Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Wake-up caw: Ravens stand pat at deadline
By Jamison Hensley
A day after coach John Harbaugh made no comment on the possibility of a trade, the Baltimore Ravens made no move on Tuesday's deadline. The Ravens followed suit with most of the league, which saw just two teams make a deal: The Philadelphia Eagles sent defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth-round pick to New England in exchange for the Patriots' fifth-round pick.
But Baltimore has been active in the trade market this year. As The Baltimore Sun and the team's official website pointed out, the Ravens already made three deals since the draft: trading for offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (fourth- and fifth-round picks) and center/guard A.Q. Shipley (seventh-round pick) and trading offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (conditional late-round pick).
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John Eisenberg, of the team's official website, sees creating more turnovers as one of the keys to the second half of the season. "Although the Ravens defense has been pretty solid, it has not been opportunistic, forcing just nine turnovers in seven games," Eisenberg wrote. "The secondary has just four interceptions despite being supported by one of the league’s best pass rushes. Only seven other teams have fewer overall takeaways." The Ravens are on pace to force 20 turnovers this season, or five fewer than their total in last year's championship season.
The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel made an interesting comparison between Anquan Boldin and Tandon Doss. Over the past four games, Boldin has 14 catches for 179 yards receiving and Doss has 13 receptions for 239 yards. There is another similarity -- the Ravens had parted ways with both Boldin and Doss before the season. But Baltimore re-signed Doss after Jacoby Jones injured his knee in the season opener.
Clifton Brown, of Comcast SportsNet, points out that the Browns have a new quarterback (Jason Campbell), running back (Willis McGahee) and punt returner (Davone Bess) since the Ravens faced them seven weeks ago. "It would not be surprising to see another defensive battle Sunday," Brown wrote. "The Browns have an outstanding nose tackle in Phil Taylor, Joe Haden is one of the league’s best corners, and the Browns rank seventh overall in total defense."
Left tackle Eugene Monroe is feeling comfortable now after playing two games for the Ravens. "I've had enough time to learn what I need to," he told the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. "Every now and then, there may be something that in the archives I need to dig up, but I'm good." Monroe has received a positive grade from Pro Football Focus in his two starts with the Ravens.
The Ravens have $1.645 million in salary-cap space after signing veteran running back Bernard Scott, according to The Baltimore Sun.