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What We Learned From Ravens’ Loss to the Vikings


Maybe it is not so much what we learned, but more what we’ve confirmed about the Baltimore Ravens and their chance to be an elite team this season.

Here are a few of my personal confirmations:

Joe Flacco is a Pro Bowl quarterback —In three straight weeks, the Ravens have lost three straight games that have come down to the wire. And the only reason the Ravens were even close enough to the wire to come up short in a photo finish is because of Joe Flacco.

Greg Mattison is certainly not Rex Ryan I alluded to this in a post last week about how the Ravens’ “exotic” blitzes of the past were more out of necessity than flair. Chris Carr is terrible. Frank Walker is terrible. Domonique Foxworth and Fabian Washington are serviceable. It seems that when the Ravens are able to blitz, things go better for them than when they don’t. But trust me, nothing will get better for this team throughout the season if opponents can continue to air it out down field confidently.

Ray Rice is what Reggie Bush Should Be —I’m sure a lot of people were wondering why Ray Rice has maintained his starting position, while Willis McGahee has received more of the meaningful carries with scoring opportunities. Yesterday showed us why. Rice is the new Marshall Faulk, able to make plays out of the back field and on passing patterns. Show me a linebacker that can matchup with him, and I’ll show you somebody Rice practices against everyday in training camp.

As I said last week, it’s certainly not panic mode in Charm City. The Ravens have lost three straight games to three playoff caliber teams—and two of the three have the potential to reach the Super Bowl. Still, there’s a lot that the Ravens have to get right over the course of the season, or the projected 11-12 wins we thought they could take this year could easily turn into eight or nine.

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Monday Morning Rehab

MMR, fantasy football, NFL, injuries, player updatesIs anyone out there really convinced that Brett Favre is done?

Really? Seriously?

Consider me a doubter. I think he still is in the Vikings’ plans for this season one way or another. But I actually think that most football fans, for once, actually believe Favre this time.

And I can understand that.

I just do not agree with it.

So when Tavaris Jackson went down in Vikings’ camp with a leg injury—more on that below—this weekend, what was the first thing that crossed every football fan’s mind? That the Vikings Super Bowl hopes just went out the window? That your fantasy team with T-Jack at the helm is doomed, as if it was not already?

None of the above. He-who-shall-not-be-named immediately came to mind, as this injury provided a(nother) window of opportunity for the elder Favre.

If the injury become a more serious one and/or the quarterbacks in Minnesota struggle in the camp, expect to see a new No. 4 in purple and gold in a few short weeks.

Plenty of injury news from around the league, including more discussion on Jackson, after the jump.

Willis McGahee [RB, Ravens]

From NFL GridIron Gab:

Even though running back Willis McGahee heads a lengthy list of Ravens who will open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, it is not expected that he will linger there for long.

Nothing really too concerning about this news. It seems McGahee is being given the veteran treatment and I am sure he is not complaining too much about it.

This is decent news, though, for Ray Rice in his quest to emerge from the fantasy football nightmare that is the Baltimore Ravens running game. Rice likely will get the bulk of the first team snaps here in the early goings of training camp, which could go a long way toward earning the starting gig this season.

Braylon Edwards [WR, Browns]

From ProFootballTalk:

The nature of Edwards’ injury and how it occurred remains a mystery.  Edwards was asked about rumors that he suffered the injury playing basketball, but he wouldn’t talk about it.

Eric Mangini controlling injury information is nothing new.

The rumors have it that Edwards hurt his ankle playing basketball this summer. Of course those same rumors will not be substantiated by Edwards or the Browns anytime soon, if at all.

Regardless, there is minimal concern here. Remember back to last season when Edwards had his foot stomped on by teammate Donte Stallworth, causing him to miss significant time during the preseason? His draft stock was hardly affected at all. This could be a similar situation for the contract-year wide receiver.

Brandon Marshall [WR, Broncos]

From ProFootballTalk:

Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall, who had hip surgery in March, limped off the field on Sunday.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Marshall apparently was favoring the hip.

He may have appeared to favor the hip, but Broncos’ sources are calling it a hamstring injury.

The negative vortex encircling Marshall this offseason keeps on keeping on. He wants out of Denver, has ongoing off-the-field issues and now gets hurt in the first week of training camp. For a guy with so much talent and fantasy football upside, the risk is just too great for some fantasy owners to swallow. I expect his average draft position to fall steadily throughout the remainder of camp.

Tarvaris Jackson [QB, Vikings]

From NFL GridIron Gab:

The first big weekend of training camps has opened, and with it we already have our first somewhat major injury to report: Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

The Vikings QB sprained the MCL in his left knee after getting tangled with a defensive lineman in practice on Saturday, according to the AP.

Can anyone say Brett Favre?

What a way for the Vikings to start training camp. Spurned by Favre, Minnesota was going to play out one of the league’s more interesting quarterback battles in training camp this preseason. Maybe not anymore.

And what a way to get the Favre-to-Minnesota rumor mill churning once again. You think Favre did not hear this news in his time away from the game? Think again.

Beanie Wells [RB, Cardinals]

From ProFootballTalk:

Coach Ken Whisenhunt addressed the situation on Sunday, and statement implies that Wells won’t be back until the middle of the week at the earlier — and that by the middle of the week the team might conclude that he’ll be out even longer.

The biggest knock on Wells in college was his inability to stay healthy. Well, it did not take long for the injury prone label to take root now as an NFL player.

It sounds minor, but these things add up — especially for running backs. Wells will have to prove to fantasy owners that he can stay healthy for a long stretch of time if he ever is going to shed any injury-related risk.

Kenny Britt [WR, Titans]

From ProFootballTalk:

According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, Britt is on the Physically Unable to Perform list.  The status presumably relates to a hamstring problem that limited Britt during offseason workouts.

Go figure, a wide receiver with hamstring issues.

Nothing to see here for now. The Titans’ passing attack is hardly a team strength. It would take quite a preseason performance from Britt to register in the minds of fantasy owners in redraft leagues.

The MMR will continue to run every Monday morning as scheduled during the offseason. If you have an injury update or want an update on a certain player, please leave a note in the comments.

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