Late For Work 9/16: The Photo Everyone’s Talking About

Plus, Baskett is released, power rankings, and Chargers’ health concerns.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 9:09 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison
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Terrell Suggs does his best Peter Pan impersonation. Or he was trying to screw up the offense's group shot.

Terrell Suggs does his best Peter Pan impersonation ... or he was trying to screw up the offense's group shot.

The Ravens took team photographs on Monday and our New Media Assistant, Ryan Mink, was able get a few behind-the-scenes pics posted on Facebook. Not only is this T-Sizzle photo the buzz of the Ravens’ Facebook page, but I’ve seen it resurface on message boards. Team photographer Phil Hoffmann was trying to get an offensive team shot. But just as he was telling everyone to smile, Suggs came running, or leaping, on the scene just in time to spoil the snap.  Clearly, Suggs wants to be considered for next season’s Dancing with the Stars.

According to the Eagles’ team website, QB Michael Vick was removed from the Exempt List and added to the 53-man roster after Philadelphia released wide receiver Hank Baskett. Baskett joined the Eagles as a rookie free agent in 2006 and caught 72 passes for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns during his two years in Philadelphia. It was interesting to read the Eagles’ fans reaction to Baskett’s release from the team; most seemed disappointed by the move. Meanwhile, wide receiver talk continues to be a hot topic in Baltimore.

Should the Ravens consider signing Baskett to the squad?  He had decent production for the Eagles, but where would he fit in among Kelley Washington, Demetrius Williams and even Troy Smith? With a limit of 45 players who can dress each Sunday, the former Eagle would have to contribute on special teams.  Speaking of wide receivers on the market…

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting David Tyree was among four wide receivers to visit Rams Park for a work out.  According to Thomas’ report, the Super Bowl XLII hero “didn’t run very well.”  The last time Ravens fans heard any news regarding Tyree was when he “aced” his workout in Baltimore, but that the team would “take it slow” regarding the former New York Giant. One would think if the Ravens were going to sign him it may have happened by now. I guess we will know for sure over the next couple of days.

Power rankings, power rankings, power rankings. Here is how Baltimore stacked up:

ESPN: No. 10
FOX Sports: No. 11
CBS Sports: No.11

It seems analysts were surprised by Joe Flacco’s offensive production, but they were equally surprised to see the game tied at 24 in the fourth quarter against an opponent that finished with a 2-14 record in 2008. Even if Baltimore were to beat the Chargers this weekend, I wouldn’t expect a big jump in ranks as San Diego is only one or two spots above and below the Ravens in many of these lists.

In an NFL chat with fans, former Ravens head coach Brian Billick said QB Joe Flacco looked “brilliant” in the win over Kansas City.  I always find it interesting to hear former coaches’ opinions about the Ravens. If you do too, here’s what else Billick had to say:

“For the most part, the Ravens were dominant in every aspect of the game, but any time you get a punt blocked for a score and have an INT nearly returned for a score, it will certainly balance the equation, no matter how dominant a team may be. I think Ravens fans have to take heart that their team can win in spite of those miscues and that Flacco, when asked to, could put the team on his back and lead them to a win.”

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune says that Monday’s ankle injury to LaDainian Tomlinson is just the start of the Chargers’ health concerns. Center Nick Hardwick’s ankle and right guard Louis Vasquez’s knee could prevent them from playing on Sunday. If LT can’t suit up against the Ravens, Darren Sproles has proven he can be a starting-caliber running back. But how effective will he be with a banged up offensive line protecting him from the likes of Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg?

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