Baltimore Ravens: 5 No-Name Players Who Could Explode In 2013
5 No-Name Players Who Could Explode For Baltimore Ravens In 2013
It’s time for everyone's favorite day of the week: New Baltimore Raven list day. The list this week will be five relatively no-name players that could potentially have huge seasons.
The names on my list might be known locally, but as far as mainstream recognition they're nobodies. I have one and only one player on here who might be considered borderline, but I don't think so.
It's fun when guys you haven't heard of come out of nowhere and blow up. Victor Cruz is a name that comes to mind. How about Kurt Warner? Marques Colston? Arian Foster? You get the point, right? These were all guys that made me say "Who the heck is this guy" (I never say heck. Got to keep it clean for the kiddies).
The Ravens themselves had many of these no-name guys that went from obscurity to somebody. Bart Scott, Jameel McClain, and Priest Holmes are a few who come to mind. Holmes went on to greatness with the Kansas City Chiefs. More recently two undrafted free agents of the Ravens, Danelle Ellerbe and Cary Williams, went on to sign big money contracts with the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles respectively.
All of those guys I just mentioned are in the past now. Out with the old and in with the new. The following is a list of five guys that could be a big deal this year if opportunity knocks at their door.
Without further ado I present my newest Ravens list. Sit back and enjoy, my friends.
Josh Bynes was the borderline guy I was talking about in the intro. As an undrafted free agent Bynes started a few games last year. Bynes could possibly start the season at the Will linebacker spot in the Ravens base 3-4. According to the team website, Bynes currently has the edge over rookie Arthur Brown. Bynes has flashed big play potential. Now it's a matter of bringing it all together.
Going into training camp everyone knew Aaron Mellette would have his work cut out for him if he wanted to climb up the wide receiver depth chart. After two long touchdown receptions in two preseason games, Mellette is starting to make a name for himself. Technically he’s still a no-name though. Regardless, with nobody stepping up in the wide receiver battle, Mellette could find himself starting sooner rather than later. Is it really that inconceivable considering the play of the other receivers?
I never heard of this guy before the first preseason game. In said first preseason game Brynden Trawick blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown. Besides Michael Huff, Matt Elam, and James Ihedigbo nobody is a lock for the remaining safety positions. Trawick could make some noise in real games if given the opportunity. In the meantime, he could be a nice contributor on special teams.
John Simon is kind of in the mold of Paul Kruger. Simon could take on the role that Kruger had of being a pass rush specialist. The Ravens have a lot of good pass rushers that will probably be on a rotation to keep everyone fresh. When Simon is on the field he’ll make plays.
I couldn’t resist putting Matt Furstenburg on here. If you all have been keeping up with my Raven lists (If you haven’t then why aren’t you?) then you’ll know I have a love affair for this dude. I think Furstenburg could beat out Visanthe Schiancoe and Billy Bajema for the third TE spot. Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark will likely be the top two tight ends, but neither has been able to stay healthy recently. Mark my words: If Furstenburg can get out there with Joe Flacco he could be a beast in the passing game.