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Lewis, The Godfather Of Inside Linebackers
Considering the physical demand at the position, there’s no way a 35-year-old should top “best inside linebacker” lists anymore.
The decade-younger Patrick Willis of the 49ers has been the trendy pick as of late, while many are saying the Ravens’ Ray Lewis has lost a step.
At the end of his tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals, Graham developed a reputation for not being clutch and, assuming he beats out Billy Cundiff for the job, he’ll kick twice against his former team and may have the chance to kick one that beats them this year.
Clayton’s Take On Grubbs: The AFC guard spot is wide open as far as the Pro Bowl is concerned. Nine-time AFC Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca was cut and moved to the Arizona Cardinals. Patriots guard Logan Mankins could be a holdout because he’s not happy with his contract offer. That puts San Diego Chargers three-time Pro Bowler Kris Dielman at the head of the class and moves everybody else up. Grubbs was a first alternate last season and the Ravens’ line projects to be even better with Michael Oher moving to left tackle.
Clayton’s Take On Flacco: OK, I’m going to again put myself in the line of fire for putting Flacco among the elite quarterbacks in the league. Calm down and follow my logic for a second. The Ravens have a great chance of winning the AFC North this year, which would be Flacco’s third playoff run. Plus, other quarterbacks might pull out. Don’t forget, the three quarterbacks who played for the AFC in last season’s Pro Bowl were Matt Schaub, Vince Young and David Garrard. Flacco could win that race.
Can receiver Anquan Boldin help the Ravens get over the hump against teams like the high-powered Indianapolis Colts? Not if he can’t stay healthy, says Walker. It’s been four years since the receiver played a full 16-game season.
jamisonhensley (Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley): Bulger made a strong first impression. Seemed like he’ll do anything to help the #Ravens win. Could be excellent sounding board for Flacco.
What’s the Ravens’ biggest concern? It’s beginning to sound like a broken record – the secondary. Yes, but it’s more specific than that, says Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar. The real problem is a defensive aversion to shotgun offenses. This one is a great read.