Who is the most overrated Raven of all time? Michael Sedjro of Baltimore Beatdown says that it’s Anquan Boldin. To make his point, he looks at the reaction of the fanbase when the team let him go following the Super Bowl XLVII win. Some hailed him as the guy who made Joe Flacco look better than he was. Michael points out that, while he had an impressive performance in the Super Bowl and his 2 touchdowns in the AFC Championship game are very memorable, he never had a 1000 yard season as a Raven and Joe Flacco was playing historically well even when Anquan Boldin wasn’t contributing as much.
While Boldin’s contributions to the Super Bowl team were huge, it was probably the right move to let go of him the next year. How poor the offense played had a lot less to do with Flacco’s receivers than his offensive line, which couldn’t protect him or create holes for Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. That extra cap space allowed the team to sign Elvis Dumervil, whom I’m sure everyone is happy that the Ravens signed. Another candidate for the most overrated Raven would be Jamal Lewis – who everyone remembers for the 2000 yard season, but he struggled after that season, including in 2006. LINK
Last season, the Ravens had one of the best offensive lines in the league. This year, Clifton Brown thinks that it might be even better. With the entire line returning together, they should have even better chemistry with each other. While some have argued that the Ravens should keep both Yanda and Osemele, that scenario is highly unlikely. Cliff points out that this will likely be the last season that both of them play together. LINK
Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing discuss OTAs and who has stood out during them. They argue whether a deep pass to Perriman was a drop. Ryan seems to think that it was definitely a drop, while Garrett thinks that it was a ball that isn’t usually caught. Regardless, Perriman’s hands have been much better in OTAs than scouts would have had you think going into the draft. However, that comes with the caveat that there has been no threat of contact. LINK
Shawn Brubaker of Baltimore Sports and Life breaks down some UDFAs who could potentially make the roster. On a John Harbaugh-led team, undrafted free agents need to contribute on special teams. If you do so in a big way, that will be your best chance to make the roster. The three guys at whom Shawn takes a close look are WR DeAndre Carter of Sacramento State, C Nick Easton of Harvard, and S Nick Perry of Alabama. LINK
This article is from March, back before anyone knew where Breshad Perriman would go in the draft. Edward Gorelik of NFL Breakdowns does a great job going through Perriman’s strengths and weaknesses. When he takes a look at his hands, he mentions that they “need guidance.” Maybe the coaching staff has done that. As Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing mentioned, reports from camp are that Perriman’s hands look like a strength. Edward also looks at his route running, where he has a tendency to tip his hand, and his release, where he shows very good feet getting off the line of scrimmage. LINK