| ||Pos: Offensive Line|
NFL Team: BAL
| ||Experience: 1|
|The Ravens had a dip in production last season, ranking 17th defensively and allowed 21.5 points per game. The points per game numbers weren't too bad, which helped led to a good season for the team. The Ravens were about the same against the pass (17th) and rush (20th), so improvement can be made in all areas this season. The big loss for the defense is linebacker Ray Lewis, who was the leader of the unit. His play did slip a little last season, though, so getting younger might not be a bad thing for the defense. The Ravens added linebackers Elvis Dumervil and rookie Arthur Brown in hopes of shoring up the defense. Both additions should be positives for the Ravens. The secondary wasn't quite as sharp last season but still has some good players, including cornerback Lardarius Webb and safety Michael Huff. The depth behind these guys needs to play more consistent, though. Jacoby Jones is the top return man for the special teams and does a real good job in this area. He is an above-average return man capable of making many big plays.
This unit isn't quite a fantasy starter anymore but a spot play. The Ravens still have some sack potential but the secondary doesn't create a lot of turnovers. The special teams is pretty solid, though, so that helps. But the yards and points allowed won't be among the league leaders. We wouldn't be surprised if they are better than last season but not by a whole lot.|
comments about Gino Gradkowski
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