Ok, so it’s still over a week away, but when the Ravens are the defending Super Bowl Champions it is exciting to see them getting so close to beginning their journey for a repeat.
Joe Flacco was all of the talk in the postseason, and rightfully so as he threw for over 1,100 yards with 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. After one of the greatest postseason performances by an individual player in NFL history, Joe signed his mega deal to keep him in Baltimore.
All eyes will be on Flacco and this offense as they look to become even more potent and will be in their first full season under Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell. We saw the offense open up a little more and use the middle of the field once Caldwell took over and with wide receiver being such a thin position for Baltimore this season (so far), fans can expect Flacco to spread the ball around.
Both Kyle Juszczyk and Aaron Mellette will hope to make an immediate impact as rookies this year and arriving at the same time as Flacco will only help their chemistry with the Super Bowl MVP.
A few other rookies that will look to make an immediate impact will be on the defensive side of the ball courtesy of Matt Elam, Brandon Williams and Arthur Brown. Elam will look to win a starting spot in the secondary as he competes with Michael Huff and James Ihedigbo at safety. Williams will be in a crowded defensive line battle, but will likely see some substantial playing time if he can prove he can make the jump from Division II to the NFL level. Lastly, Brown, who is expected to be 100% at the start of training camp as he recovers from Sports Hernia surgery this offseason, will be looking to win a starting spot at inside linebacker.
Football is getting closer Ravens fans, and before you know it, the 2013 Opening Night game in Denver will be here!
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