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Predicting Baltimore Ravens’ 2014 Starters

Predicting the Baltimore Ravens 2014 Starters

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Although the Baltimore Ravens weren't as good as usual in 2014, there is reason to remain optimistic. The Ravens have brought in a lot of young talent, and 2014 could be the team's return to greatness. With that said, here is a prediction of what the Ravens' starting lineup will look like next season.

QB: Joe Flacco

QB Joe Flacco
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QB: Joe Flacco

QB Joe Flacco
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Although he’s not coming off a great season, Joe Flacco is the obvious starter for the Ravens. Flacco is the leader of this team, and even though he has his weaknesses, he’s the face of the franchise, and rightfully so.

FB: Kyle Juszczyk

FB Kyle Juszczyk
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FB: Kyle Juszczyk

FB Kyle Juszczyk
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Despite the continued devaluation of the fullback position over the last several years, the Ravens continue to incorporate a fullback into their offense, and there are few better than Kyle Juszczyk. He’s a strong blocker, and a powerful runner when called upon, and Juszczyk should be the Ravens’ starter in 2014 barring an unforeseen circumstance.

RB: Ray Rice

RB Ray Rice
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RB: Ray Rice

RB Ray Rice
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Yes, there are off-field questions regarding Rice, however, when he’s on the field, he has the potential to be a top-five running back. That said, Rice is coming off a career-worst season in 2013, and it wouldn’t surprising to see Bernard Pierce get some playing time. However, if Rice can rebound, he could make the entire Ravens’ offense better.

WR: Torrey Smith and Steve Smith

WR Torrey Smith and Steve Smith
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WR: Torrey Smith and Steve Smith

WR Torrey Smith and Steve Smith
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Torrey Smith has been an exciting, albeit, inconsistent playmaker since entering the NFL, and he should be the Ravens’ featured wide receiver. Across from him, Steve Smith, the former Carolina Panthers receiver, will provide a physical presence that the receiving corps previously lacked. With that said, the two Smith’s (no relation) compliment each other nicely, and each should be a valuable contributor to the offense.

TE: Dennis Pitta

TE Dennis Pitta
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TE: Dennis Pitta

TE Dennis Pitta
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The most reliable pass-catching option returning to the Ravens in 2014, Dennis Pitta may not have been on the field a lot in 2013 due to a fractured hip, however, when he returned in Week 14, it was evident that he will be used heavily by the Ravens moving forward. Owen Daniels will also get his fair share of looks, and rookie Crockett Gillmore is intriguing, but Pitta should have this spot locked down.

OT: Eugene Monroe (LT) and Ricky Wagner (RT)

OT Eugene Monroe (LT) and Ricky Wagner (RT)
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OT: Eugene Monroe (LT) and Ricky Wagner (RT)

OT Eugene Monroe (LT) and Ricky Wagner (RT)
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Acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for the price of a fourth and fifth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Eugene Monroe has been excellent at the left tackle position for the Ravens since taking over at the beginning of last season. On the other side, Ricky Wagner is extremely inexperienced, however he is the favorite to begin the season as the starter.

OG: Kelechi Osemele (LG) and Marshal Yanda (RG)

OG Kelechi Osemele (LG) Marshal Yanda (RG)
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OG: Kelechi Osemele (LG) and Marshal Yanda (RG)

OG Kelechi Osemele (LG) Marshal Yanda (RG)
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Although Marshal Yanda is one of the best guards in the NFL, and is a sure bet to continue his dominance in 2014, Kelechi Osemele is a different story on the left side. Better suited to play tackle, Osemele isn't terrible as the starting guard for the team, however, he’s not very good either.

C: Jeremy Zuttah

Jeremy Zuttah
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C: Jeremy Zuttah

Jeremy Zuttah
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The center position was an absolute disaster last season for the Ravens as Gino Gradkowski was an absolute flop as a starter. That said, Jeremy Zuttah was brought in this offseason to provide the team with a capable starter at the position, and I think Zuttah will make the entire line better.

DE: Chris Canty

DE Chris Canty
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DE: Chris Canty

DE Chris Canty
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He’s not an exciting player, but Canty is a reliable starter who will get the job done in 2014. Not much of a pass-rusher, Canty excels as a run-stuffer, and as long as the veteran hasn’t deteriorated in a big way, he should be the starter in 2014.

DT: Haloti Ngata (NT) and Timmy Jernigan (5T)

DT Haloti Ngata (NT) and Timmy Jernigan (5T)
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DT: Haloti Ngata (NT) and Timmy Jernigan (5T)

DT Haloti Ngata (NT) and Timmy Jernigan (5T)
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As far as NFL nose tackles are concerned, Haloti Ngata is one of the best, and the clear choice to start in 2014. As for Timmy Jernigan, this year’s second-round pick, I believe he has the talent and potential to surpass Brandon Williams as the team’s five-technique defensive tackle in 2014.

OLB: Terrell Suggs (LOLB) and Elvis Dumervil (ROLB)

OLB Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil
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OLB: Terrell Suggs (LOLB) and Elvis Dumervil (ROLB)

OLB Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil
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As far as outside linebacker combinations are concerned, there are few, if any better than Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Suggs, a former defensive player of the year, is perhaps the best at his position in the NFL. And while Dumervil isn't as complete a player as Suggs, he is a dangerous pass-rusher, and both players are sure bets to start.

ILB: C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown

ILB C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown
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ILB: C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown

ILB C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown
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C.J. Mosley was a great pick for the Ravens in the first round of this year’s draft, and he is going to be a star as an inside linebacker for the team. Although Daryll Smith was brought in to man the team’s other inside linebacker spot, I believe last year’s second-rounder, Arthur Brown could surprise everyone and end up beating Smith out for the job in what will be a tight battle.

CB: Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb

CB Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb
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CB: Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb

CB Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb
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A former-first rounder, Jimmy Smith finally showed the skills to become an upper-echelon cornerback in the NFL in 2013, and I believe he will continue his ascension in 2014. As for Lardarius Webb, he’s a solid starter who, despite some inconsistencies, will remain a starter going into next season.

FS: Terrence Brooks

Terrence Brooks
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FS: Terrence Brooks

Terrence Brooks
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A steal for the Ravens in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Terrence Brooks will be an immediate starter at the free safety position for the team. Brooks is solid in coverage, and although he will have the occasional rookie mistake, Brooks should be the starter for Baltimore in 2014.

SS: Matt Elam

SS Matt Elam
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SS: Matt Elam

SS Matt Elam
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Another young player in the Ravens’ defensive backfield, Matt Elam stepped in as a rookie last season, and hasn’t looked back. Elam has the potential to become one of the top safeties in the league, and as long as he can avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump,” Elam will take the next step toward greatness in his second season.

Special Teams

Baltimore Ravens Justin Tucker
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Special Teams

Baltimore Ravens Justin Tucker
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Justin Tucker is the starting kicker for the Ravens, that is a guarantee. And while Sam Koch is expected to be the starter, he could be pushed by rookie Richie Leone. Morgan Cox will remain the long-snapper, and Jacoby Jones should be the team’s main return man.

Predicting the Baltimore Ravens 2014 Starters

Baltimore Ravens
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Although the Baltimore Ravens weren't as good as usual in 2014, there is reason to remain optimistic. The Ravens have brought in a lot of young talent, and 2014 could be the team's return to greatness. With that said, here is a prediction of what the Ravens' starting lineup will look like next season.

QB: Joe Flacco

QB Joe Flacco
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QB: Joe Flacco

QB Joe Flacco
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Although he’s not coming off a great season, Joe Flacco is the obvious starter for the Ravens. Flacco is the leader of this team, and even though he has his weaknesses, he’s the face of the franchise, and rightfully so.

FB: Kyle Juszczyk

FB Kyle Juszczyk
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FB: Kyle Juszczyk

FB Kyle Juszczyk
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Despite the continued devaluation of the fullback position over the last several years, the Ravens continue to incorporate a fullback into their offense, and there are few better than Kyle Juszczyk. He’s a strong blocker, and a powerful runner when called upon, and Juszczyk should be the Ravens’ starter in 2014 barring an unforeseen circumstance.

RB: Ray Rice

RB Ray Rice
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RB: Ray Rice

RB Ray Rice
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Yes, there are off-field questions regarding Rice, however, when he’s on the field, he has the potential to be a top-five running back. That said, Rice is coming off a career-worst season in 2013, and it wouldn’t surprising to see Bernard Pierce get some playing time. However, if Rice can rebound, he could make the entire Ravens’ offense better.

WR: Torrey Smith and Steve Smith

WR Torrey Smith and Steve Smith
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WR: Torrey Smith and Steve Smith

WR Torrey Smith and Steve Smith
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Torrey Smith has been an exciting, albeit, inconsistent playmaker since entering the NFL, and he should be the Ravens’ featured wide receiver. Across from him, Steve Smith, the former Carolina Panthers receiver, will provide a physical presence that the receiving corps previously lacked. With that said, the two Smith’s (no relation) compliment each other nicely, and each should be a valuable contributor to the offense.

TE: Dennis Pitta

TE Dennis Pitta
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TE: Dennis Pitta

TE Dennis Pitta
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The most reliable pass-catching option returning to the Ravens in 2014, Dennis Pitta may not have been on the field a lot in 2013 due to a fractured hip, however, when he returned in Week 14, it was evident that he will be used heavily by the Ravens moving forward. Owen Daniels will also get his fair share of looks, and rookie Crockett Gillmore is intriguing, but Pitta should have this spot locked down.

OT: Eugene Monroe (LT) and Ricky Wagner (RT)

OT Eugene Monroe (LT) and Ricky Wagner (RT)
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OT: Eugene Monroe (LT) and Ricky Wagner (RT)

OT Eugene Monroe (LT) and Ricky Wagner (RT)
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Acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for the price of a fourth and fifth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Eugene Monroe has been excellent at the left tackle position for the Ravens since taking over at the beginning of last season. On the other side, Ricky Wagner is extremely inexperienced, however he is the favorite to begin the season as the starter.

OG: Kelechi Osemele (LG) and Marshal Yanda (RG)

OG Kelechi Osemele (LG) Marshal Yanda (RG)
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OG: Kelechi Osemele (LG) and Marshal Yanda (RG)

OG Kelechi Osemele (LG) Marshal Yanda (RG)
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Although Marshal Yanda is one of the best guards in the NFL, and is a sure bet to continue his dominance in 2014, Kelechi Osemele is a different story on the left side. Better suited to play tackle, Osemele isn't terrible as the starting guard for the team, however, he’s not very good either.

C: Jeremy Zuttah

Jeremy Zuttah
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C: Jeremy Zuttah

Jeremy Zuttah
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The center position was an absolute disaster last season for the Ravens as Gino Gradkowski was an absolute flop as a starter. That said, Jeremy Zuttah was brought in this offseason to provide the team with a capable starter at the position, and I think Zuttah will make the entire line better.

DE: Chris Canty

DE Chris Canty
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DE: Chris Canty

DE Chris Canty
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He’s not an exciting player, but Canty is a reliable starter who will get the job done in 2014. Not much of a pass-rusher, Canty excels as a run-stuffer, and as long as the veteran hasn’t deteriorated in a big way, he should be the starter in 2014.

DT: Haloti Ngata (NT) and Timmy Jernigan (5T)

DT Haloti Ngata (NT) and Timmy Jernigan (5T)
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DT: Haloti Ngata (NT) and Timmy Jernigan (5T)

DT Haloti Ngata (NT) and Timmy Jernigan (5T)
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As far as NFL nose tackles are concerned, Haloti Ngata is one of the best, and the clear choice to start in 2014. As for Timmy Jernigan, this year’s second-round pick, I believe he has the talent and potential to surpass Brandon Williams as the team’s five-technique defensive tackle in 2014.

OLB: Terrell Suggs (LOLB) and Elvis Dumervil (ROLB)

OLB Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil
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OLB: Terrell Suggs (LOLB) and Elvis Dumervil (ROLB)

OLB Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil
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As far as outside linebacker combinations are concerned, there are few, if any better than Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Suggs, a former defensive player of the year, is perhaps the best at his position in the NFL. And while Dumervil isn't as complete a player as Suggs, he is a dangerous pass-rusher, and both players are sure bets to start.

ILB: C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown

ILB C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown
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ILB: C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown

ILB C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown
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C.J. Mosley was a great pick for the Ravens in the first round of this year’s draft, and he is going to be a star as an inside linebacker for the team. Although Daryll Smith was brought in to man the team’s other inside linebacker spot, I believe last year’s second-rounder, Arthur Brown could surprise everyone and end up beating Smith out for the job in what will be a tight battle.

CB: Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb

CB Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb
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CB: Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb

CB Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb
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A former-first rounder, Jimmy Smith finally showed the skills to become an upper-echelon cornerback in the NFL in 2013, and I believe he will continue his ascension in 2014. As for Lardarius Webb, he’s a solid starter who, despite some inconsistencies, will remain a starter going into next season.

FS: Terrence Brooks

Terrence Brooks
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FS: Terrence Brooks

Terrence Brooks
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A steal for the Ravens in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Terrence Brooks will be an immediate starter at the free safety position for the team. Brooks is solid in coverage, and although he will have the occasional rookie mistake, Brooks should be the starter for Baltimore in 2014.

SS: Matt Elam

SS Matt Elam
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SS: Matt Elam

SS Matt Elam
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Another young player in the Ravens’ defensive backfield, Matt Elam stepped in as a rookie last season, and hasn’t looked back. Elam has the potential to become one of the top safeties in the league, and as long as he can avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump,” Elam will take the next step toward greatness in his second season.

Special Teams

Baltimore Ravens Justin Tucker
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Special Teams

Baltimore Ravens Justin Tucker
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Justin Tucker is the starting kicker for the Ravens, that is a guarantee. And while Sam Koch is expected to be the starter, he could be pushed by rookie Richie Leone. Morgan Cox will remain the long-snapper, and Jacoby Jones should be the team’s main return man.