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5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer the Baltimore Ravens in 2014

5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer the Baltimore Ravens in 2014

Steve Smith
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With Independence Day in the rear-view mirror, NFL training camps are on the verge of commencing around the country. After an impressive offseason on paper, the Baltimore Ravens are seemingly equipped for a return to prominence. Here are their five newcomers with the most to offer in 2014.

5. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB

Lorenzo Taliaferro
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5. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB

Lorenzo Taliaferro
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Ray Rice's looming suspension could easily thrust rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro into a short-yardage, third-down role to open the season. Taliaferro is a well-rounded back who could become much more than a temporary substitute for Rice if he can produce behind a leaky offensive line. He's dealing with legal troubles himself, though, after two misdemeanor charges in May.

4. Owen Daniels, TE

Owen Daniels
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4. Owen Daniels, TE

Owen Daniels
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The Ravens nabbed a potential difference-maker at tight end in free agency by agreeing to terms with veteran Owen Daniels. A former Houston Texan, Daniels has consistently been one of the league's most productive receiving tight ends when healthy. Expect the Ravens to feature a plethora of two-tight end sets this fall, with Daniels and Dennis Pitta tearing up defenses over the middle throughout the season.

3. Timmy Jernigan, NT

Timmy Jernigan
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3. Timmy Jernigan, NT

Timmy Jernigan
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Second-round pick Timmy Jernigan's size suggests he's a three-technique defensive end in the Ravens' 3-4 front, but he's more than strong enough to occupy the nose tackle spot. If he can do so effectively as a rookie, lobbying for first-team snaps in a rotation that features Haloti Ngata and Brandon Williams, he could begin to establish himself as one of the 2014 draft's biggest steals.

2. Steve Smith, WR

Steve Smith
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2. Steve Smith, WR

Steve Smith
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Veteran receiver Steve Smith likely won't be an addition that helps Baltimore re-establish itself as a perennial Super Bowl contender. But in 2014, Smith could provide the Ravens with the firepower to return to the playoffs. Outside of Torrey Smith, quarterback Joe Flacco was void of a consistent perimeter target. While Smith has probably lost a step or two, he's still more than capable of producing at 35 years old.

1. C.J. Mosley, ILB

C.J. Mosley
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1. C.J. Mosley, ILB

C.J. Mosley
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If it weren't for a troubling history of injuries and a negative stigma attached to Alabama stars, inside linebacker C.J. Mosley would have arguably heard his name called within the top 10 selections of May's draft. Instead, the Ravens snagged him at pick No. 17 overall. Mosley has the potential to become a perennial Pro Bowler in Baltimore considering he has virtually no weakness. He simply needs to stay healthy.