Friday, September 13, 2013
Chat Rewind: Revisiting Bobby Rainey
By Jamison Hensley
The first-ever Baltimore Ravens chat was held Wednesday. You missed it? Well, lucky for you, just click right here for the full transcript. Or you can continue reading for the highlights ...
Chris (MD): Do the Ravens regret cutting Bobby Rainey now that Jacoby Jones is out for awhile?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I was surprised that the Ravens cut Rainey. I thought it did enough in the preseason to earn a job. The Ravens would be in better shape in the return game with Rainey (who is now the Browns' kickoff returner), and they wouldn't have had to sign Shaun Draughn this week to return kickoffs. But the Ravens went with the players who could contribute on the coverage teams like Brynden Trawick and Anthony Levine.
B (Parkville): Huge Ravens fan. We looked pretty lousy last week. Talk me off the cliff.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Ravens were in a tough situation playing on the road against a team that wanted to exact revenge for the past eight months. Plus, the Ravens have new starters on defense and it will take time to get some chemistry. Playing Peyton Manning in warm weather was a tough draw for a secondary that clearly wasn't in sync. Hope that gets you to take a few steps backward.
Randy (Texas): How much improvement on the defense can we expect? Granted Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is not Peyton Manning, but what does this defense need to show in this game to quiet some questions about that unit?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The two keys for the Ravens defense is: Stop running back Trent Richardson and make sure tight end Jordan Cameron isn't running free. The Browns don't have the playmakers at wide receiver like the Broncos. If the Ravens secondary struggles against Cleveland, it's going to be time to worry about whether Baltimore can stop any passing attack.
Tony (Richmond, CA): Have you ever seen Dallas Clark look so pathetic on a football field? He looked like a deer-in-headlights rookie and not a veteran tight end in the league.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Clark has been a disappointment so far, but it's still early, Yes, he didn't show much in the preseason or Week 1. Last year with Tampa Bay, it took time for Clark to find his footing. He put up good numbers in his final six games there. The Ravens are going to give him a little time. Plus, because Clark is a vested veteran, the Ravens are going to have to pay him for the entire year whether he's on the team or cut.