Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who said he could do better as a receiver than the guys his Jets team was running out there, is getting a chance to play some offense and prove it. That raises the question about using defensive players on offense: Which of the Ravens would
you plug in -- and where?
Ed Reed: First of all, Reed would have to agree to stop with that lateraling stuff. We've seen enough of him darting around a broken field on interception or punt returns -- when he keeps the ball -- to know the safety would be best operating, as the commentators like to say, "in space." We're thinking a pass-catching running back who gets the ball in the flat and then jukes his way past defenders.
Haloti Ngata: Fullback, of course.
Terrence Cody: The defensive tackle has shown notable agility for a man of his bulk, so we'd like to see him as an active guard who can quickly pick up blitzers, get to the outside to kick out defenders and hunt down linebackers before they can pursue.
Lardarius Webb: He's got the speed and the hands to be a wide-out. And he would know how to deal with those pesky cornerbacks in press coverage.
Ray Lewis: The first inclination is to think of him as a hard-running back who gets tough yards between the tackles. But we'll go with tight end, even though he's vertically challenged for the position in today's NFL. Lewis has shown soft hands when he can get to the ball, and though you couldn't send him deep, he'd have the physicality to ward off any safety and the quickness to get away from most linebackers.
Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.
1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning.
2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”
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Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.
The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.
“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”
Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.
“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”
Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.
The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.
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