2017 Baltimore Ravens

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  1. RTTAS

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    A slight uptick of 6 to 8 starters for the Ravens this year, with two star caste-busters at running back and free safety. Danny Woodhead missed most of 2016 with a torn ACL (14 1/2 out of 16 games), but was averaging 6.1 yards per carry on 19 carries prior to that, plus 6 catches. Woodhead is listed as second-string behind the mediocre Terrance West, but I'd count him as starter due to most likely taking the bulk of passing downs, and the Ravens had the most pass attempts in the league last season. If Woodhead can stay healthy I'm sure he can be a really effective player in this Ravens offense.

    Eric Weddle, meanwhile, continued his fantastic career as arguably the best safety in the league, with Pro Football Focus naming him the 10th best player in the NFL for 2016 - in fact, the Ravens had two top 10 players - the other being Marshal Yanda at 7th. The only other played Baltimore had in the top 100 was Justin Tucker, the league's best kicker, at 97th. You'd think that the ravens, and other teams, would see this obvious link between white players and success, but I guess not.

    Other starters include the inexperienced TE Nick Boyle and DE Brent Urban, and three on the OL. Michael Campanaro is still serving his racial apprenticeship as a WR buried in the depth chart, but he will be featuring heavily as a returner. Interestingly, Campanaro didn't have a catch in 2016 - but he did have three rushes for 72 yards, all for first downs and two of 20+ yards.

    QB: Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett
    RB: Danny Woodhead
    WR: Michael Campanaro (also starting PR and second KR)
    TE: Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams
    OL: James Hurst, Ryan Jensen, Marshall Yanda, Tony Bergstrom, Luke Bowanko

    DL: Brent Urban, Patrick Ricard
    FS: Eric Weddle

    Special Teams: K Justin Tucker, P Sam Koch, LS Morgan Cox
    Practice Squad: TE Ryan Malleck, C Matt Skura

    Starters: 8
    On 53-man roster: 17

    It's a shame that this team has five fantasic white players (Flacco, Woodhead, Yanda, Weddle, and Tucker), because, for the most part, the rest of this team blows - very few effective black starters. But on the basis of supporting those five star players, the ravens will usually be a team to support.
     
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  2. Leonardfan

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    Don't forget DE Patrick Ricard!
     
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    Thanks, must have missed his name reading the depth chart. Will edit OP
     
  4. Riggins44

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    Great write-up. Very insightful.
     
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  5. Leonardfan

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    Kudos to Flacco for some out-of-the-box thinking with using Mike Campanaro to replace Woodhead while he is injured:

    Joe Flacco mentioned Michael Campanaro as someone who could step up and fill the void created by Danny Woodhead.

    "Campanaro is one of those quick little guys that can do stuff on the side," Flacco said. It's an out-of-the-box suggestion, but the quarterback would seem to have a good idea of the team's thought process. Campanaro is a 5'9/191 slot receiver who has struggled to get on the field since being a 2014 seventh-rounder. The Ravens clearly like him since they've kept Campanaro around this long as a punt returner and part-time receiver. He has a similar build to 5'8/201 Woodhead and played running back in high school. Buck Allen is the favorite, but he was a 2016 outsider. Campanaro could very easily get increased looks.
     
  6. celticdb15

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    Campanaro has NFL potential, one of my favorite WRs for '14 class. Quick, good route runner, good hands, you know everything the league is supposed to covet. He's been his own worst own enemy as he can't shake the injury bug. If he can stay healthy he's yet another "undersized " pale face that will be giving affletic secondaries fits.
     
  7. Leonardfan

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    I'd love to see him line up more in the backfield somewhat similar to what the Packers have done with Montgomery.
     
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