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  1. Random Ravens Thoughts: New Forum Edition

    Cleveland fans are basically Boston fans without the success. Constantly demanding everyone congratulate and pay attention to them for rooting for a crappy team, and now just completely losing their minds over being the offseason hypbeasts. It's funny because the rest of the NFL fan world seems to find them lovable and adorable but basically anyone who has ever actually had to deal with them knows better.
  2. OTA Observations 2019

    Nobody looks better in shorts than Chris Moore.
  3. 2018/19 Europe Thread - It begins again

    Whole situation with the Europa final and Mikhi is just completely disgraceful. Stuff like this is why my interest has waned this past year in the sport, the level of greed and corruption is just on a completely different scale it feels like.
  4. Who is poised to be your teams breakout player?

    Mark Andrews was a pretty exciting playmaker as a rookie at a position where rookies rarely produce. I have really high hopes for him and I think he's going to establish himself as one of the best receiving tight ends in the league in the coming year. Even though our passing volume isn't likely to be huge, he's going to have the opportunity given the fact that our receivers are all JAGS or rookies and Lamar likes working the middle of the field with his tight ends. I expect to see us use a lot of multiple TE sets with Hurst lined up inside and Andrews splitting out wide where he can be a matchup nightmare given his size and speed and I can see him becoming our de-factor #1 receiving option. On defense, we got younger and more athletic this offseason so there are going to be a lot of opportunities for guys to break out given the big-name departures. If I had to pick out one guy it'd be Peanut Onwausor, he came on really strong at the end of last season as a playmaker and is ready to jump into a bigger role on defense with Mosley leaving. ILB is a position we've traditionally developed really well at and I suspect Peanut is going to the latest in that assembly line of Pro Bowlers. Other guys to consider: Lamar Jackson if you count him, I don't think he's going to be elite or anything but he's going to make bigger strides as a passer than most are expecting. Tim Williams has shown flashes so far and is going to have every opportunity to break out as a pass rusher this year; maybe they'll both suck but I feel like one of him or Tyus Bowser is bound to take advantage of the chance they'r getting. Marlon Humphrey is already a star so he's not exactly a breakout candidate but another year like he had last year might have people finally talking about him in the elite circles that he already belongs.
  5. 2019 Rookie Talk

    The more I look into him the more I'm excited about Justice Hill. Love the fact that he he's coming from that Big XII spread offense world and knows how to run out of the shotgun. I could see him and Lamar forming a devastating read-option combo, and really use his speed to pop off against defenses tired from chasing Lamar and absorbing the physicality Ingram and Gus offer. If we're gonna have a guy in the OROY hunt I think it's gonna be him as a Kamara-lite, particularly since we're probably gonna bring Hollywood along a little slowly coming off of injury.
  6. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    I like the Ray signing a lot. He's a young guy with a lot of talent who has flashed that talent in the league before, even if it's a couple of years removed at this point. Gotta think that as a reclamation project he's the kind of guy Wink has the potential to turn around - and if it doesn't work out that's fine too. I think in the end only one of McPhee and Ray will make the team but having them in the room during training camp is going to help push Bowser and Williams to earn their stripes.
  7. The Official 2019 NBA Draft Lottery Thread!!!

    The Hawks would be unbelievably fun to watch if they get Zion... if it's not New York or Washington then I'm hoping they win it. Anybody but Cleveland though tbh.
  8. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Draft Thread

    Yeah I don't know where anyone got the idea we were in on Savage when there were clearly more obvious fits for us on the board around there. I do think us trading down could have been impacted by Green Bay moving up but not in the way they think. My guess is that the 3 guys we were eyeing the hardest in Round 1 as the board was shaping up the way it was were Hollywood, Montez Sweat, and Josh Jacobs - that's mostly a hunch but just based off of how our draft actually played out and an understanding of what we saw as our needs, I think it's reasonable. And once Green Bay traded up to grab a guy we didn't really want/need, we felt pretty confident that we could move 4 spots down and still get one of our top targets (hell, maybe Philly told us they were taking Dillard). In that scenario even if the worst happens and they are the next 3 picks off the board, we can still grab whichever O-linemen we had rated highest among Dillard, Ford, and Taylor, which we know was also a big interest for us given we considered trying to move up into round 2 for Ford.
  9. I'm stoked. Him and Lamar are gonna do great things together.
  10. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Draft Thread

    We Oklahoma now
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  12. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Draft Thread

    Cmon stop trying to be cute and just grab Hollywood here.
  13. NFL General Random Thoughts Thread

    So the Jets are now going for 'faux-throwback Eagles jerseys' as their look?
  14. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    We can play with the language however you want but our receiving core is bad and needs reinforcements, and that's just the truth. As for the rest, all I'm gonna say is that there's a difference between having a strength at a position and building towards redundancy. dWe shouldn't fall into the same trap non-Ravens fans are falling into with Lamar in assuming that as a passer he's not capable of improvement and that he's just gonna be who he was as a rookie and stick with safe passes in between the numbers. We're gonna need more than a bunch of JAGS at the wideout position and it'd do a world of good for both the offense and for Lamar's growth to have something resembling a #1 receiver to work with. With or without Hurst, TE's are gonna be a big part of this offense, as Andrews already looks like a more dynamic pass-catching threat and we didn't just give Boyle $5 million a year to not play. Now that doesn't mean that there won't be room for Hurst as well but he also hasn't done anything to suggest he's a cornerstone in this offense yet, and the 1st round investment is a sunk cost at this point. So yeah, if we have an opportunity to make a move for players of real quality, it's worth exploring the options there.
  15. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    Because all of our wide receivers suck and we have 3 startable tight ends? Now it doesn't really look like there are wideouts on the trade market that would warrant pooling real assets to make a run at right now but if there were I'd hope we'd be looking at creative ways to pursue them.