Late For Work 8/20: Call It A Comeback Poll

Plus ESPN’s one-liners from Ravens camp and a dose of Ray Lewis coverage.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, August 20th, 2010 at 9:25 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

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Call It A Comeback Poll

Don’t call it a comeback (ahh-ah-ah-ahh), LL Cool J. Or in this case…you might want to.

While perusing cornerback Fabian Washington’s Twitter account, I saw a random tweet from writer Steve O’Reilly calling Washington’s attention to a blog he had written for the lesser-known

“Did you see this guy put you in as a potential Comeback Player of the Year winner?? WOW, get your picks up,” O’Reilly tweeted.

Washington was named along with Wes Welker, Mike Williams, Ronnie Brown, Clinton Portis, Brian Urlacher, Kris Jenkins and Troy Polamalu as the candidates for his comeback player list, noting the Ravens cornerback’s performance would be a key to the team’s 2010 season.

“Believe dat,” Washington replied to O’Reilly’s post.

Who will be the Ravens' Comeback Player of the Year?

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Continuing on with my internet browsing to The Baltimore Sun, I saw that Jamison Hensley declared tight end Todd Heap as the Ravens’ best comeback.

“Heap has looked like the tight end from 2006, leaping in traffic to grab catches,” Hensley said. “Maybe it’s the fact that he’s healthy. Or maybe he is showing that the Ravens don’t need to replace him with younger tight ends just yet.”

It got me thinking of other Ravens players who could be in line for Comeback Player of the Year Awards.

In addition to Washington and Heap, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, receiver Donte’ Stallworth and cornerback Lardarius Webb are potential candidates.

Coming off a career-low 4 1/2 sack campaign, Suggs returned to camp about 20 pounds lighter, in peak condition and is ready to get after opposing quarterbacks. Stallworth didn’t play in 2009 after being suspended by the league and, like Washington, Webb is returning from a season-ending knee injury and offseason surgery. Of course, his comeback is dependent upon coming off the physically unable to perform list – a move that appears to be “very close.”

Take the poll. Who will be Baltimore’s Comeback Player of the Year?

Here are a few honorable mentions: defensive tackle Cory Redding (decreased production and increased injuries over three seasons), Haruki Nakamura (season-ending ankle injury), fullback Le’Ron McClain (McClain 4 RB campaign).

Walker One-Liners

ESPN’s James Walker had his stay in Westminster, Md. and now he’s writing about it. His Ravens Camp Confidential is front and center on the ESPN NFL homepage.

Here are a few of Walker’s one-liners:

  • On paper, this is perhaps the best collection of talent in Baltimore since the team’s inception in 1996.
  • There is no reason to believe Flacco will not make the jump this year from a good to great quarterback.
  • Here is a fact Ravens fans often ignore: At least two division rivals currently have Baltimore’s number.
  • The Ravens are not panicking over safety Ed Reed’s offseason hip surgery, because Tom Zbikowski is having the best training camp of his career.
  • Jared Gaither’s offseason has been a disaster.
  • Switching Paul Kruger to full-time defensive end and adding bulk is already paying dividends.
  • Baltimore believes Webb could eventually develop into the team’s best cornerback.
  • I would be surprised if Baltimore doesn’t improve its pass rush this season.

I Miss Ray Lewis Coverage

With all the dramarama surrounding the cornerback corps, linebacker Ray Lewis has quietly been doing his thang. “Quiet” and “Lewis” in the same sentence seems like an oxymoron. I’ll rephrase. He hasn’t been dominating headlines.

So, here is a YouTube reminder of how his “quiet” offseasons pay off when the Ravens take the field. By the way, have you heard his new Christian/Gospel / Hip Hop album yet? Thoughts?

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