Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Wake-up caw: Ravens cut error-prone rookie
By Jamison Hensley
If you spent some time on the party bus last night, I know you'll need a wake-up caw this morning ...
The Ravens were awarded Cincinnati Bengals safety Jeromy Miles off waivers and released error-prone rookie Brynden Trawick, The Baltimore Sun reported. Trawick accidentally ran into Jacoby Jones in the season opener and injured the Ravens' Pro Bowl returner. Last Sunday, he was flagged for a personal foul, which likely sealed his fate. Miles led the Bengals in special teams tackles in 2011 and finished second on the team last season.
The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston is concerned about the Ravens' offensive line. "Both tackles, Bryant McKinnie and Michael Oher, have struggled with speed rushers and might need help in double teams which would take away from the passing game," Preston wrote. "But overall, this offense will get better. Right now, don't get too carried away with the yards per game or the points." Next up for the Ravens is Buffalo, which ranks No. 28 in defense.
Clifton Brown from Comcast SportsNet believes the Ravens defense this year is better than the one last year. "Seriously, the Ravens are better on defense without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed? That’s right, I said it," Brown wrote. "Both are going to the Hall of Fame, but they weren’t playing at that level last season. The Ravens needed to get younger and faster on defense, and they did it." Like I wrote Sunday, it's too early to say this defense is back. But it is certainly coming together.
It looks like backup defensive tackle Terrence Cody won't play Sunday because of a left knee sprain. “I think it would be a stretch to expect him back this week,” Harbaugh said, via the team's official website. “We’re going to try. In all likelihood it will be after this week.” Running back Ray Rice (hip) and defensive lineman Chris Canty (groin) are likely questionable.