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    Training Camp 2013 Thread



    With the Rookies, QB's and injured players reporting today (sort of) marks beginning of training camp and the new season. They're probably won't be much coverage until the open camp in August but I'm just glad we'll have something more than Top _________ list to argue and debate about

    The biggest storylines:

    Competition for the number 2 and 3 WR spot between Jacoby, Deonte Thompson, Tandon Doss, David Reed, Tommy Streeter and Aaron Mellette

    Inside Linebacker Competition between Daryl Smith, Jameel McClain, Josh Bynes, Albert McClellan, Arthur Brown, Nigel Carr and Bryan Hall

    Whether Jameel McClain will be healthy enough to compete.

    Gino Gradkowski and A.Q. Shipleys battling for the Center position.

    Just how much Bernard Pierce eats into Rice's carries?

    Will Brandon Williams beat out the (as of now unhealthy) Terrence Cody?

    Jimmy Smith's continued development.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/r...,6034940.story

    "The interesting thing about Matt is he's one of those guys who's so versatile, playing strong safety, free safety and nickel," Riddick said. "Combining him with Michael Huff will make Baltimore a very dangerous defense that can dictate to offenses what they do. Baltimore won't have to substitute because of Elam's coverage ability and how he can perform in base defenses.

    "He's an undersized guy, but he's not terrible undersized," Lande said. "He has to prove he can take on blocks. He also needs to be more consistent. At times, he was so quick to read and fast to get to the ball that he goes by the play. I don't see a lot of faults and look for him to be a very productive starter early in his career. I'd be shocked if he doesn't start as a rookie and is among their top two or three tacklers."
    "I'll bet you he takes Cody's gig and pushes him aside," Lande said. "This is a powerful kid who's highly competitive. He's a fire hydrant type of kid, strong, technically sound, works his butt off. He's exactly what you want at nose guard. Even healthy, I don't see how Cody could beat him out because Cody is a bad athlete. This kid can stay on his feet and move.




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    Re: Training Camp 2013 Thread

    I'm fucking pumped! Our super bowl champs are not about to defend their title.


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    Re: Training Camp 2013 Thread

    Don't rule out LaQuan Williams at WR either.
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    Re: Training Camp 2013 Thread

    I think you have to list Flacco in the list of story lines as well in terms of him going into his first full year under Caldwell's system.

    Will the preparation be different? Which receiver(s) will he favor in camp? New plays? Etc.
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    Re: Training Camp 2013 Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    I think you have to list Flacco in the list of story lines as well in terms of him going into his first full year under Caldwell's system.

    Will the preparation be different? Which receiver(s) will he favor in camp? New plays? Etc.
    Thats what I'm most excited to see. Which receiver will Joe develop the same level of chemistry with that he had with Boldin.
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    Re: Training Camp 2013 Thread

    Here's my storylines...

    Caldwell-eque: How will a true Jim Caldwell offense look? Sub-thread, can Flacco/Caldwell carry their record setting pace into this season

    Run Ray Run: How will Rice be used? Also, how will he fare without Leach there (Assuming Leach doesn't return, if he does it becomes Where Does Leach Fit?)

    Split Wide: How will Torrey fare as a true #1 receiver? Who will step into the starting role, who will be the #2 option, will those two be the same? Sub-threads: Is Pitta elite now? and Is Dickson about to step up?

    OL Strength or Weakness: Is Bryant McKinnie ready for full go? Will Gino live up to the hype?

    Brandon Williams - This guy gets his own storyline to me. He could be the most exciting rookie to watch, and in company of 3 potential starters, that's saying a lot.

    BLITZ - Will any QBs be able to blink before Suggs and Dumervil are on top of him?

    Up the Middle - Daryl Smith, Arthur Brown, Jameel McClain, Josh Bynes, Albert McClellan, Bryan Hall...who will emerge and will they be able to hang with the AFC North offenses?

    Shutdown - Can Webb get back to top form by Week 1? Is Jimmy Primed for Prime time? Can Corey Graham keep being as awesome as he was?

    Centerfielders - Is Elam ready to go as a rookie? Can Huff play as well as Pollard/Reed did last year? Can Omar Brown get back his preseason mojo from last year and turn it into regular season consistency? IHEDIGBO!

    Wolf Pack - Will Tucker keep being as awesome as he was rookie year? Can Sam Koch avoid being on the cap casualty watch list? (No disrespect to him, but he's coming off an average year and approaching salary numbers that may make him expendable)

    Endzone to Endzone - Is Jacoby our KR? Or can Deonte grab that job back?
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    Man, I was starting to get the shakes.
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    Lots of capsules around this team. My focuses..
    1) How do Ngata and Suggs look?
    2) Who wins at Center
    3) WR and ILB depth charts

    Offensive rookie I'm looking forward to seeing: Juice
    Defensive rookie...Williams

    Offensive vet I need to step up: Torrey (He'll see #1 CBs all season. He best be ready)
    Defensive vet: Jimmy


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    Meshak Williams? DE undrafted, signed as a LB, this is a story-line we have seen played out multiple times in the past Scott, Ellerbe...
    Anyone know if he is over the helmet to helmet carting off during the Cotton Bowl?
    I can find very little on the injury status.

    Brynden Trawick, CB from Troy? Know anyone else who attended Troy and made NFL? Osi Umenyiora, Leodis McKelvin, so my dark horse to make the squad with injury, or be PS/IR
    Moe Lee (That is Martavious Lee, gotta root for him based on name alone) CB is crowded though

    And of course Matt Furstenburg because Terps.

    I always focus on the "bottom" talent, the upper crust takes care of itself, I like to know what the next man up has for us on the bench
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    Guys got their conditioning in

    Kyle Juszczyk ‏@JuiceCheck44 26m
    Conditioning test is the books. Time to focus on some football! #startthegrind
    Gerrard Sheppard ‏@GSheppardWR 1h
    Conditioning Test, Done.... Now it's time for some footballlll ��-��-��#RavensNation
    Last edited by Justlovemybirds; 07-21-2013 at 03:42 PM.




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    How many spots are honestly open on this team?
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    Torrey is used to being double teamed I'm really excited about DT. I have a feeling jones won't see as much time at #2 WR as we think. Hoping jimmy kills it and gets his confidence back. Elam is going to prove he was a steal at 31. And most importantly no injuries!!




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