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Does The Anquan Boldin Loss Add More Carries In The Run Game for Baltimore Ravens?

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Joe Flacco needs less pressure

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Anquan Boldin is a figure that has been well noted in the sports world since the start of this year. Many have seen him make great catches in the playoffs with defenders hanging on him for multiple receptions. He installed a level of accountability on offense from the wide receiver position that the Baltimore Ravens had not gotten arguably at any time in their franchise history. The closest player who had the same value he had from a receiver perspective is Hall of Fame Tight End Shannon Sharpe when the Ravens won it all in 2000.

So with Boldin being gone, does that spell more of a run game for the Ravens? Yes, I think it should. Joe Flacco got his new deal that makes him the highest paid player in the league until Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers gets his money. But that shouldn’t create a situation where the Ravens organization needs to validate themselves by giving Flacco that money and saying it is going to be all about him and he will carry the team no matter what. The team comes first as always.

In 2012, Ray Rice just came off of a season where he had his lowest rushing totals since becoming a full time starter in 2009 with just 1,163 yards. But one could argue that Rice’s lack of yardage had a lot to do with the fact that rookie Bernard Pierce came in and spelled him quite well. Some around the Ravens organization have even compared Pierce to MVP Adrian Peterson. I wouldn’t go that far, but in a league where people say running backs are a dime a dozen, the Ravens are filthy rich. There are many reasons to keep the run game going, and it is a staple that has helped make the Ravens a force in this league for a long time.

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Bernard Pierce

Coming into his own
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Coming into last season, the Ravens did not want to put too much on Pierce. But as the season went on, he got stronger.
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Ray Rice up the middle

All pro
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Rice has been a workhorse his entire career. But in order to preserve Rice, the Ravens must utilize Pierce more to get more of an investment on the five year contract extension which may keep Rice in the league for 10 years.
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Torrey Smith

Double Coverage
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With Boldin being gone, much of the attention will be on Smith entering next season and he is up for the challenge.
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Dennis Pitta

Key cog
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One of the most underrated tight ends in the league and his job just got harder. With a contract year coming up for him, it is important for both the Ravens and Pitta not to press the issue.
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Jacoby Jones a rising star

Dancing With The Stars
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Jones could shock some people next season. Much of his career he has been a third receiver for both the Ravens and the Houston Texans, but if he is to break out, easing him in slowly with a good run game will do wonders for his career.