We have reviewed and gone over the Baltimore Ravens season opening loss to the Denver Broncos, and it is not time to turn our attention to this week and the Cleveland Browns. Today we will look at the players who will need to make the biggest improvements from last week to this week for the Ravens.
When the opposing quarterback ties the NFL single game record for touchdown passes in a game with seven, obviously there are going to be a lot of defensive players that will need to improve, but we have not let the offense off the hook either.
Smith, who was on the field a lot for the Ravens in the opening game, will need to do a much better job this week. Jimmy, who has struggled in his time with Baltimore since being drafted in the first round in 2011, had a golden opportunity last week to prove he can be a big time contributor for this team, but we saw him get beat a number of times on Thursday. The secondary woes were certainly not all his fault, far from it, but his play will have to improve.
Signed this offseason as a free agent, Huff was considered a viable addition to the Ravens back end, but he did not have the best of games Thursday Night. He may have had the worst game of anyone on the Ravens defense, but most of that seemed to be from a lack of good communication amongst the secondary, which he has to improve on. If you have played or watched football, it is not difficult to understand that communication in the secondary is absolutely key to the team’s success and Huff has to be a leader in the secondary in regards to communication.
Clark had a difficult night for the Ravens on Thursday, despite what the final numbers may suggest. He dropped several passes that hit him right in the hands, including a pass that would have went for an easy touchdown. Baltimore worked out two tight ends yesterday, including the former Patriots and Giants tight end Jake Ballard, so Clark will have to improve this week as he may be playing to keep his job.
The tight end woes Thursday did not end with Clark, as Dickson was almost a no factor in the game. He too had issues with dropped passes, but the most disturbing performance of Dickson’s night was in regards to blocking. He is considered to be a better blocker than a pass catcher, but Dickson struggled on both accounts Thursday, and Cleveland should provide him with an opportunity to get back on tract in both situations.
There are several other players that would tell you that they have to get better this week, and rightfully so, but we believe the above mentioned four players are the ones who need to improve the most from week one to week two.
Who do you think needs to improve this week? Is there someone we should have put on the list that we left off? Are we being too harsh on someone? Let your voice be heard by posting a comment!
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