With the Orioles still winning more games than not, I’m sure many Ravens fans haven’t realized exactly how close we are to training camp. Now that we’re in an offseason without labor strifes or Orioles Tragic, we’re not breaking down the Ravens roster in 100 different ways. But let’s do a quick and simple rundown of the 2012 Ravens.
The Good – Despite what Jaime Dukes, James Farrior, Skip Bayless, etc. say, Joe Flacco is a winner. He wins in come from behind situations, in blowout wins, against Top 10 defenses, on the road, in the playoffs, etc. He wins – period.
The Bad – Captain Checkdown finally has most, if not all the tools he needs. A veteran possession guy, a young burner, two reliable tight ends…AND THEN Ray Rice. No more excuses Joe, you can’t miss the open read as often as you used to.
The Ugly – This isn’t so much for Joe Flacco, but for Cam Cameron. Learn some combo routes, bro.
Backs and Receivers
The Good – As I mentioned earlier, this group is more complete than the organization has known for some time. Boldin is such a sure handed veteran, Torrey Smith has speed you can’t teach with improved route running, Pitta and Dickson are coming along with Flacco and Ray Rice is still the most explosive player on this roster. Also, Vonta Leach is a monster.
The Bad – If this group cuts their drops in half, Flacco may be a Pro Bowler.
The Ugly – The Ray Rice contract situation will end in him remaining franchised. If a camp holdout affects his performance on the field, the entire offense is in jeopardy.
The Good – The Ravens enter camp with more certainty of their offensive line depth chart than they have in some time.
The Bad – Fan favorite Ben Grubbs is off to NOLA, Matt Birk is another year older, this team may not have a sure depth chart after this season.
The Ugly – False Start…On the offense…Number 74….
Defensive Line/Pass Rush
The Good – When Haloti Ngata is your anchor, its hard to fear the performance of the Ravens defensive front in the trenches. Not to mention the potential of Courtney Upshaw.
The Bad – Time is running out on the Sergio Kindle project, I would’ve hoped for much more out of Kruger but he’s proven his worth on this roster – which kind of makes me hopeful for Kindle.
The Ugly – Sizzle’s achilles…and his Monday Night Football promos.
The Good – Ray Lewis
The Bad – is 37
The Ugly – and has no clear replacement in line.
The Good – Baltimore’s corners…wait…did I just say that? The same team that fielded Samari Rolle at the end of his career and Chris Mcallister at the end of the wagon. Webb is a pro bowler, Smith has a bright future, Cary Williams is solid and the Ravens secondary is fortified at the corners.
The Bad – Losing depth at safety with the departed Nakamura and Zbikowski puts a lot of pressure on Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed. One of which has had his neck surgically reconstructed all most every offseason for the last few years.
The Ugly – Like Rice, a contract dispute may jeopardize the performance of one of the Ravens’ brightest players.