5 Moves the Baltimore Ravens Must Make After the 2014 NFL Draft

5 Moves the Baltimore Ravens Must Make After 2014 NFL Draft

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The Baltimore Ravens will enter 2014 looking to rebound from a mediocre season which saw them miss the playoffs as the defending Super Bowl Champions. Now that the Super Bowl hangover is over, there are no more excuses -- the Ravens need to get back to playing balanced football on both sides in order to be AFC contenders once again. Here are five moves the Ravens need to make.

5. Make a Decision On Ray Rice

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5. Make a Decision On Ray Rice

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Ray Rice is likely to be suspended multiple games due to the incident with his wife in February. Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to make a decision on Rice's suspension, but it's expected to happen in the near future. Rice averaged just 3.1 yards per on 214 carries. It was easily the worst season of his career. The Ravens need to decide what they're going to do with their RB situation in 2014. Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett are the backups.

4. Utilize Steve Smith In The Anquan Boldin Role

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4. Utilize Steve Smith In The Anquan Boldin Role

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Remember how effective the Ravens' offense was in 2012 when they won the Super Bowl? Well, a large part of that had to do with the presence of Anquan Boldin. Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers after 2012, and the Ravens ended up ranking 29th in yards per game due to the absence of a possession receiver. Well, Steve Smith was signed by the Ravens, and he'll be expected to now fill the Boldin role.

3. Insert CJ Mosley Into Starting Lineup

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3. Insert CJ Mosley Into Starting Lineup

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CJ Mosley could have been a top 10 pick, but he slipped down to the Ravens at No. 17 in the 2014 NFL Draft. Mosley was considered the draft's top linebacker and for good reason -- he's a playmaker. His 107 tackles in 2012 was the second-highest single-season total by a linebacker in Alabama history. Mosley can play in either the 4-3 or 3-4 defense, and he should be an immediate starter for the Ravens on defense.

2. Utilize Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels in Two TE Sets

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2. Utilize Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels In Two TE Sets

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Two other players who will make a huge difference for the Ravens' offense is the return of Dennis Pitta and the arrival of Owen Daniels. Pitta missed most of the 2013 season, and it's clear the Ravens were affected by his absence. Daniels was one of the best pass-catching tight ends during his tenure with the Houston Texans. The Ravens need to utilize these guys in two tight end sets. It will make this offense explosive.

1. Make Sure Joe Flacco Cuts Down On Turnovers

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1. Make Sure Joe Flacco Cuts Down On Turnovers

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Joe Flacco had a terrible 2013 season. After being handed the richest contract in the NFL, Flacco laid a huge dud, as he threw just 19 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He threw the second-most interceptions of any quarterback in the NFL and was sacked 48 times, the second-most in the league. The Ravens' team success begins with their franchise quarterback needing to play like one.


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