WESTMINSTER, Md. —I will file a piece for NFL.com on the Ravens (see below), and we’re doing a Derrick Mason story for NFL Total Access, but I wanted to share a few quick things here on the blog before jumping back into those projects.
The big news here was that Pro Bowl LB Terrell Suggs is in a walking cast with an ankle injury, but both Suggs and coach John Harbaugh said the injury is not severe and the Ravens expect him back soon. Second-round pick Paul Kruger worked in Suggs’ place with the first team.
I think the Ravens’ biggest strengths could be at the line of scrimmage. They have a young offensive line that could be really special, and that defensive line is as deep as any, especially with Kelly Gregg and Dwan Edwards back from serious injury and looking good.
Joe Flacco‘s touch was pristine on a few deep sideline lobs. The kid has a big arm and the lack of a proven burner to stretch defenses is one flaw in this roster. If they had a home-run hitter to compliment Flacco they could have won at least one of those Pittsburgh games last season, which might have been enough to get them to the Super Bowl.
Okay, gonna get cracking on these other stories, and will also post on some other NFL news later in the day.
The Ravens could be hiring Al Saunders as a full-time consultant on offense, according to league sources. Saunders, who was St. Louis’ offensive coordinator last season, and worked for Washington and Kansas City most recently before that, has been meeting with team officials. The Ravens say no final decision has been made.
Ray Lewis is always fired up. He was jawing with the offense something fierce during goal-line drills. A lot of heavy hitting going on there.