The biggest story lines from the Raiders schedule in 2022

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The 2022 NFL schedule was released this week. With that comes record predictions, ticket-purchasing, and more storylines than anyone can keep track of.  The Raiders schedule is no different. It showcases a matchup against the reigning Super Bowl champions, a revenge game 50 years in the making, and more AFC West matchups than your heart can handle. So, let’s look at three of the biggest storylines to keep track of in 2022.

Week 1: Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers

It’s the game you’ve been waiting all offseason for. The Raiders will head to SoFi Stadium for their first game of the season to try and take down Justin Herbert and a revamped Charger’s defense.

As you may remember, the Raiders beat the Chargers in the last regular season game of the 2021 season, sending the Silver and Black to the playoffs, and ending the Bolts season without a second thought. Los Angeles has spent the duration of the offseason trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Since the two teams last met, they have added numerous Pro-Bowlers to their defense including J.C. Jackson, Kyle Van Noy, and former Raider, Khalil Mack.

Mack, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Raiders, was traded to Los Angeles this offseason. He is infamously known for being a player Raider Nation saw leading the team to their next Super Bowl win. That is, until the former regime sent him off to Chicago. Since leaving Oakland, Mack’s statistics have declined. However, his game-changing talent and sure-fire want for revenge is still cause for concern in Las Vegas.

On top of being a revenge game for many reasons, the Raiders second home is in Los Angeles. It’s not uncommon for Raider Nation to take over SoFi stadium and make it their own, adding fuel to the fire.

Week 15: New England Patriots @ Las Vegas Raiders

While there are numerous storylines in between Week 1 and Week 15, the Patriots vs. Raiders game is what everyone will be looking forward to. Head coach Josh McDaniels will lead his new team out proudly (we hope), as he takes on the man that taught him everything he knows.

Before being hired as the Raiders head coach in January, McDaniels spent 13 seasons with the Patriots. He served as everything from their offensive assistant to their offensive coordinator, learning the ins and outs of coaching from one of the best in the business, Bill Belichick.

McDaniels was joined in Las Vegas by new general manager, Dave Ziegler, who also spent the previous seasons in New England. McDaniels and Ziegler wasted no time in bringing their favorite former Patriots to Sin City, making Week 15 even more meaningful.

Las Vegas has added six players this offseason who played for the New England Patriots including running back Brandon Bolden, tight end Jacob Hollister, fullback Jakob Johnson, and quarterback Jarett Stidham, among others. Along with players, McDaniels also hired several former New England coaches to his staff.

The sheer volume of Raiders that have played or coached for the Patriots is something that doesn’t go unnoticed, making Week 15 a must win game for the Silver and Black.

Week 16: Las Vegas Raiders @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Fifty years in the making, the Raiders will return to the scene of the “Immaculate Reception” one day after its half-century anniversary. If you’ve been a Raiders fan for a while, or have ever known a Raiders fan, its likely you know exactly what play we’re talking about. If not, you can read up on the controversial play, here.

No matter how much time passes, it will never be clear what happened that day. You’ll get a different story from every player, and every referee working that game. The Raiders are three Lombardi trophies better off than they were that day in Pittsburgh, but they’ll never forget. And they’ll be sure to remind the Steelers of that in December.

The Raiders schedule is tough, with a lot valuable storylines in 2022. If they want to return to the playoffs for a second consecutive year, they’ll have to prove each and every week why they deserve to be there.

Ravens Report: Week 1 Review/Week 2 Preview – WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

Welcome to a new edition of the ATB Ravens Report featuring a 2 part setup looking at the MNF Review & a Preview of SNF. Enjoy!

Welp, Monday Night Football has come & gone. Vacation is & has been over for almost a week now. Thursday Night Football has happened along with Friday Night Lights. And as most of us in the W2 world the first week back to work is well not the greatest. Originally had planned on this being written and released on Wednesday but… it didn’t.

Raiders fans were probably still partying till Wednesday night in celebration on their win, while we all bitched & moaned & wondering what the team is going to do next. Well with it being this late in the week we’ll mix the Week One Review with the Week 2 Preview. Will also try to make this kinda short & sweet. With that being said….

It was a tight game from the start on Monday.

Both Defenses were playing their hearts out and offenses were struggling to find their rhythm. We expected the Ravens’ D to shine and do what they do best. Yes they had some major and minor hiccups but most teams do in this day and age. It’s just the nature of it.

Also bear with me as I do my best to remember some key good things from the game as we go into the “constructive fan criticism” first.

Watching the defense do it’s thing even without Marcus Peters was fun to watch for the most part. Secondary was doing its thing. Averette & Humphrey were taking names most of the night at least in my opinion. Linebackers staying on top of their assignments, & DL stuffing the run…

But to quote one of my wife’s friend’s catchphrase “what the hairy hell?!” Where was most of the pass rush with the 5+ sacks or the LB/DB’s with the at least 2-3 INTs that we were expecting based off all the offseason & training camp hype?! It was no where I tell you.

Ok, I lied. The team got three Sacks, 5 TFL, & 1 INT. Along with 69 Total Tackles & 50 Solo. Which I honestly can’t be mad with.

What I can be mad at is the fact that going into overtime they let a wide open receiver score the game sealing touchdown. But I’m going little too far into it with that.

Queen, Humphrey, & Oweh all stayed on FIRE!

Going into some individual stuff again, it was absolutely amazing watching these three compete on such a high level. Star CB Marlon “Fruit Punch” Humphrey was just continuing to make hisself a house hold name in the MNF opener. 9 Total Tackles, 6 Solo, & 1 Pass Deflect, along with just keeping almost everyone he lined up against on lock down was a show to see! You literally can’t ask for a better guy on the team.

Patrick Queen is literally our modern day version of Ray Lewis. I honestly think the team got that void filled, outside of the amazing vocal leadership, with this young man. He was all over the field, stats similar to Marlon’s are as followed: 9 Total, 6 Solo, 1 Sack, 1 TFL, & 1 QB Hit. Top of the defensive leader board right here.

Odafe Oweh has the feel good story of the night in my book on the Ravens’ defense. Went from NO SACKS in college at Penn State to his first ever recorded sack in the NFL with 10 seconds left of the first half he was able to accomplish just that. If I could figure out how to put the team’s tweeted video of it on here I would, but just want to say it was incredible. His stat line isn’t as well put together as his more experienced teammates but oh well. Take a quick glance if you would. 2 Total, 2 Solo, 1 Sack, 1 TFL, & 2 QB Hits.

Just take a good look at the picture below or to the side cause you all know what we’re gonna talk about…

Look… I’m trying not to rub my temples together or go grab a bottle of booze but what in the double #@%$ happened?! Breathe, just breathe…

We’ve been expecting a good, strong, & effective offensive line this entire process going into Monday outside of the question mark at LG. Now we have questions everywhere. What are we gonna do long term at LG, LT(I’ll get to that soon), & RT.

Personally I expect to stick with 3/5 of the current starters but let’s wait a second to get into it, and I don’t want to get too far into this because of the preview side of the article. Lamar was sacked a total of 3 times and hit a total of 7 times. The pressure was put on our precious QB and there wasn’t much for him to do…

Or was there? While watching the entire offense all night there were times I thought to myself “Where is the Lamar that we know would take off when the pocket is collapsing and/or doesn’t have anyone to dump it off too?” Is LJ8, Roman, & Urban all sticking to a traditional pocket passer roll now?

We all have tons of questions for the Offense.

To answer some of the questions in the previous paragraph, I would say yes but no. LJ8 is about proving the narrative on him wrong. Everyone wants to make the RB playing QB joke still to this date but when you have a QB like Lamar, you let him turn on the gas and do what he does best. This season is still about proving critics wrong. Even though he had a 56.1 QBR, it was still better than Carr’s 50.3. LJ8 has a total stat line of 19/30 attempts for 235 yards, 1 TD(Passing), 12 rushing attempts, 86 yards, long of 28 yards. That’s good but not exactly what everyone was expecting. And I could guess what you all were looking for but anyways…

I’d like to also ask, Is Hollywood Brown & Sammy Watkins an official WR like good tag team? According to what I’ve seen on the TV and on the official stats, I would say yes! Sammy had a total of 4 Receptions, 96 Yards, Long of 49, & 8 Targets. Half is better than lower but he made out well with that game, almost 100 dang yards in such a short time. Marquise Brown went 6 for 6 of carries/targets, 69(Nice) yards, 1 TD on a nice extended play, & a long of 21. Honestly this makes me happy, & adding Rashod Bateman in a few weeks will make this WR group into something special.

But at the end of the night with everything being said the team couldn’t get the job done & put a tally in the win column…

Moving onto Week 2.

Or at least we all hope. This Sunday at 8:20 on NBC, The Baltimore Ravens will host the Kansas City Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium. This will be the Ravens’ home opener & will expect a lot of excited fans too finally be back in the stands. I know if I lived in MD, I’d be making it to tailgate & have fun but yeah.

Anyways, there are still a lot to topic & questions going into this game following the loss in Vegas. Who is starting where? Is the Offense & Defense ready? What’s happening & why does this feel like 2015?

Just breathe. OK?

Yes there’s a lot of injuries, ok. Tyre Phillips & Chris Westry both placed on IR officially. And I’ll just post a picture of the Ravens’ injury report from today courtesy of the team social media & PR teams if you haven’t seen already.

Ronnie Stanley, Marlon Humphrey, Hollywood Brown, and so on & so on. Looking at this is painful. I’m not even gonna lie, lots of the active roster including the whole starting running back room is the 2015 feeling I was talking about before.

But there are some “bright sides” to this madness. The next man up mentality. That’s it, I’m being Harbaugh right now. With the Offensive Line being a little banged up and without a lot of chemistry, I expect to move forward and do well. What we could possibly be looking at going into Sunday’s match up could go like this:

  • LT: Alejandro Villanueva
  • LG: Ben Powers/Cleveland
  • C: Bradley Bozeman
  • RG: Kevin Zeitler
  • RT: Patrick Mekari

The reason I put Powers & Cleveland both on there is due to the fact of the big question mark still there. Anyways, Will this do the job? Maybe, because Powers was set to be a starting LG before Boze ultimately ended up winning the spot in 19 & 20 if not mistaken. Mekari is still proving himself to be a top versatile Lineman that’s able to step into any role & do it well. AV would be making his way back to his natural spot, so self explanatory. Bozeman will clean up his act and kick ass/take names in week 2, simple as that.

Believe in the OL!

Will the defense show up?

Marlon will be back in time & be ready for the game. I hope at least. The Ravens organization/team still has a good defense in general on hand. I’m expecting the pass rush/run stuff to be better equipped for Sunday night at home. Expect a big day out of Brandon Williams, Oweh, & Queen again. Also be prepared for AA, Elliott, & Clark to do some damage, in a good way, coming up.

Predictions as far as stats go will be as following:

73 Tackles, 6 TFL, 3 Sacks, 2 INTS, and a good handful of Pass Deflects or QB Hits.

Are these numbers realistic? I’m not sure to be honest. Ask someone who is more stat heavy to double check me.

LJ8 goes back to being LJ8

Yes, you all read that right. LJ8, John Harbaugh, Greg Roman, & James Urban along with the entire offense sat down, watched film, & figured out a good game plan. They’ll let Lamar & Co go out to have fun and do what they do best. That’s what they did when they went 14-2 & 11-5.

Listen I know that the RB Room & new OL is causing the O to simplify things & not let the team go full on but hey things are slowly but surely get better.

Expect to see LJ to connect with Sammy & Marquise on their own set of TDs. Let Murray or Williams get in the end zone with their own scores. Also He may walk/run his own score in. Who knows?

All we do know is that this will be a good and close game…

Yes, even with the scores predicted above & defense doing work, this game will be close. I’m talking like 28-26 close in favor of the Ravens. Andy Reid/Pat Mahomes & Co are coming to town with fight in their eyes. Ravens fans, at the game, you’ll have to all get loud and rowdy. At home, The Fock has to send all kinds of positive vibes.

Have patience, drink plenty of good fluids before & after, but remember to enjoy the game. Chose violence fore the hours of the game.

Quick Wrap Up.

Whew! Longer than expected but hope everyone enjoyed the piece. I know we moved on quick & suddenly but it’s time to nut up or shut up for game day!

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Las Vegas Raiders and RAS

I have finally gotten the time to get back to working on this project. I only have *checks notes*…18 more teams to go!

I’m not really going in any specific order. I am just picking a team a random that has had their front office in place for at least three drafts.

Next is obviously the Las Vegas Raiders with Mike Mayock as their GM since the 2019 draft. You can also find Kent Lee Platte’s website here: https://ras.football/

Quarterbacks:

This one is super easy. Mayock has not drafted a single quarterback yet. So there is no information to go on yet.

Running backs:

With running backs Mayock has drafted only two in his time with the Raiders. Josh Jacobs and Lynn Bowden. Jacobs RAS was a 5.7 but Bowden did not work out due to recovery from an injury/surgery. So there is not much there to compare. Jacobs is 5’10 and Bowden is just under 5’11. Both are over 200 pounds. Outside of those things there isn’t much else to draw from.

Wide Receivers:

The Raiders have drafted three receivers in the Mayock era, Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards, and Henry Ruggs. Of the three only two have RAS scores. Ruggs of course had a score of 9.55, Renfrow had a score of 2.94; so completely opposite. Ruggs and Renfrow are both smaller receivers. They are both under 190 pounds. The problem is their athletic testing is different or missing. For example Renfrow only did 7 reps on the bench, Ruggs did not bench. Renfrow showed decent agility numbers, where as Ruggs did not do agility drills. The only thing that can maybe be pointed out is their explosive testing. Ruggs had a 41 inch vertical and Renfrow had a decent 35 inch. So besides that and their size there is not much else comparable between them athletically. Edwards did not test at all. He measured 6’2 6/8ths 212 pounds.

Tight Ends:

The Raiders have only drafted one tight end in the last three years, Foster Moreau from LSU. He scored high on the RAS scale with a 9.47. Showed decent size at 6’4 253. Overall he was fast, quick and explosive.

Offensive Line:

With the offensive line Mayock has only drafted three, John Simpson in ’20, Alex Leatherwood and Jimmy Morrissey in ’21. Interestingly enough he has drafted one at each position, a tackle, a guard and a center. Now here is where we can see some connections. The RAS scores of all three are 8.53, 9.69, and 9.13. So it can be said that Mayock likes his offensive linemen to be highly athletic. The only real difference in their athletic testing is John Simpson’s agility numbers, they were poor. Otherwise though all their numbers graded out as good to elite. All three had great explosive testing.

Defensive line:

Just like quarterback, very easy. Mayock has not drafted a single defensive lineman in his three years as the GM.

Edge/Defensive end:

The Raiders have drafted three edge defenders since 2019, Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell in ’19, and Malcolm Koonce in ’21. Now the problem here is only once of them has a RAS; Maxx Crosby with and elite 9.65 score. Now looking at the size of them Mayock seems to prefer edge defenders who are smaller-average size. Koonce is on the smaller side at 6’2 250, Crosby is a little bigger at 6’5 255 and Ferrell is the biggest at 6’4 264. With koonce there is no workout data on, he was seen as a relatively athletic rusher. Crosby had elite scores at everything. Ferrell’s agility numbers were good, but he had no other testing. So there is not enough data to go on right now, other than they don’t like the big edge defenders who can slide inside on occasion. Other than that there is much else to extrapolate.

Linebacker:

Mike Mayock has drafted three linebackers in his time with the Raiders, Quinton Bell in 2019, Tanner Muse in 2020, and Divine Deablo in 2021. Muse and Bell both tested out over 9.5 on the RAS scale, Deablo was not far behind with a 8.14. It can be said that Mayock likes drafting highly athletic linebackers. The three of them are 6’2-6’3 and also under 240 pounds as well. All ran very fast 40 times. Bell ran a 4.53 and Muse ran a 4.41, Deablo ran a 4.45. All three also put up at least 19 bench press reps. While it is a small sample size for now at least it can be said Mayock likes slightly undersized super athletic linebackers. He also likes moving big safeties to linebacker having done it with both Muse and Deablo.

Defensive backs:

Now here is where it gets interesting. Mayock a former defensive back himself has drafted a total of 8 defensive backs in 3 years! It is an important position, so most teams will draft a number of them but almost an average of 3 every draft? that is a lot. It is also pretty evenly spread out. The Raiders have drafted 5 corners and 3 safeties. Now only two of the nine do not have RAS scores. The rest all scored 6.26 or above. That score belongs to safety Tyree Gillespie, after him though the lowest was another safety Johnathan Abram with a 7.4 and Trevon Moehrig with a 7.37. The average RAS score of all the safeties that Mayock has draft is a 7.29, so above average definitely, but not elite.

The three safeties are between 5’11 and just over 6’0. They all also weight between 202-207. With the safties it seems like explosiveness has less of an emphasis. They seem to prioritize speed more. All three run a 4.52 or faster. All three tested poorly in explosive testing and average or poor in agility testing.

If you just count the cornerbacks the lowest was Trayvon Mullen with a 7.46, above him though was Nate Hobbs with a 9.62, then Isaiah Johnson with a 9.74. This averages out to a 8.94. So even more so it can be said that the Raiders front office likes their corners to score high on the athletic scale. Some people may say “well, yeah of course” but not all teams value that high level of athleticism in their defensive backs.

Continuing with the corners it seems the Raiders have two size types they like. Arnette and Hobbs are both just over 5’11 and both are about 195. Both also have pretty average speed. Arnette only ran the 40 so that is all the athletic testing available for him. Hobbs put up elite explosive numbers. With Mullen and Johnson both are just under 6’2 and between 200-205 pounds. Both have good to elite explosiveness. It seems that Mayock likes to have diffent size corners to match up with different receivers. Amik Robertson the 5th corner drafted stands out from the other corners. He is small at 5’8 187, but has no other testing on record.

Final Thoughts:

So outside of safety it seems Mayock really keys in on explosive testing, that would be things like vertical jump and broad jump. So if you are looking for players the Raiders may draft check their vertical jump and broad jump. They like their offensive linemen to be upper echelon athletes. Finally they like super athletic slightly undersized linebackers, especially big safeties they have move to linebacker. Finally outside of Amik Robertson they like their defensive backs 5’11+ and 195+.

Ravens Report: Breaking Down The Roster Ahead of Week 1

Welcome to another fun edition of the ATB Ravens Report featuring the official 53 man roster breakdown ahead of their Week One matchup vs the Las Vegas Raiders.

*Checks phone and realizes what day it is* Hold up! Wait you’re all telling me we’re almost a week away from our 1st game?! And the ATB RR roster breakdown is late being written & Published?! Ok, in my defense, work & prepping for vacation has my mind else where. You’d probably be in the same boat if your vacation started in 3 days.

Anyways, for those of you all who aren’t caught up, the Baltimore Ravens will travel to… cue the Elvis Presley song. No? Ok, fine, we’ll type it. “Viva! Viva Las Vegas!” Yes, that’s right. The Ravens at Raiders for the first Monday Night Football game of the season on Sept 13th at 8:15pm EST.

Now, I’ll expect this to be a fairly close game at start but with what we know of our team, things will get interesting in our favor to say the least as the game goes on.

Also before actually making in depth predictions we have to first look at the final 53 man roster first.

Here below will be a group of spread sheets put together by yours truly giving you the final 53 man roster. Would give you all the official depth chart off of the Baltimore Ravens’ website but at this time it hasn’t been updated yet.

Take a second and let that marinate. We have a nice active 53-man roster right here a lot of players on here that were expected to make the team & did, but there are a few that were kind of surprises. We’ll get into that here shortly, but before we do that let’s give a look at the Practice Squad & Injured Reserve lists.

Wait another second! Also note that below I didn’t include Co-Cap Anthony Levine Sr in here due to sheer potato brain, but they do have him on the Practice Squad regardless of what you see on the charts.

On this side we have the PS.

And here we have IR. Since you all had time to let everything sink in let’s finally get down to the details we wanna react to, so get your coffee, adult beverage, or juice box handy.

Let’s get the heartbreak out of the way first.

Where in the hell is FB2/RB4/TE8 Ben Mason on these lists?! *Cries from Tuesday until like yesterday* Oh yeah, he got signed by the NE Patriots on Wednesday. That’ll be good experience for the young player out of That Team Up North. With the system the coach Belichick & McDaniels run it’ll fit Mason well.

Most of the other cuts were as expected but…

Another major heartbreak that made me do multiple takes before the PS signees were announced was Co-Cap & Pernell McPhee. 2 key rotational Ravens that were highly important to not only the defense & special teams but also to the team’s voice/leadership. It was so reassuring to see them clear waivers and get picked back up. CoCap is still unfortunately on the PS which if I’m not mistaken can be a little stressful. Cause can’t teams poach off other another team’s PS? Anyways, McPhee thankfully was able to come back to the regular roster thanks to some of the IR folks.

Speaking of Injured Reserve…

What is 1st round pick WR Room X-Factor The Dark Knight aka Batman… I mean former MN Golden Gopher WR Rashod Bateman, doing on IR? Well don’t you all remember that he went down in training camp and had to have surgery? Yeah it makes sense, granted the Ravens will have to cut someone on the 53 when he comes back but either way he’ll be back and playing a good amount by week 5 or 6. Just have to be patient and wait for good news to return.

As far as Mr. Boykin’s situation, I’m still kinda confused on this but some times it takes year 3 or 4 to have that breakout year. And maybe in the final preseason game or in practice he went down with a bad injury that needed some time off. We’ll see what happens.

Now that’s over, lets get into some happy thoughts

Some are ecstatic over this fact, self included but we have a total of 11 Defensive Backs & 10 LB(Inside, Trad Outside, & EDGE) on there roster. It’s a great thing thinking about how much depth is in these rotations such as AA, Young, Stone, Washington, and can’t forget about OG Raven CB Jimmy Smith. These guys are great compliments to Humphrey, Peters, Clark, & Elliott. Bet you $5 Wink is foaming at the mouth with all the schemes he’s can execute with having all these guys.

And to add on to that last sentence, having a dominant LB corps with everything listed above is terrific. Ok, ok, I’ll pump the brakes… I understand that a lot of people are questioning the decision on keeping Welch or Ferguson on the active roster but let me tell you this. GET OFF THE CROSS, WE NEED THE WOOD! The Ravens have had minor instances where you can correctly challenge their “next man up” mentality but as of late for the most part, it’s worked. Sack Daddy is in for a blowout year coming up to establish where he belongs in the market & Welch just to make it known that he’s a good enough depth player for the Ravens.

Staying on Depth or there lack of. I’m glad to see the team keep B. Williams, Campbell, & Wolfe but all we have for backup is Justin Madubuike & Broderick Washington as official back up. Oh yeah, and Justin Ellis & Chris Smith(Who doubles as DE/EDGE) on the practice squad. Also can’t forget when Pancake Pat Ricard jumps in on defense but that still leaves the actual defensive front 2 to 6 players less in depth vs the rest of the team. Don’t get me wrong, I know the team runs a base 3-4 for the most part and relies on the LB/Secondary more, just being a OL/DL guy it hurts my heart a bit, but it’ll be alright. The Defense is stacked anyways.

Moving to the Offensive Side.

It wasn’t surprising seeing LJ8 as QB1 & TH2 aka Snoop as QB2. We all seen that coming, but what we didn’t necessarily see the well now RB2 contest to be so close. Well kinda, as most of us were lead to believe, Ty’Son Williams was going to be backing up/rotating with Gus Bus Edwards & Nate McCrary backing up Williams. That’s obviously not the case right now. John Harbaugh & Co decided to keep Justice Hill over McCrary. With no RB on the Practice Squad, it is very obvious that the coaching staff sees something in Hill that we can’t. Honestly it’s going to be interesting to see how this backfield runs without JK Dobbins as the starter due to a bad season ending injury.

Moving over real quick to the TE room, we once again have an official 4 Tight Ends on the roster and an official Fullback. This brings joy to the heart. The hunch that Josh Oliver was going to be the official TE3 and make the team was right. He is meant to be and play like a Raven. Backing up or possibly lining up in a 3 TE set behind the likes of Mark Andrews & Nick Boyle is what we like to see.

Kinda Reminds me of the Pitta, Daniels, & Gilmore or! Or! The Pitta, Boyle, & Maxx Williams days. Ah! Good times, good times.

But we have another name to throw in the mix. Eric Tomlinson. I’ll agree with the coaching staff that he did very well with the blocking scheme during the preseason which gives the Ravens another good or decent option with the Run Pass Option.

They’ve also elected to add Tony Poljan to the practice squad which is interesting to say the least. Moving on to the next topic…

My personal favorite, the big boys upfront!

Starting line up is still probably going to be as followed:

  • LT: Ronnie Stanley
  • LG: Ben Powers
  • C: Bradley Bozeman
  • RG: Kevin Zietler
  • RT: Alejandro Villanueva

Now this is a very complete set for the most part. Ben Powers obviously still being the question mark since you have Patrick Mekari as your versatile all around lineman. Ben Cleveland looking to make his name a household one and same with Philips at the LG or RG spots. Keeping Ealy & Smith on the Practice Squad was probably for insurance purposes but we’ll never know.

Also I’ll take this to the grave with me… having TCC on the roster is crucial because having a dedicated Center is extremely important! Yes we have Boze & Mekari but my boy TCC has proven that he can be ready to go and perform at a very high level when called upon.

Last minute notes & wrapping up.

So with everything being said be ready for this entire team to be ready to take on everything that’s thrown at them next Monday & all season long.

Josh Bynes was brought back for a 3rd stint to help the LB depth via the Practice Squad. TE Eli Wolf has filed a grievance against Baltimore claiming he should’ve been placed on IR vs being cut, I do believe he won the case. WR Devin Gray & Ravens reached an injury settlement that allowed him to become a FA. Lastly WR James Proche was fined by the NFL for Mossing an WFT Defender, I thought it was great but apparently the No Fun League didn’t.

Any whoot, that’s it until next time, and until then don’t forget to check out everything & everyone on the Around The Block Network. Follow us individually or the network itself on all forms of social media. Have a great night or day everyone!