What they're saying about the Ravens

Media roundup

May 25, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Here's a look at what other media are saying about the Ravens:

• ESPN.com's James Walker thinks Ravens fullback LeRon McClain is partially right in asking for more carries next season.

McClain is correct in believing he deserves more than 46 carries next season. It was a 186-carry drop off from 2008 when he led the Ravens in rushing with 232 carries for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns. The stiff decline in opportunities is probably what triggered this campaign, and I understand McClain's desire for consistency.

• Walker answered a question in his mailbag on whether new Ravens wide receivers Donte' Stallworth and Anquan Boldin will "last" this season.

That's a legitimate concern, RJ, because there is a history of injuries with both players. Boldin hasn't played in all 16 games since 2006, and Stallworth hasn't played a 16-game season since 2007. Boldin's situation is obviously a bigger concern because he is a starter and is expected to play a major role in the offense. Boldin did play in 15 games last year for the Arizona Cardinals, so maybe that's a good sign. But there's no way to forecast injuries.

• The Boston Globe's Albert Breer this week profiled Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta, a Taunton, Mass., native who said he's happy to stay in Baltimore.

There's a decent chance that DeCosta could have really had all of it in January. When the Seahawks cleaned house, he was one of the first people to get a phone call.

But with the Ravens in the playoffs, and his plate full, the timing seemed wrong, so he turned down an interview there. That doesn't mean DeCosta's goal of becoming a GM has changed at all.

• OpenSports.com's fantasy preview for the Ravens looks at the team's many new offensive weapons.

Coach John Harbaugh has done a nice job in two seasons, going 20-12 while starting out with a rookie QB. Flacco has now matured and the Ravens have acquired Boldin. The Ravens were already solid on offense with 24.4 ppg in 2009, good for ninth in the NFL. Add Boldin into that mix and the Ravens might be one of the top offensive squads in the AFC. Fantasy owners might still be a bit cool on Flacco, but many of their skill position players are likely to fly off the draft board earlier than we've been used to seeing in years past.

• The National Football Post reports that Stallworth is off to a fast start with the Ravens.

Signed to a one-year, $900,000 contract this offseason, Stallworth has displayed sound hands during minicamps and has injected a deep threat into the Ravens' receiving corps.

[Compiled by Matt Berger]

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