Originally Posted by ChefMike
Well now that for the most part the season is over. I can look back at the whole season and make a judgement here.
I am a Ravens fan through and through but I have to say this year... it was the Steelers that had the best draft. Pouncey, is a starter at center a very difficult position in the NFL to play period and the two WR's they brought in were bright spots as well.
Yeah, after one year, it could be Pittsburgh, though it's very, very close with Cleveland. I'll go Pitt due to being a fan and the playoff impact of these guys, though.
My take on things:
Pouncey was a wonderful sight for sore eyes, and Sanders and Antonio Brown are two big reasons why we beat the Ravens.
They combined for 7 catches for 129 catches, including the 58 yard bomb on 3-19 late in the 4th.
Sanders also had his role expand as the season advanced, surpassing Randle El for the #3 spot, and Brown was our returner for the majority of the season. Brown also appears to have passed Randle El for the #4 spot.
Jason Worilds looked promising in the few plays he got at OLB, including at least two QB pressures/hurries and 2 sacks. Couple of ST tackles too.
Thaddeus Gibson was the last LB on our depth chart, and was released when we needed space to sign a defensive lineman. He was signed by San Fran but didn't to anything.
Chris Scott was injured and didn't participate much, if anything, in training camp. The team, however, didn't place him on the IR and put him on the 53 man roster after coming off the PUP list, meaning that he could be a solid swing tackle, or backup offensive lineman. I can't say he played well or sucked, as there is virtually nothing to base myself off.
Crezdon Butler was inactive for most, maybe all, games this season. He did make the 53 roster, and looked good in TC. He didn't have any impact this year though.
Stevenson Sylvester was a key component of our special teams unit, making several tackles and plays. Didn't play at LB though.
Dwyer arrived out of shape for TC and had issues early on, but ran well in the last two games and was only active vs. Cleveland.
Doug Worthington is no longer on the team.
End of year grade: B+
Found two guys I think will be future starters in Pouncey and Sanders, with four more guys that will be regular contributors in Worilds, Sylvester, Brown and Dwyer.
4 have already made an impact on the team.