5 Baltimore Ravens With the Most to Prove in 2014

Baltimore Ravens: 5 Players With the Most to Prove in 2014

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The Baltimore Ravens are stuck in one of the best and most competitive divisions in the NFL and, like their fellow AFC North competitors, will likely claw away for a playoff spot. Baltimore, a treasured and respected franchise, will be focused on returning to dominance again this season with a reloaded roster full of young and aged talent looking to prove themselves.

Here are 5 players with the most to prove in 2014 for Baltimore.

5. G Kelechi Osemele

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5. G Kelechi Osemele

Kelechi Osemele
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Osemele is on this list not because of a lack of production or a lack of talent, but the stud guard suffered a back injury last season which forced him to miss nine games. Baltimore needed his services last season as they, along with the Miami Dolphins, had one of the league's worst offensive lines. Osemele is one of the league's best young guards, but he needs to return to a dominant form this season for Baltimore to have success on offense.

4. TE Owen Daniels

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4. TE Owen Daniels

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Daniels arguably has the least to prove on this list due to the depth surrounding him on the depth chart and what Baltimore will ask out of the former Pro Bowl tight end. He was released by the Houston Texans after eight seasons with the team due to his inability to stay on the field and produce at a high level. Daniels still has "it" and can be a valuable piece to Baltimore's offense; he just needs to stay healthy to produce in that role.

3. OLB Courtney Upshaw

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3. OLB Courtney Upshaw

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Upshaw has yet to be overly productive during his professional career. Over two seasons, the former Alabama star has collected 90 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble. Upshaw is losing credibility quite quickly and really needs to kick himself into a whole new gear in terms of production. His presence as a pass rusher could be a great asset to an already great pass rush Baltimore owns. Upshaw needs to make his mark this season.

2. WR Steve Smith

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2. WR Steve Smith

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Smith obviously does not have it anymore and will not produce at a high level, right? That is exactly what the Carolina Panthers thought when they parted ways with their all-time leading receiver. The 14-year veteran will enter Baltimore as the slot receiver and could thrive in that role for QB Joe Flacco. Smith has some of the best ball skills I have ever seen, and there is no reason that he cannot still do it at a high level this season.

1. ILB Arthur Brown

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1. ILB Arthur Brown

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In 14 games last season, Brown collected 15 tackles, .5 sacks and forced one fumble but is already feeling the pressure to produce this season. The former second-round pick has a hungry rookie battling for the starting ILB job this season in first-round pick CJ Mosley. Brown has the ability to be a great inside backer at the next level, but he must become more consistent. You have to wonder if Mosley is Brown's competition or Smith's successor.


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