The Baltimore Ravens’ 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

The Baltimore Ravens' 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

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The Baltimore Ravens were in a period of transition in 2013, as the former Super Bowl champions had to adjust to a new roster with key personnel retiring or playing for new teams. The defense finished the year strong, finishing in the top 12 in both receiving and rushing yards allowed, so fans are more concerned with how the offense will perform against the tough defenses in the AFC North.

Here are the five most intriguing players.

5. Joe Flacco

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5. Joe Flacco

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After throwing a career-high 22 picks in 2013, fans want to see if new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak can help Joe Flacco limit his turnovers and help Joe Cool find more opportunities to feature his arm strength.

4. Bernard Pierce

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4. Bernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce
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The run game was just not happening with the Ravens last year, and it is crucial that Bernard Pierce can step up with a looming suspension over Ray Rice. He will become a free agent in 2016, so this is a big year for the 24-year-old running back to prove his worth in Baltimore.

3. Steve Smith

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3. Steve Smith

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The 35-year-old receiver is closing in on the end of his career, but Steve Smith is going to try and prove that the Carolina Panthers made a mistake letting him go. With a chip on his shoulder and playmaking abilities, fans are hoping that the veteran can help improve an offense that ranked 18th in passing yards in 2013.

2. Torrey Smith

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2. Torrey Smith

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Torrey Smith is in the prime of his career, and he was unappreciated for what he did for Baltimore last season. With his 2013 average of 70.5 yards per game and 1,128 receiving yards total, the 25-year-old receiver will need to improve upon his four touchdowns to become a household name. Smith is set to become a free agent in 2015.

1. Ray Rice

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1. Ray Rice

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Fortunately for Ray Rice, he has nowhere to go but up after a sluggish 2013 season, and off the field issues will most likely have him suspended for the first few games of 2014. Whether it was an injury or a lack of holes opening up or age, everyone will find out if Rice can bounce back or is at the stage of a gradual decline in production.


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