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August 12, 2011Posted by on
Last night the Ravens offense was downright ugly. The offensive line and the wide receivers units had especially bad performances which short circuited any promising drives for the Ravens starting with the first stringers and continuing throughout the game with the third string units.
Rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith had a tough night. At times he broke open behind the Eagles defense flashing the speed that helped him get drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL draft, but for most of the rest of the game he seemed lost/confused. On on play he stumbled coming out of his break which caused an interception. He has only practiced with the Ravens for two weeks, so he’s probably still thinking out there instead of reacting. In response the Ravens traded for wide receiver Lee Evans, who adds the speed element the team needed with the veteran experience that should help settle the offense.
The offensive line in general and in particular veteran backup O’Neil Cousins also had a rough nights for the Ravens in the loss to the Eagles. At the start of camp Cousins had initially been tabbed as the starter at right tackle while the coaches continue to evaluate rookie Jah Reid. Couple that with Michael Oher still looking shakey at left tackle, and it could spell disaster for the Ravens. They should consider brining in a proven vet tackle to at least to solidify one side of the line so that they can provide TE/RB blocking help to the tackle on the other side. Bryant Mckinnie who was cut by the Vikings comes to mind, but the Ravens may be waiting until camp ends to see who gets cut.