Signing of Vonta Leach Pivotal for Baltimore Ravens with Kyle Juszczyk Tanking at FB

By Jermaine Lockett
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The past weekend was a complete nightmare for Baltimore Ravens fans.  Dennis Pitta dislocated and fractured his hip, taking him out of play for the entire 2013 season.  Although Ozzie Newsome quickly countered with the signing of Visanthe Shiancoe, questions still remain as to whether the 10-year veteran can step up and fill in or will Kyle Juszczyk steal the No. 2 TE spot?  With Ravens’ staff turning the No. 2 spot into more of a competition with Pitta out, the position of FB has been slightly neglected.  With Juszczyk getting owned by the defense, is the front office hurting the team by not giving Vonta Leach the contract he desires?

After failed talks in with the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants, rumors have surfaced of Leach’s return to Baltimore.  Those talks need to lead to an agreement sooner rather than later as fans and the team are starting to realize the impact of No. 44’s absence.   The power of the running game is clearly missing without Leach in the backfield.

It is obvious the Ravens have no confidence in Juszczyk’s run blocking ability as voiced on the field by one of the leaders.  The Baltimore Sun reports Terrell Suggs yelled out “Where is Vonta Leach when you need him?”  This was brought about because Juszczyk got pushed around by both Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo, both of whom he clearly has a size advantage on; if he is getting pushed around by two of the smaller guys on the team, what is he going to do when he has to go up against guys like Geno Atkins and Jason Worilds?

Hit the panic button, sound the alarm and grab the checkbook; it’s time to pay Leach whatever he wants.  It is evident that the Ravens are in clear need of a mauler to spearhead their rushing attack.  This is not a knock on Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce; both backs are capable of hitting a hole and have big play potential.  Without Leach, however, who is going to make a hole for them to run through?  Newsome seriously needs to get Leach into training camp.

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