This article is going to be about the state of the Baltimore Ravens’ run game going forward, but first, Justin Forsett deserves a proper farewell. The man has been a class act for over two years now in Baltimore.
The epitome of a team player, Forsett joined the Ravens during the aftermath of the Ray Rice situation before the 2014 season. Being an afterthought at first, many people were surprised when Forsett ran his way to his first Pro Bowl ballot.
The offensive line was great, and Joe Flacco had great chemistry with Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith, and Owen Daniels. The offense turned out to be the best in Ravens franchise history.
Forsett was given his first chance to start after five seasons and three teams across the league. He ended with 1,266 yards and 8 touchdowns along with 263 receiving yards. He became a fan favorite, and made a difference off the field, too.
This year, he helped flooded victims in Baton Rouge while the Ravens were in town for a preseason game. He also helped raise over $100,000 in water bottles and body wipes for Flint, Michigan citizens. He has been a great man on and off the field for Baltimore, and everyone is proud of his performance and legacy for the city.
Good luck finding a team and for the rest of your career, Mr. Forsett, you deserve the best.
As for the current state of the Ravens’ running game going forward: They still have question marks. Terrance West is coming off of a career day, yes. But that was against the Oakland Raider’s last ranked run defense.
Ronnie Stanley, Alex Lewis, and Kenneth Dixon are all banged up and recovering from injury. Lorenzo Taliaferro is still on the PUP list until week seven. That leaves a healthy Terrence West and Buck Allen running behind a second-string left side of the offensive line.
West has shown enough to be the featured back this week against a weak Redskins run defense. Allen has flashed potential catching passes out of the backfield, but not much else. Dixon’s preseason performance will warrant touches when he is healthy. Taliaferro hasn’t played a game in over a year, but is a dark horse candidate to be the goal-line back when he returns.
Forsett was a great mentor and veteran presence for this young running back squad. The team lost leadership with his departure, but the hope is production will go up with a feature back. It’s harder for a running back to get hot when he’s sharing half team’s rushes with another back.
Departing with Forsett was a good move for both sides. The Ravens have young backs who need the ball now, and Forsett will be able to catch on elsewhere. Baltimore also employs two young starting offensive linemen to go along with their young backfield.
Stanley and Lewis are both young, talented offensive lineman. So far their pass blocking has been better than expected. There is no reason to believe that as the year goes on they will improve on their run blocking too.
Ravens’ Alex Collins Arrested
Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins was arrested early on Friday morning following a car crash about a mile from the Ravens’ team facility, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.
Per the report: Officers responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree on the 10000 block of Dolfield Road at about 6:48 a.m. Friday morning, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.
Collins, 24, was arrested, however charges were not made public at the time of this writing.
Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun that the team has spoken with law enforcement and is aware of the situation involving Collins.
Collins is coming off a down year with Baltimore after a breakout campaign in 2017. Collins managed only 411 yards rushing in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve back in December, ending his season early.
Ray Rice Says He Is Done With Football
Former NFL running back Ray Rice, who had been working to try and get a second chance in the NFL over the past couple of years, is no longer pursuing a comeback.
“I’ll be the first one to say it; I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football” Rice said, during an interview on CBS This Morning.
“The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most.”
Rice was suspended indefinitely back in 2014 when a video surfaces showing Rice punching his then-fiancee, now wife, Janay Rice while the two were alone in an elevator.
Rice was never picked up by another team following the conclusion of his suspension, and his release from the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice said that he sees “similarities” between his situation and the one of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was recently cut loose by the team when a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hallway.
“Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other— I actually got my second chance” Rice said of Hunt, who cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
“During my darkest moments, and I used to ask myself, ‘How could she even be—want to support me?’ … That’s understandable. But I think what’s misunderstood about us is that the friends we were before the incident. That’s why, like I said, when I look at Kareem Hunt, I wanna know what his life was like. I want to know what happened in life. I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence.”
Ravens Trying To Entice Fans With Lower Concession Prices
The Baltimore Ravens are attempting to win back fans and their latest plan is making a big step toward doing just that as the team announced on Tuesday that they will reduce concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium in 2018.
The Ravens have been on a mission to bring back fans who were angered by some players’ national anthem protests coupled with their 3-year playoff drought.
A series of moves have demonstrated their efforts. The team invited fans to ask questions at a media pre-draft news conference held a question-and-answer session with fans at the team facility with owner Steve Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and also have had team president Dick Cass meet and talk to fan clubs.
While the team has sold out every game during their 20-year history at M&T Bank Stadium, empty seats grew in numbers as the 2017 season wore on, and the no-shows are very obvious.
The organization is taking this initiative very seriously.
“It’s something I would really like to take a hard look at, and at least, come up with select items that we can do,” Bisciotti said back in February of this year.
“If it means us … I can’t make Aramark do that with me, but I can make them go along as long as it’s my share of the profits that I’m waiving. Yeah, I’d like to take a look at that. I think we could probably do that.”
There is an official news conference scheduled for Thursday where the Ravens will officially announce price reductions on concessions.
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