As camp breaks, Ravens focus on winning division

The Baltimore Ravens are 10-5 in the postseason during the Joe Flacco era, they’ve been known as one of the most dangerous road teams in the playoffs year after year. The issue with being known for being good on the road, means that you haven’t earned the right to be the home teams in those games. As they broke camp it was clear that was a focus for the Ravens, not the playoffs specifically, but addressing the fact that they need to win the division.

“Yes, we want home playoff games, we definitely want multiple home playoff games” – Jim Harbaugh

The Ravens lost a few pieces on each side of the ball in the off-season, with camp underway their first round pick Breshad Perriman got a chance to show what he had. Fair to say that he impressed a few in his training camp debut including several local Baltimore reporters in Turron Davenport,  Aaron Wilson and Jon Meoli. The Ravens selected Perriman to stretch the field in similar fashion as his predecessor who moved on in free agency  (Perriman reportedly injured his knee near the end of practice, but it’s been said that the injury isn’t serious).

In addition to Perriman, there are several other youngsters looking to carve out a role in the receiver rotation. It should be an exciting competition between Jeremy Butler, Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro, and Jeremy Butler. There will also be competition behind last year’s leading rusher Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro has taken his offseason seriously as he’s appeared to have lost some weight in the hopes of being a bit quicker. He’ll have to fend off the back Baltimore selected in this year’s draft in Buck Allen.

As for the defensive side of the ball, there is nothing but good news surrounding last year’s stand out rookie C.J. Mosely. He’s been cleared for full contact after suffering a broken wrist last season. The elder statesmen of the front seven is not quite at he weight he wants, but Terrell Suggs did pass the Ravens conditioning test. The same can’t be said for Baltimore’s number one corner in Ladarius Webb, who failed the test. It’s not that he’s in horrible shape, but just not in the state of shape in which he could pass the test. It’ll be interesting to see how many days go by before he’s able to pass that test and join the rest of the secondary in camp.

If Baltimore hopes to reach it’s goal of winning the division, their health will play a huge role this season. They were ravaged by injuries down the stretch of the regular season. Especially in their thin secondary, it’s crucial that players step up so that solid depth is created. So keep an eye on that position group throughout camp and preseason contests. 

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