting role should something happen to Trevor or Haloti.

Defensive Tackle - Kelly Gregg, Justin Bannan

Kelly Gregg has to be one of the most underappreciated players in the NFL, and definitely on the Ravens. He was a great find for Ozzie Newsome. Gregg is quick off the snap, always seems to be around the play, and does a decent job of holding down the point of attack, especially for his size. Justin Bannan was brought in from Buffalo, and looked good in the time that he played. I feel comfortable with him as a starter should anything happen to Gregg.

Outside Linebacker - Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson, Antwan Barnes, Gary Stills

Terrell Suggs is one of the best young defensive players in the AFC, and should be receiving a big extension soon. He's a complete player, something that you don't see in alot of 3-4 outside linebackers. He can play the run, rush the passer, and cover the pass equally well. Jarret Johnson enters his first year as a starter. I've already said that I'm expecting him to be a pleasant surprise to many, and I don't think 8 sacks is out of the question in our defense. Antwan Barnes has ridiculous tools and should see some time as a sub for JJ. Gary Stills probably won't see much time as a defensive player, but he is arguably the best special teamer in the league, as he led the NFL in special teams tackles last year.

Inside Linebacker - Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Mike Smith, Dennis Haley

Ray Lewis enters his 12th NFL season, and he is still the undisputed leader of this defense. Many people feel he's lost alot, but I don't think he's lost much. He certainly isn't as dominating as he was 4 or 5 years ago, but he remains one of the top linebackers in the game. I feel he's the top inside guy still. He has so many responsibilities in our scheme and he does just about everything well. Bart Scott broke free as a great player last year. He was all over the field. He showed that he could rush the passer with 9.5 sacks, and he did a great job against the pass and run. Mike Smith has been a decent player for us, especially as a 7th round pick. Dennis Haley has been a solid backup as well, and he actually reminds me a bit of a poor man's Bart Scott. He's got similar size and can play outside or inside.

Cornerback - Chris McAlister, Samari Rolle, Corey Ivy, Evan Oglesby, Ronnie Prude, Derrick Martin

Chris McAlister was lights out last season, and in my opinion is second to only Champ Bailey. Samari Rolle had what was probably the most dissapointing season of his career. His first half of the season was absolutely dreadful, as teams picked on him game after game. But he stepped up his play down the stretch and wasn't bad. I think he's re-committed himself and will be a decent player in 2007. Corey Ivy is the nickelback, but if C-Mac or Rolle goes down, the starting job will likely go to Evan Oglesby. Ronnie Prude was very productive as a UDFA, with 2 interceptions, 1 returned for a touchdown. Derrick Martin has as much raw talent as any defensive back on the roster. I'm excited about him but he has to gain more expierience before he can make a significant contribution.

Free Safety - Ed Reed, Gerome Sapp

Ed Reed is in my opinion the best safety in the game, and our best player. He is so important to us because he controls most of the secondary. Gerome Sapp provides depth.

Strong Safety - Dawan Landry, Gerome Sapp

Dawan Landry had to be the biggest surprise from last season. He was outstanding as a 5th round pick, and proved to be one of the biggest steals from the 2006 draft. He was solid against the run, against the pass, and showed the ability to make big plays, with 5 picks and a touchdown. There's alot to be excited with him. Gerome Sapps backs up Landy as well.

Special Teams

Kicker - Matt Stover

Matt Stover remains one of the better kickers in the NFL today. He's so consistent and has made a number of huge kicks for us.

Punter - Sam Koch

Sam Koch's rookie season wasn't bad, but he was a bit inconsistent. I'm hoping for a more consistent sophomore year.

Long Snapper - Matt Katula

Not much to say about the long snapper position, but Matt Katula has done the job for us. I can't remember him ever muffing a snap or letting a man through for a block. So I guess that's about as good as it gets.

Return Specialist - Yamon Figurs, B.J. Sams

The battle for return man is another one of the big position battles, and to be honest, I don't know who to go with. Figurs and Sams both have advantages and disadvantages. Sams has the advantage of being on the team for the past few years, and being successful. But then again he is coming off a pretty serious injury. Figurs has the advantage of being a pretty high draft pick and the front office being high on him. In the end, I think both make the roster, with Yamon getting the majority of the duty.

Practice Squad

Drew Olson, QB
Rob Abiamiri, TE
Jamaine Winborne, CB/S
David Pittman, CB
Prescott Burgess, ILB
Attiyah Ellison, DT
Devard Darling, WR
Ike Ndukwe, OG

Season Predictions

Week 1 @ Cincinnati: Loss. 0-1

As you said, Carson always gives us trouble, and for some reason our offense seems to struggle against their lackluster defense. This is going to be a tough task, especially on the road, and while I consider us the superior team, I think Cinci comes away with this, and the Ravens have a somewhat dissapointing start to the year.

Week 2 vs. NY Jets: Win. 1-1

The Ravens and the fans come out fired up for the first home game and we respond with a dominating performance over the Jets. I think we match up very well against them.

Week 3 vs. Arizona: Win. 2-1

The Arizona offense is very good, one of the best in the game, but I'm not worried about them too much. I think our multiple schemes completely throw off that below average line, and the Ravens come away with an easy one. Leinart struggles.

Week 4 @ Cleveland: Win. 3-1

The Browns always play us tough, especially at home. I think the Ravens underestimate them year after year, but I think we come away with this one.

Week 5 @ San Francisco: Win. 4-1

An up and coming team in the Niners face off against the Ravens. I love what the Niners have done, but I just don't think they can take the Ravens. I think Frank Gore is shut down, and that forces Alex Smith to will his team to a win, which I can't see happening against us.

Week 6 vs. St. Louis: Win. 5-1

A great offense against a great defense. Again, I like the way we match up against them. I think the Rams offense could put up some nice plays against us, but they won't kill us. I think McGahee and company has a big game against that defense, and the Ravens win with offense, which is rarely seen in Baltimore.

Week 7 @ Buffalo: Win. 6-1

The Bills offense won't be able to do anything against the defense, and the Ravens win this one easily.

Week 8: Bye.

Week 9 @ Pittsburgh: Win. 7-1

I know if a Steeler fan sees this they may bash me, but to be honest, I don't understand why people think the Steelers will be much better than last season. There weren't many changes to the biggest problem, the offense line. If anything they got worse in that area. I think the Steelers are still an 8-8 team, and the Ravens come out and get the win in a hostile environment.

Week 10 vs. Cincinnati: Win. 8-1

The Ravens come back and pull one out against their main competitor in the North. The offense steps it up and the defense limits Palmer and company.

Week 11 vs. Cleveland: Win. 9-1

The Ravens haven't loss to Cleveland in Baltimore since 2002, and I can't see it happening here. The Ravens beat the Browns, who may be led by Brady Quinn at this point.

Week 12 @ San Diego: Loss. 9-2

And so the we begin our 3 game stretch against the 3 best teams in the league. The Ravens got a win against the Bolts last year, but that was at home. The Ravens travel to San Diego and lose a tough one against a team with a potent offense and defense.

Week 13 vs. New England: Loss. 9-3

The Patriots are my pick to win the Super Bowl, and I think they get the job done against us. I think we'll make a few plays agaisnt Brady, but in the end, the Pats are too much for us and we lose this one.

Week 14 vs. Indianapolis: Win. 10-3

I think the Ravens are still steaming about last year's playoff loss. We shut down Peyton and that Indy offense, we just didn't get it done on offense. I see the defense playing stout as usual and the offense steps it up to end a two game losing streak.

Week 15 @ Miami: Win. 11-3

The Ravens come away with a win against a Miami team that doesn't really scare me.

Week 16 @ Seattle: Loss. 11-4

At this point the Ravens are looking forward to the playoffs, and we lose against a good Seattle team in a hostile environment.

Week 17 vs. Pittsburgh: Win. 12-4

The fans will be crazy for this one against a huge division rival. The Ravens deliver a big win as they don't want to go into the playoffs with a loss.

Regular Season Record: 12-4

Individual Statistics

Offense

Steve McNair: 15 games started, 62.3 comp %, 3295 yards, 18 touchdowns, 14 interceptions

Kyle Boller: 1 game started, 195 yards, 53.8 comp %, 1 touchdown, 1 interception

Willis McGahee: 335 carries, 1480 yards [4.5 ypc], 12 touchdowns

Mark Clayton: 78 catches, 1107 yards [14.2 ypc], 6 touchdowns

Todd Heap: 71 catches, 793 yards [11.2 ypc], 5 touchdowns

Derrick Mason: 55 catches, 592 yards [10.8 ypc], 2 touchdowns

Demetrius Williams: 42 catches, 610 yards [14.5 ypc], 4 touchdowns

Dan Wilcox: 15 catches, 165 yards, [10.1 ypc], 1 touchdown

Defense

Trevor Pryce: 43 tackles, 9 sacks

Terrell Suggs: 61 tackles, 13 sacks

Ray Lewis: 115 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 INT

Bart Scott: 105 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 INT

Jarret Johnson: 62 tackles, 8 sacks

Chris McAlister: 5 INT's, 1 TD, 2 TD's conceded

Ed Reed: 61 tackles, 8 INT's, 2 TD's

Dawan Landry: 75 tackles, 4 INT's, 1 TD

Awards

Defensive MVP: Ed Reed, FS
Offensive MVP: Willis McGahee, RB
Most Improved Player: Jarret Johnson, DE/OLB
Most Impactful Rookie: Le'Ron McClain, FB

Bottom Line

The 2007 season should be a good one for the Ravens. I think this is a team that could go deep in the playoffs and potentially challenge for the Lombardi Trophy. I'm not predicting the Ravens will win it, as the Patriots are my pick, but I still think we have the pieces in place. There's so much to look forward to this year and I can't wait for the season to start.

BigDawg819
07-31-2007, 02:56 PM
Your practice squad is suspect because I'm not sure those players would clear waivers not to mention I don't think players that have been on the roster for awhile can then be sent back to the practice squad.

I can see you put a lot of time into this and I'm not going to start nitpicking everything I disagree with, so good job and Go Ravens!

EdReedUnstoppable
07-31-2007, 04:31 PM
Living in a bit of a dream world with those stats for Willis and Jarrett Johnson.

Yung Flippa
07-31-2007, 04:42 PM
Props, for making all of this.
But I'm not really sure, if the Ravens want to put Prescott on the Practice Squad, because any team can just pick him up.
I think that Gary Stills or Dennis Haley will be going to the squad, if anything.

Ravens1991
07-31-2007, 08:37 PM
I think Haley will be on the practice squad

BigDawg819
07-31-2007, 08:38 PM
Props, for making all of this.
But I'm not really sure, if the Ravens want to put Prescott on the Practice Squad, because any team can just pick him up.
I think that Gary Stills or Dennis Haley will be going to the squad, if anything.

If you seriously think Gary Stills, one of the best players in the NFL, is going on the practice squad you should not consider yourself a knowledgeable football fan..........

EdReedUnstoppable
07-31-2007, 10:49 PM
Stills is too good of a special teamer to not get picked up by anyone should we try to slip him through waivers. Stills will either be on the active roster here or in 1 of the other 31 NFL cities.

dcarey20
07-31-2007, 11:56 PM
Your practice squad is suspect because I'm not sure those players would clear waivers not to mention I don't think players that have been on the roster for awhile can then be sent back to the practice squad.

I can see you put a lot of time into this and I'm not going to start nitpicking everything I disagree with, so good job and Go Ravens!

Yeah the practice squad is messed up. I don't know what i was thinking with Darling, I don't think he's eligible. And as for Abiamiri, I believe he was cut. So that is suspect.

EdReedUnstoppable
08-01-2007, 12:01 AM
And also I think if McClain is our impact rookie thats troubling. Our impact rookie should be one of either Yamon Figurs, Prescott Burgess, or Antwan Barnes.

Ravens1991
08-01-2007, 12:05 AM
I think it could be McClain, he has the best shot for a starter role, plus if Dcarey thinks McGahee can get that much yardage and if McClain is McGahees lead back then I could see McClain winning that award.

EdReedUnstoppable
08-01-2007, 12:17 AM
I think it could be McClain, he has the best shot for a starter role, plus if Dcarey thinks McGahee can get that much yardage and if McClain is McGahees lead back then I could see McClain winning that award.


But our O isn't gonna be like it usually is where the FB is always on the field, we are gonna use single back formations way more. Figurs should have a return TD or 2 and perhaps a couple of receiving TDs. Burgess and Barnes could each put up some high sack numbers should they see the field enough.

Ravens1991
08-01-2007, 04:17 PM
Burgess is a ILB for us in a 4-3 so I don't think he sees the field a lot. Plus with JJ getting most of the time and Rex saying Barnes is raw I am not sure if he will get 10+ sacks as a situational pass rusher.