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  1. Random Ravens Thoughts: New Forum Edition

    On the topic of trades, if we do get past the next couple of weeks still looking like contenders, then I wonder if any consideration will be given to trading for a wide receiver. We may end up in a position where it seems like Boykin is still trying to find his feet in the NFL a bit and it may be asking too much of him to accelerate his development in his rookie year to coinicide with what we want to be a real playoff run. Two guys that stick out to me as potential trade targets are Emmanuel Sanders and AJ Green, both of whom are in their contract years and are playing on bad teams that may be willing to punt the season and play their young guys if they keep losing. In Green's case it may be trickier given he's in the division but if the Bengals are sitting at something like 0-4 or 1-5 and we make a good offer, they may just go for it. We could give our offense a big boost by bringing in a player like that midseason and get ourselves ready to compete in January, while still holding a spot for a more developed Boykin to step into a leading role in the offense next year if he develops. Worth considering.
  2. Random Ravens Thoughts: New Forum Edition

    I think we have a pretty good idea of who the Pats are and what they'll be this season, though obviously there are degrees to just how good they'll be depending on the AB situation, etc. The variance is much more on our end in terms of what kind of team we could end up being this year. A realistic best version of the Ravens this year could definitely challenge the Pats in a hypothetical playoff game, but there's a lot more work to be done to build towards that compared to the Pats who are basically already a fully realized juggernaut.
  3. Thing I find most interesting about this trade is how much of a vote of confidence this is for Rudolph. The Steelers seem to be saying they already think they have their QB of the future.
  4. Lamar Jackson QB1

    I think we'll see pretty quickly how good this offense adjusts. To me the optimal way to defend us in the passing game isn't really that complicated: its to get some interior pressure on Lamar (which KC is set up to do) and to double up Andrews and take away Lamar's safety blanket. That creates opportunities deeper downfield if it gets Hollywood in single coverage but pressure on the QB can disrupt the timing and stop those longer developing plays from happening under the right circumstances. We still have options when the play breaks down because of Lamar's legs but collapsing the play early makes those scrambles more difficult because the room to run hasn't necessarily been vacated yet by defenders turning to defend downfield. Snead and Hurst are the guys that are gonna need to step up if/when teams decide to dare Lamar to beat them in the air without leaning on Andrews - they'll need to win their matchups and Lamar will have to show consistency throwing towards the sidelines as opposed to up the seams where he's more comfortable. We're set up to deal with those issues for sure but we absolutely have bigger challenges coming up on that front.
  5. Lamar Jackson QB1

    I think you're outsmarting yourself/overthinking it on this one if you really think in a million years that the Pats and Belichek aren't a huge test or that they can't gameplan against us any better than Kliff Kingsbury and Vance Joseph did.
  6. Baker Mayfield vs Lamar Jackson

    After an entire offseason being told by Browns fans that Lamar Jackson was a glorified running back who would never improve based on 3 bad quarters against the Chargers, it sure is fun to learn now that 1 or 2 games is in fact NOT enough to judge a quarterback off of, and that whatever flaws they've shown recently can be corrected!
  7. Lamar Jackson QB1

    Think I'm in love guys don't tell my wife
  8. Random Ravens Thoughts: New Forum Edition

    It's early in the season so I suspect they'll look more dangerous even in a couple of weeks when we see them but man do I feel like I got hooked into the Baker Mayfield and Browns hype this offseason. He looked incredibly ordinary tonight and the only reason his stat line looks respectable is because Odell actually is that good and carried him just like he used to carry Eli. In any case, that's the competition we have for the division now and there's absolutely no excuse for being worse than them. We're better and it's basically up to Harbaugh and Lamar to see that through.
  9. Jalen Ramsey requests trade from Jaguars

    I would imagine the Ravens and Chiefs are both going to go after Ramsey pretty hard. New England might as well just to keep him away from the other two. Jacksonville will probably prefer to trade him to the NFC though - Rams, Packers, Cowboys maybe all interested?
  10. MNF: Browns @ Jets

    Someone is gonna have to explain to me how and why the Jets decided they needed to switch to XFL uniforms this year.
  11. Random Ravens Thoughts: New Forum Edition

    He's been a bit of a headcase so it would be a gamble but he's worth making a run at. Whether we're talking long term or short term, the road to a championship is gonna include going through Pat Mahomes (not to mention Brady for likely at least the next 2 years) and making a run at Jalen is the kind of move that maximizes our championship window during Lamar's rookie contract. I feel fairly confident our locker room and coaching staff can handle him and he's already spoken highly of Lamar in the past. If we're talking about giving up high draft capital for a corner like was being discussed with Fitzpatrick, my view is that we'd better be doing it for an All-Pro talent, and Ramsey is that.
  12. MNF: Browns @ Jets

    Rooting hard for Chris Smith tonight.
  13. NFL General Random Thoughts Thread

    Just pretend Baby Kelce Mark Andrews was the guy we got in the 1st round and deeply functional and unspectacular Hayden Hurst is who we got in the 3rd round like I do and it all feels a lot better.
  14. Lamar Jackson QB1

  15. Random Ravens Thoughts: New Forum Edition

    Man we really had some battles with Ben over the years. Hate the dude's guts which in a lot of ways made him the even more ideal villain/rival. Ravens/Steelers will be weird without him.