Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wake-up Caw: History is against Hanie
By Jamison Hensley
It's the final preseason game Thursday night, and that traditionally means the starters will be spectators. Don't expect Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Terrell Suggs or Haloti Ngata to break a sweat in St. Louis. Here's a roundup of what others are writing on the Baltimore Ravens beat in your Wake-up Caw ...
Third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie is going to use his most extensive playing time of the preseason to try to convince the Ravens to keep him on the final roster, the six-year veteran told the team's website. But it could be an uphill battle considering the Ravens have kept two quarterbacks the past three seasons. The last time the Ravens carried three quarterbacks was 2009, when they had Flacco, Troy Smith and John Beck. The Ravens would have to consider keeping three quarterbacks if backup Tyrod Taylor (head injury) isn't cleared to play for the opener. Hanie has completed 2 of 5 passes this preseason for 10 yards.
Defensive lineman Chris Canty, a free-agent addition this offseason, is as good as advertised, The Baltimore Sun writes. "There's nothing that he doesn't bring to the table every day," coach John Harbaugh said. "As a player, person, leader, he's got it all. He's been a great addition for us."
This is no surprise: Inside linebacker Daryl Smith has been the Ravens' highest-graded defensive player, according to Pro Football Focus. Here's a story on Smith at Comcast SportsNet.
The Press Box features eight players on the Ravens' roster bubble.
Life is good when you're the reigning Super Bowl champs. The Ravens brought on nearly a dozen new sponsors for this season, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. The most surprising addition? Cover Girl.