After addressing the gaping hole at wide receiver with the addition of Lee Evans, the Ravens still have work to do before the September 11th opener against the Steelers.
The backup quarterback situation looks dismal with the performance of rookie Tyrod Taylor. Taylor finished the game 19 of 28 with no TDs and 2 Interceptions. Taylor’s two interceptions came on plays where any veteran QB would have thrown the ball away. The rookie showed no sign that he was ready for an NFL game should anything happen to Flacco.
The Offensive Line
Outside of the play of backup QB Tyrod Taylor, the offensive line also looked like it could use some serious work. Michael Oher looked like a lost puppy at left tackle, and Jah Reid looked overmatched. Don’t write off Oher as a bust yet. He looked great his rookie season at right tackle. If I was the Ravens, I’d give Reid a year to develop, move Oher back to right tackle, and sign former Steeler’s LT Max Starks. Starks was cut by the Steelers with the lift of the lockout. Who would know Lamar Woodley and James Harrison on week 1 better than their ex-teammate?
· Chris Carr proved why he is a number three cornerback getting burned by Riley Cooper on a 42 yard pass
· The Ravens seemed to have satisfied their need for a pass rusher from within with the emergences of Paul Kruger and Sergio Kindle
· Bernard Pollard may have solidified his spot at strong safety with his performance Thursday. Pollard finished the game with a pick, a sack, and two pass deflectons