Ravens fans may have a hard time watching the NFL playoffs, lamenting that their favorite team is watching at home. However, a host of former Ravens are on playoff teams, and here are five of the most prominent:
Anquan Boldin, WR, Lions
When the Ravens parted with Boldin after winning the Super Bowl four years ago, I thought it was a mistake. I still do. Boldin had eight touchdown catches for the Lions this season at age 36, and his leadership and toughness have brought intangibles the Lions needed after Calvin Johnson retired.
Devin Hester, returner, Seahawks
If Hester breaks a long one for the Seahawks during the playoffs, it will surely drive Ravens’ fans nuts. Hester didn’t look like he had much left this season before the Ravens cut him. But the Seahawks gave Hester a chance for redemption.
Haloti Ngata, DT, Lions
Not the dominant player he once was, when he made five Pro Bowls with the Ravens. However, the Lions were hoping Ngata could find a fountain of youth and help them pull off an upset in Seattle.
Kelechi Osemele, LG, Raiders
Named to his first Pro Bowl this season, Osemele has solidified his standing as one of the league’s top offensive lineman. The Ravens couldn’t afford the five-year, $60 million deal that “K.O.” signed with the Raiders during free agency. But imagine if the Ravens had an offensive line that featured Osemele, Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda, and stud rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley. Sorry, didn’t mean to upset you.
John Simon, OLB, Texans
A bust with the Ravens as a 2013 fourth-round pick, Simon has found his groove with the Texans with 8½ sacks for the Texans of the past two seasons. The Ravens could use Simon now, with Terrell Suggs turning 35 years old in October, and Elvis Dumervil a possible salary cap casualty.