Found July 17, 2013 on
Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, and Torrey Smith (Photo credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
It’s no secret that the Baltimore Ravens’ offense has a little bit of work to do before the season opener. But without a doubt, the team looks to be in pretty good shape as training camp approaches. Here’s a look at five of the key players on offense that will be stepping up this season to help the Ravens defend their title.
1. Joe Flacco
After leading his team to Super Bowl victory and simultaneously claiming the title of Super Bowl MVP, all eyes will be on the Ravens’ 6’6” quarterback this season. Joe Flacco will take on more of a leadership role on offense this year. Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will most likely loosen the reins this season, allowing Flacco to run the no-huddle more often and letting him call more plays on his own.
Giving Flacco more freedom on the field will be a big change for the Ravens’ offense this season, but it should not be a difficult adjustment. Flacco’s patience in the pocket will give him time to sort through his options. With Flacco’s arm strength and natural ability to throw the ball, it seems as though the sky’s the limit.
Unfortunately, Flacco has a notorious description of “consistently inconsistent”. One day, he hits the field and looks like the best quarterback in the league, and the next, everyone is scratching their heads wondering how anyone let him on the field. As long as he stays reliable, Ravens fans shouldn’t have too much to worry about from their quarterback this season.
2. Ray Rice
For a small guy, Ray Rice sure knows how to make a big impact. Everyone remembers Rice’s 4th & 29 run against the San Diego Chargers. Rice will be a key player on the Ravens’ offense yet again this season because of his versatility. He is a running back that can catch and is not afraid to take a hit. Whatever the Ravens need him to for, he will do so with no questions asked. Rice finished the 2012 season with 61 receptions, the same number as tight end Dennis Pitta and only four receptions behind Anquan Boldin.
Rice is also one of the most dependable players on the Ravens’ roster. After replacing an injured Willis McGahee during his rookie season in 2008, Rice has not missed a single game.
3. Torrey Smith
Even though Torrey Smith has only been in the NFL for two years, the Ravens are looking to him to be their number one receiver. Smith finished last season with only 49 receptions, but managed 855 total yards from those 49 catches.
During the Ravens’ Week 3 game against the New England Patriots, Torrey Smith finished the night with an amazing 6 receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns, all coming less than 24 hours after his younger brother’s death. He decided to play after a night of grieving, traveling, and hardly any sleep. Smith’s dedication is what makes him stand out on the Ravens offense more than anything.
4. Dennis Pitta
Everyone in Baltimore jokes about the “bromance” between Joe Flacco and Dennis Pitta. Call it whatever you want, but it has been working for the Ravens on offense. Pitta finished last season with 61 catches for 669 yards. Pitta will most likely be one of Flacco’s favorite targets this season, especially since Anquan Boldin is no longer in the picture.
Since Jim Caldwell was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2011, he knows a little something about a good quarterback/tight end relationship. Caldwell will most likely shape Flacco and Pitta’s chemistry into an unstoppable pairing a la Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark from Caldwell’s days in Indianapolis.
5. Marshall Yanda
The Ravens’ two-time Pro Bowl guard tends to be overlooked by many. But Marshal Yanda is the backbone of the offensive line. The seven year veteran had a blocking efficiency rating of 98.4 last season, leading all right guards in the NFL.
Yanda is currently rehabilitating from rotator cuff surgery, which he underwent this offseason. Head coach John Harbaugh mentioned that Yanda is ahead of schedule with his recovery, but he still may have to sit out the first part of training camp. Yanda is expected to make a full recovery before the Ravens take on the Broncos in the season opener on September 5th. As long as Yanda can stay injury-free after his return, the Ravens’ offensive line will be one of the strongest in the league.
With names like these on Baltimore’s offense, this upcoming season could be a fun one for Ravens fans.
Will the Baltimore Ravens be better than last year?
Baltimore Ravens: Can Flacco live up to the hype?
Baltimore Ravens: Replacing Boldin
BEST OF MAXIM
Overall outlook: The defending Super Bowl champs had a great balanced attack in 2012, 15th in passing offense and 11th in rushing. While that's a great way to win a title in the NFL, it's a turnoff for fantasy football drafters.
Bye week: 8
Quarterback: Joe Flacco
The Super Bowl XLVII MVP had an enjoyable season last year, but was still around the middle of the pack...
As if a statue wasn't enough, the Ravens will continue to honor Ray Lewis.
The Ravens announced Monday that the future Hall of Fame linebacker will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during Week 3 against former longtime teammate Ed Reed and the Texans.
Lewis will become the sixth player to be enshrined by the organization, joining Jamal Lewis, Matt Stover, Jonathan...
According to a report from Chris Vannini at CoachingSearch.com, former NFL All-Pro running back Ricky Williams will join the coaching at University of Incarnate Word, which is located in San Antonio, TX. No really, that’s a real school. Not only that, they are playing Division I football. It’s interesting to see that Williams is staying in the game, when it always appeared to...
The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they’ve signed rookie first round pick, safety Matt Elam.
The Ravens 2013 draft class is now on the books.
First-round pick Matt Elam agreed in principle to a four-year contract on Thursday. The deal also includes a team option for a fifth year.
“Matt Elam is what we expected and maybe a little bit more,” Secondary Coach Teryl Austin...
Haloti Ngata (Photo credit: charles LeClaire/US Presswire)
Without a doubt, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens had one of the best defenses in NFL history. Since then, the organization has been trying to find a group that could match the legendary 2000 defense. While they haven’t quite gotten there yet, they have found some solid men to round out the roster. Here’s a look at five key...
Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams reportedly will be back on the gridiron come fall.
The running back will join the coaching staff at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, according to Pete Roussel of Coaching Search. The Cardinals are joining the FCS Southland Conference for the 2013 season.
Williams was the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner while at the...
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is in the process
of recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. He’s
ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation, and he’s “making significant process,”
a source told Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.
At this point, Webb is making enough progress that the
potential of him being back on the field for...
The Baltimore Ravens are looking forward to the return of their best cornerback, Lardarius Webb. The shutdown defender is way ahead of schedule and hopeful to make a return by Training Camp. Webb tore his ACl in a week siix victory over the Dallas Cowboys and has diligently been rehabing his way back with Dr. James Andrews. Entering the second year of a $50 million contract...
I love this haircut Juan…
Fantasy Profile: Ray Rice
Torrey Smith Takes Pic With Sleeping Guy At The Mall
The Miami Dolphins have been considered the clear front-runner for free agent fullback Vonta Leach since he was released by the Baltimore Ravens last month. Despite on-going contract talks, the Dolphins have decided not to an extend an offer to the former 2004 undrafted product out of East Carolina, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Source tells me #Dolphins...
simpler, happier times
We descend upon the home of Jack and Jackie Harbaugh in Mequon, WI. Monster trucks are parked on top of neighborhood cars on the street. Super Bowl champion coach, John Harbaugh, is the last to arrive and he is carrying two cases of Twisted Tea on his shoulders. It is the only way that he travels. He enters the home of his parents.
John: SUP BABY DICKS AND...
The Baltimore Ravens, even with their losses, have plenty of choices for fantasy football. From the receivers, quarterback and tremendous running back, if you are a biased fantasy owner, you have a lot of choices if you are only looking for Ravens players.
After the 2011 NFL preseason, most fans thought that wide receiver Torrey Smith was going to ride the bench and be second...
Barry Sanders, one of the best running backs in NFL history turned 45 today. Barry perhaps is best known for retiring in his prime, deciding in 1999 that he was done with football. Barry was truly amazing. Happy Birthday to the G.O.A.T. To See more of Today’s B-days click here.
I could still run for 1,500 yards Juan…
Fantasy Profile: Ray Rice
David Wilson Is Stronger Than You…