Ravens ’07 player reviews

January 04, 2008 | Drew Forrester

So, this was originally going to be my December 31, 11:59 pm blog.  A full, player-by-player review of the Ravens season…a la the Daily Racing Form from the horse racing industry.

Why didn’t I post it on December 31 as planned?  I changed my mind. 

Here it is…a few days late, but a complete review nonetheless.

2007 Baltimore Ravens

Steve McNair — trouble in the paddock…off slowly…no real effort…eased.

Kyle Boller – handled well early…showed signs of life…faded late…

Troy Smith – waited for his chance…showed signs of life in the stretch…

Willis McGahee – game from start to finish…looked eager to do more…better than most.

Musa Smith – surprisingly active throughout…delivered more when asked…strong finish.

Derrick Mason – bolted out of the gate and worked hard ‘till the end…unafraid…

Demetrius Williams – offered little early…stumbled…pulled up at the halfway pole…

Mark Clayton – looked disinterested…settled in and didn’t fight…showed little…

Devard Darling – stayed back…made a daring move late…could be a threat?

Todd Heap – bumped early…threw a shoe…shut-down…

Quinn Sypniewski – better than most thought…got in the mix and looked to compete…

Dan Wilcox – slow start…worked through traffic and battled, but minimal offering…

Jon Ogden – couldn’t get going early…jumped in later and looked the part…

Jason Brown – solid showing…clearly held his own throughout…wanted to stand-out.

Mike Flynn – gave a good effort but didn’t have the firepower to compete the whole way.

Ben Grubbs – looked out of place at times…showed good signs…better in the end…

Adam Terry wobbly at the start…never got settled…an afterthought almost…

Marshal Yanda – stuck his head out early and showed promise…wanted to win…

Trevor Pryce – bad step out of the gate…fell way behind…never a factor…

Justin Bannan – surprising…improved throughout…still going strong at the end…

Dwan Edwards – showed signs when pressed…needs to stay at that pace all the time…

Kelly Gregg – left the gate hungry…feasted on the others…surged down the stretch…

Haloti Ngata – got in tight and fought off everyone…head of the class…powerful…

Jarrett Johnson – raced gamely…not the best in the field, but one of the toughest…

Terrell Suggs – in and out, hungry and not…let others pass him…needs to give more.

Bart Scott – sluggish from the outset…never showed signs of life…unimpressive

Ray Lewis – fierce as always…still wants to run…might need blinkers…

Chris McAlister – raced to the lead early…nicked, stumbled and pulled up…

Samari Rolle – gave it his all but wasn’t at his best…lots of energy…

Ed Reed – not many better…steady throughout…always looks like he could win.

David Pittman – couldn’t compete…seemed out of his league…

Corey Ivy – pressed into action and tried to respond…decent offering…

Derek Martin – unable to shine…middle of the pack type at best…

Matt Stover – reliable pace-setter…knows how to get it done…always a threat…

Brian Billick – nice effort early…couldn’t keep up the pace…put down at the end of the race…

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