While predictions are difficult to make, there are some distinct possibilities that this year’s rookies will have an important impact on the team. Take a look at some of the potential options the team will have this coming year with the added talent.
“4th & 1″ OFFENSE WILL BE PERFECT
Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron is known for his creative play designs, but he won’t be needing any gadget plays when the Ravens face a fourth down and one yard situation this year.
When the Ravens face a “4th and 1” or a goaline situation, they just need to call in the “Mega-Jumbo Play.” This play will have Haloti Ngata (345lbs) lined up in the tight end position, next to offensive tackle Jared Gaither (330lbs.). Then rookie Terrence Cody (360lbs) will line up in the full back position with LeRon McClain (260lbs.) as the tailback taking the handoff. With Gaither, Ngata, Cody and McClain, that’s over 1200 pounds forward momentum. The Ravens can also put rookie OT Ramon Harewood at the line, who is 6-6 and 340 lbs!
Just take a look a look for yourself when Mount Cody lined up as fullback and took out three defenders:
3 TIGHT END SET
Speaking of offense, Cam Cameron will have the option to use all three tight ends at the same time; the veteran Todd Heap, along with rookies Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson. As pointed out by Tony Lombardi of Ravens24x7.com,
“The team has been running multiple 3 wide receiver sets during OTA’s but don’t be shocked to see Cam Cameron employing three tight end sets in some situational sub packages.”
Three Tightends! This will definitely give Flacco some targets.
Sergio Kindle was drafted to get after the quarterback. It has been reported that he will play behind Jarret Johnson while learning the defense. Though he will be a back up, it would be hard to imagine Kindle not getting some pass rush opportunities in substitution packages. Worth noting is that Kindle may be a factor on Special Teams. As BaltimoreRavens.com points out,
“Kindle should be on every special teams unit, including kickoff coverage, kickoff return and punt return. During his freshman and sophomore years at Texas, Kindle recorded 14 tackles (9 solo) on special teams. He blocked a kick as a junior. With Sergio, the fact that he’s a physical, fast outside linebacker really projects well for us,” [Special Teams Coordinator] Jerry Rosburg said. “This is a guy that we anticipate jumping in with two feet and really helping us.”
D. REED MAY ADD SPARK TO RETURNS:
Keep your eye out for rookie WR David Reed, who just recently signed with the Ravens. RB Jalen Parmele filled in well as a kick returner last year, but he may be in for some competition. Reed retuned 25 kickoffs in his junior year and 8 as a senior in college. On punt returns, keep a look out for undrafted free agent cornerback Prince Miller (University of Georgia). Miller returned punts in college, while also playing defensive back in the nickel package.