Heading into the bye week, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh hinted that changes will be made to his football team and by any means necessary.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens will work out former Arizona Cardinals running back Chris “Beanie” Wells this week to potentially be added to Baltimore’s 53-man roster. While it doesn’t necessarily guarantee him a roster spot, this action seems like one where the Ravens will actually go forward and fill the void left by former left tackle, now an offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins, Bryant McKinnie.
This tryout may initially seem like a head-scratcher, but it makes sense for the Ravens in some regards. Considering they worked out former Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott last week, it has to say something about the status of the Ravens’ backfield situation currently.
Wells is a guy who has battled injuries and missed some time in the first four years of his NFL career, and that might be part of the reason as to why he is yet to find a team in his fifth professional season. The 25-year-old has rushed 625 times for 2,471 yards and 24 touchdowns in his career, while averaging exactly four yards per carry. He hasn’t exactly been a dual-threat guy who can catch passes out of the backfield, so adding a 229-pound bruiser like Wells may assist in those third-and-short and goal line situations the Ravens have struggled with thus far in 2013.
Considering he doesn’t have a team eight weeks into the NFL season, there has to be some sort of overarching issues. The 31st overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft hasn’t lived up to his first-round selection so far, but as a No. 3 running option for the Ravens, and at the right price, this move could add some toughness to a fairly weak Baltimore team.
Baltimore has always been characterized by being tough and playing physical football where beating down the opponent comes with the territory of winning football games. Yes, it seems ludicrous saying this about a guy who can’t seem to stay healthy, but I bet I can’t count on more than my two hands as to how many people want to tackle a guy like Wells in the open field.