Chat with Jamison Hensley
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN NFL Nation Baltimore Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley stops by to chat and answer all of your Ravens questions.
Hensley joined ESPN.com in 2011 after covering the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun for 11 years. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son.
Send your questions now and join Hensley Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:00 PM)
Thanks for stopping by for the chat. I'm sure you're just trying to figure out what to do for the next six hours until the schedule is released. Looks like we have a lot of questions, so let's get to them.
Ed (Queens Village)
Best offensive player in Ravens history?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:00 PM)
Jonathan Ogden. This can't be a trick question, right?
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Jamison - What are the chances of Arthur Brown getting the starting job at Linebacker for the Ravens. Daryl Smith & Jameel McClain got a majority of the starts last year and Baltimore has recently met with CJ Mosley, do you see him starting in 2014 ?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:02 PM)
At this point, the Ravens are banking on Arthur Brown to start alongside Daryl Smith at inside linebacker. He was a second-round pick from last year who got on the field in passing situations. The hope is he can go from being a role player to an every-down one. Of course, if the Ravens draft Mosley, that would change. Mosley can be an immediate impact player.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Jamison - If you have to venture a guess, would you like to open up the 2014 season, at home with a Cincinnati or Pittsburgh or on the road at New Orleans, Cincinnati or Pittsburgh ?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:03 PM)
Judging by the Orioles schedule (Ravens and baseball team can't play at home on same day), it's going to be a home opener for the Ravens. It wouldn't surprise me if it's the Steelers. But I tend to like to see the first game of that rivalry played a few weeks into the season. There's already enough hype around the opener.
Ryan (McSherrystown, PA)
What would be the reasoning behind having AJ McCaron in for a visit? The odds of us drafting him in Rd 1 are 0% and the odds of him being available in Rd 2 are probably 10% at best.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:06 PM)
I haven't seen McCarron being touted as a first or second round pick. Kiper and McShay both don't have him in the first two rounds of either of their latest mocks. His lack of arm strength could push him later into the draft than you might think. That's why the Ravens are doing their homework on him.
On paper, who is the better team right now? The Ravens or Steelers?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:07 PM)
Ravens, but not by much. There are a lot of question marks about the Steelers defense, which is typically among the NFL's best.
Greg(MD) [via mobile]
What's the difference between Asa,Chykie,and a rookie corner? In my opinion all three of them would have to go against quality QBs and a rookie would get beaten frequently.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:09 PM)
Chykie Brown is a physical corner with some experience, and Asa Jackson is more agile with little experience on defense. But both have limited ceilings. If you draft a corner in the second or third rounds, you're getting a defender with a lot more upside.
Assuming that players like Lewan, Martin, Ebron and Clinton-Dix are gone by pick 17, do you see the Ravens trading back to get a better value pick like Pryor in the 20s?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:12 PM)
The problem is, you're going to need a team that wants to trade up. Maybe a team is looking at a quarterback or outside linebacker, two positions the Ravens aren't going to be drafting high, and is willing to move up. I still think the Ravens are going to stay put because there will be some prospect at No. 17 who will help the Ravens.
Which safety prospect do you like more for the ravens if we had the option of Pryor or Ward..... I like Ward better than Ha Ha in our defense
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:14 PM)
In terms of value, the best safety will be Washington State's Deone Bucannon. He is going to taken in the second round, and he has the potential to be just as good as Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor and Jimmie Ward.
Hey Jamison, Do you think that the Ravens will get a prospect like Terrence West? and Do you think we get a lot of value to fill in our needs throught draft or Via Cuts from other teams
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:15 PM)
The Ravens are going to start looking at running backs in the third round. Terrance West of Towson will be in the discussion, especially if he is there at the bottom of the fourth round, where the Ravens have two compensatory picks.
Frank (La Marque,Tx)
Does the lack of depth concern you in the secondary? I feel that will be a weakness this year.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:16 PM)
I agree that the secondary is thin right now. Everyone focuses on not having a legitimate free safety, but the loss of cornerback Corey Graham can't be overlooked. I haven't seen enough out of Chykie Brown or Asa Jackson to say they can handle the No. 3 cornerback spot.
with the opponents we already know , what is your W-L projection for this year? at least 9-7 right?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:17 PM)
ESPN will post predictions later tonight. I prefer to make predictions closer to the season, when you have a better feel for the team.
Michael (Maryland) [via mobile]
Hi Jameson, I've noticed many mock drafts link the Ravens to drafting a safety in the first round. I agree its a need but its not ideal to start a rookie at free safety do you have similar concerns? Is it safe to say that's our best option at this point?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:18 PM)
The starting free safety for the Ravens this season will either be a rookie draft pick or Darian Stewart, a part-time starter from the St. Louis Rams.
jay from bmore [via mobile]
Do you think they will take the thanksgiving game away since we me missed the playoffs, and if we trade down, could we get ward, or still wait? Thank you
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:20 PM)
Owner Steve Bisciotti wants the Thanksgiving game to be a tradition in Baltimore but he feels that too many other teams want it as well. So, I wouldn't count on the Ravens hosting the Thanksgiving game this year. As for Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward, I feel he's going to be there in the second round. That being said, it only takes one team to take him earlier than that to prove me wrong.
Hello JH. With the schedule to be released tonight, what do you think the best starting schedule for the Ravens would be? And what bye week would be the most problematic?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:22 PM)
The Ravens would want Houston, Jacksonville and Cleveland early. With Houston, you're going to face a young starter or a QB like Ryan Fitzpatrick who is in his first year with the team. With Jacksonville, there is a chance to see a young quarterbacks as well. With Cleveland, you're going against a team that still could be adjusting to a new coach. As far as byes, you don't want them too early or too late. The best time is early November.
Bryan (Baltimore )
Hey Jamison - OK I know no one thinks like Ozzie, but if you had to put on your best "Think Like Newsome" act. who are the top 5 players realistically (aka not high picks like watkins or clowney etc.) do you think Ozzie has on his big board. and out of those five you chose, who would Jamison Hensley select?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:25 PM)
Off the top of my head: Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, Texas A&M WR Mike Evans, North Carolina TE Eric Ebron, Alabama LB C.J. Mosley and Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. My pick would be Lewan. He would get plugged in at right tackle right away and upgrade the Ravens' weakest area (offensive line) from last season.
brandon (westminster, md )
what role do you envision for kyle juszczyk next year?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:28 PM)
His role will be special teams, fullback (lead blocker on short yardage runs) and H-back. The Ravens will use two tight ends a lot this year, which means Juszczyk will be a role player. I can see him being moved around a lot when he is on the field. He is an entirely different fullback than Vonta Leach.
Malcolm (Parkville) [via mobile]
How much of a chance does Asa Jackson have for the 3rd CB spot ? This guy seems like a playmaker .
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:29 PM)
I wouldn't put the "playmaker" label on Jackson. He is a developing player who has been suspended twice. The Ravens will give Jackson a chance to compete against Chykie Brown for the third cornerback spot. Brown has the edge right now because of his experience, but no one would be shocked if Jackson beat him out.
is it a rule to finish the season at Cincinnati? i kinda want the Bengals to come to Bmore and get that last W there , its safe to say to them beating us last year was they emotional playoff victory...
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:31 PM)
If the Ravens end the season again in Cincinnati, they're not going to be happy. It seems like it's some sort of weird tradition. My guess is Ravens open the season at home and end it there, too.
Brandon Williams has been pushing up 525lbs this week what have you been benching Hensley?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:32 PM)
I've been lifting 25 pounds about 100 times a day. That's the weight my 20-month-old son is up to these days.
Jason (Ellicott City, MD)
I know this is a Ravens chat, but I assume you follow the Terps. How do you think they fare in the Big 10 this year and years to come?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:33 PM)
The Terps are smart to bulk up on both sides of the line. That's what it's going to take to win in the Big 10. I still think it's going to be tough sledding for them for many years in the new conference.
Tyler (MD) [via mobile]
Which do you think is higher priority in the draft: tight end or receiver? Steve smith may only be here for a year and Owen Daniels isn't a long term answer behind Pitta.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:35 PM)
I would say tight end. At least at wide receiver, the Ravens have a developing Marlon Brown and Jacoby Jones. After Pitta and Daniels, there is no one at tight end. With Daniels being on a one-year deal (Steve Smith is technically signed for four), Daniels has to be seen as more of the stop-gap player.
Hey JH....WR is an outside possibility at 17, but if we pass and pick in the 3rd round or later, any ideas on who could be a value pick?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:38 PM)
The WRs expected to go in the third round are: South Carolina's Bruce Ellington, Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis, Wyoming's Robert Herron and LSU's Jarvis Landry.
Rants N Ravens (Trinity, FL)
Who contributes more to the Ravens' success this coming season, "Juice" or Brandon Williams?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:40 PM)
Brandon Williams. He's going to have a shot at being a starter this year. Williams is going to battle Karpon Lewis-Moore for playing time. There's also a chance that the Ravens take a defensive lineman early, which would change things as well. But Kyle Juszczyk is going to be a role player.
Do you think the Ravens have done enough to take back the AFC North from the Bungles?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:41 PM)
Bengals are still the most talented team in the division. The biggest question mark, however, is at the game's most important position. That's what makes them vulnerable. Looking at the rest of the positions, they're clearly better than the Ravens and Steelers.
Evan (New Jersey)
Which free agents do you think the Ravens will take a look at?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:44 PM)
If the Ravens don't' fill certain positions in the draft, I can see them looking at a QB (perhaps David Carr, which has been rumored), OT (Eric Winston has a history with Gary Kubiak), TE (a blocking one) and DT (Minnesota's Kevin Williams remains unsigned).
Jason (Bronx, NY)
Hey Jamison- I have never understood why Flacco does not get enough credit for having a 9-4 playoff record. Look what other QBs that get talked about more than him like Cutler, Ryan, Romo, and Dalton have done in the playoffs- Nothing!
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:46 PM)
Critics will say Flacco won a lot of those games when the Ravens were running the ball and playing good defense. It devalues his record. I still contend that a quarterback still plays a large role in determining the outcome. Well, except for that playoff win in New England when Flacco was injured and only threw for a few yards.
Jeff ( Minot Air Force base) [via mobile]
Steve smith over or under 70 receptions?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:48 PM)
That's a good over-under because the Ravens haven't had a WR go over 70 catches since Derrick Mason (I believe he went over that mark in 2009). I'll go over, but not by much.
If the Ravens draft a WR one of Melette and Thompson likely won't make the roster. Who stays?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:49 PM)
If the Ravens draft a WR, it could be neither. Mellette has the better chance to make the team. He also has practice squad eligibility.
Which draft prospect over the past few years would you consider to be your biggest miss? Could be either someone that you liked that was a bust or someone that exceeded your expectations. Thanks.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:53 PM)
I thought Jimmy Smith was going to be really good when the Ravens took him the first round in 2011. I started questioning that when he struggled and couldn't stay healthy. But he's now living up to expectations. On the flip side, I never thought highly of Lardarius Webb and it's mostly because of history. The Ravens took a small school cornerback before in 2006, when they selected David Pittman. He was awful. So, I didn't have high hopes when they took a corner out of Nicholls State three years later. I was wrong.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:54 PM)
Thanks for all of the great questions. I really appreciate all of the interest in the Ravens blog. Talk to you next week. Have a great rest of the week.