Weddle’s friend is now his enemy. Being a smart football fan in the summer is tough. Bill Simmons sucks. A bleak outlook for Ravens receivers. Perriman is just as excited as we are. Ben Grubbs’ career might be over.
The Steelers fan who wrote a letter to Eric Weddle wasn’t alone in wanting him to come to Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger says it would have been good for the Steelers to get Weddle. Well, Ben, you didn’t. Much to your chagrin and our joy here in Baltimore, he is, as you put it, your “enemy.” Jeremy Fowlers says Roethlisberger must now “make sure he’s not picked off by his buddy when they meet twice a year.” Good luck.
Remember how cool Grantland was? It was hard-hitting (i.e. detailed and thorough, not controversial) and insightful. With Bill Simmons’ new project, he’s lightened it up a bit. That’s exactly what you’ll get with this piece from Kevin Clark of The Ringer. He explains why you should pay attention to the actions of coaches instead of what they say. If you do that, you won’t be swayed by what comes pretty close to propaganda.
I was always a fan of Grantland, but how could we as a self-respecting Ravens site possibly be a fan of Bill Simmons in general. Tom Ley of Deadspin beautifully explains why Bill Simmons isn’t, as Ley puts it, the “disrupter” that he thinks he is, and his actions at ESPN aren’t that of a guy who consistently pushes the envelope. Really, Simmons was just a petulant, unruly employee who received praise because no one likes an empire like ESPN.
The guys over at BR.com do a great job of using their access to profile players, especially ones who are often forgotten. One of those players is Matt Elam. This really will be his last chance, and Ryan Mink he says he’s up for the challenge after supposedly starting to turn a corner last training camp. Time will tell.
Justis Mosqueda of Bleacher Report doesn’t think too highly of the Ravens’ receivers. He has some fair points, especially about Steve Smith coming back at age 37 after tearing his Achilles and the rapid drop-off of speed threats like Mike Wallace. He was a bit premature on counting Perriman out for the year, but we’ll let that one slide. But he fails to understand the valuation of restricted free agent tenders.
He says that because the Ravens didn’t offer Kamar Aiken a 1st-round tender at a cost of $3.6M, the Ravens don’t value Aiken as highly as players like Dwayne Harris who are receiving an equivalent amount of money. It seems like Mosqueda needs a quick lesson on incentives. No matter where the Ravens value Aiken, there is no incentive for them to give him a 1st-round tender. No one is going to give up a 2nd-round pick for a rental on a decent WR2. So why would the Ravens pay $1M a year more for him when no one is going to take Aiken from them?
Anyway, the whole thing is a pretty good read if you’re looking for an alternative viewpoint than the one Ryan Jones laid out yesterday.
Ex-Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs, who was with the #Chiefs in '15, has likely played his last down thanks to a neck injury that ended his season
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2016
Drafted by the Ravens in 2007, the same year as Marshal Yanda.
God is so good!!!!!
— Breshad Perriman (@B_Perriman11) June 14, 2016
Perriman is even more excited than us about the news on his knee.