Ever since winning the Super Bowl six weeks back, it’s been a constant stream of bad news for fans of the Baltimore Ravens. In somewhat of a ‘fire sale’ situation, the team has parted ways with numerous key pieces from their championship run. It started with Anquan Boldin on offense, then the defense took several major hits, losing the likes of Paul Kruger, Denard Ellerbe, and Bernard Pollard. Safety Ed Reed‘s future is very much uncertain, and the team is going through a complete transformation on defense.
This is not a good thing when it comes to trying to win another ring. Many have already written that possibility off, but all is not lost in Baltimore.
The Ravens still have most of the pieces of their offense intact. Losing Boldin no doubt hurts badly, but receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones will be back. Not to mention, rising star tight end Dennis Pitta. Plus, the safety net for quarterback Joe Flacco – Ray Rice.
The five players I just mentioned are all still on the roster, and alone, they can make the Baltimore offense very respectable. Sure, they could use some help, but a lot of talent lies in that group.
Best case scenario for the Ravens – Smith and Jones both take their games to the next level and account for Boldin’s absence. You can say that about almost all the key skill position players, especially Flacco. He’s getting paid like one of the best, now he must play like it every week.
Look for the Ravens to add another play-maker in free agency or the draft to help bolster their offense, but they’ve still got a solid nucleus in place. Finding a solid possession receiver to take the place of Boldin would be a good place to start looking for help, and if they can do that, the unit will be close to the level of last year’s.
If the Ravens’ defense is taking a step back, their offense must take a step forward.
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