Potential Camp Casualties That Could Land In BaltimorePosted on June 05, 2014 by Jeremy Herskovic
With training camp rapidly approaching (albeit not fast enough), the final big stage of roster signings will soon commence. The offseason starts with the Free Agency Frenzy in March, the Draft in May, and concludes with Camp Casualties, players that have found their current teams too full to make an impact. With position battles about to heat up all around the league, let’s discuss a few names that might be written in white on the back of your favorite purple jerseys this coming season.
Wide Receiver Lance Moore
The Steelers have a crowded Wide Receiver corps (not as crowded as the Ravens’, but still too many), and have mentioned that they want to get rookie Martavis Bryant and second year player Markus Wheaton on the field. Now, I know what you’re thinking; AN-OTHER WIDEOUT!? While the Smith’s (Torrey and Steve) have the top two spots locked up, and Marlon Brown and Jacoby Jones serve as great role players, Ozzie and Co. have made it clear that they plan to build this team around Superbowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco. While additions like an upgraded O-line, Smith Sr., and Owen Daniels are welcome, you can never have too many good hands on a football field. Lance Moore is a proven veteran that can stretch the field with Smith or Jones, or find soft spots in the middle of a defense with Rice, Pitta, and Daniels. Moore, 30, would not be a long term answer, but to me a one- or two-year deal with a rookie-in-waiting, Campanaro makes sense.
Safety Rahim Moore
Loved among Ravens fans as the Broncos safety who bit in coverage and allowed Jacoby Jones to catch what would later be coined “The Mile High Miracle,” Moore is a young talent who finds himself in a crowded backfield which features newest Bronco T.J. Ward, whom the Ravens are also very familiar with. At only 24, Moore not only has a lot of football left in him, but a lot more growing and developing to do. Under Secondary Coach Steve Spagnuolo and Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees, Moore could develop into the Ravens next ball-hawking safety opposite Matt Elam. If Moore and Elam can lockdown the backfield, and 3rd round rookie Terrence Brooks can start the season as the Nickel Corner (in place of departed Corey Graham), Moore may prove to be the most valuable steal in this year’s offseason.
Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold
Saffold’s offseason has been so back-and-forth that even he’s forgetting which team he plays for. A passed physical away from being a very rich Raider, Saffold accepted a less lucrative deal this offseason to stay with the Rams. Two months later, the Rams used their second-overall pick in the draft on prototypical-NFL tackle, Greg Robinson out of Auburn. While the Rams are banking on Robinson being the team’s long-term Left Tackle, Head Coach Jeff Fisher said in a conference that Robinson will start the season as the Left Guard until he is ready to kick out to Tackle. The news of a bolstered O-line is great news for Rams fans and players; all except the player who currently holds the spot, an injury-ridden Saffold. Concerns about Saffold’s shoulder deterred the Raiders’ Front Office and may result in him not only losing his starting spot, but perhaps his roster spot as well. If this happens and the Ravens are willing to take a gamble, Saffold would be a welcomed addition to the middle of the O-line, allowing KO to kick out to Right Tackle and suring up an interior line that also features recently upgraded Center Jeremy Zuttah, and Pro-Bowl Right Tackle Marshal Yanda.
Linebacker D.J Williams
A former cornerstone in the middle of the Broncos defense, Williams hasn’t done his playing career (or his reputation) any favors with the amount of arrests and injuries he’s racked up throughout his career. The 31 year-old Middle Linebacker was released by the Broncos before the 2013 season and signed with the Chicago Bears on a one-year deal. Midway through the season Williams ruptured his pectoral tendon and missed the rest of the season. The Bears resigned him to a one-year deal for the 2014 season, but have since bolstered their Linebackers corps through the draft and signing free agents. If Williams were to wear purple and black next year, expect him to play behind Mosley and Smith. A linebacker rotation of Mosley, Smith, Brown, Bynes, and Williams could be one of the best the Ravens have seen in many years.
Offensive tackle Michael Oher
This one may be a little farfetched. Michael Oher, long time starter at Left and Right Tackle for the Ravens signed this offseason with the Tennessee Titans. After inking Oher to a four-year, 20 million dollar contract, with 9.5 million guaranteed, the Titans used their first draft pick, eleventh overall, on Taylor Lewan long-time Left Tackle out of Michigan. While it’s unlikely Lewan starts at Left Tackle for the Titans this year, if he makes a big enough impression to start training camp, the Titans may decide to go with the younger, cheaper option. If that is the case, I wonder if the Ravens would have him back (for way cheaper) as insurance on the right side, should Wagner, Jensen, or Reid not work out.