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McGahee? McGahee? McGahee?

I can just imagine it now. Coach John Harbaugh, clipboard in hand calling off the names in a Ben Stein monotone during OTAs this week.

Each time getting the same response.


Perhaps some rookie maybe even fellow running back and noted preacher Cedric Peerman would pipe up and say that he heard from a friend, that knew this guy that Tweeted last night that they saw Willis in Las Vegas last night.

Gotta to love Ferris Bueller references.

First, let me start by saying that these Organized Team Activities (OTA) are not mandatory. So an easy excuse can be that he had made other plans and that he is “working out” on his own. That could seem feasible if just about every other player who wasn’t healing from injury wasn’t already there.

The most notable exceptions are Terrell Suggs, who is playing the same game he did last season when he was franchised and Haloti Ngata, who is finishing up his degree. Willis appears to be working his arms pulling back the slots.

This isn’t the first time that people have questioned the work ethic of McGahee. It’s hard to even label him as a problem on the team because he would actually have to expend effort to badmouth somebody. He appears bored at times and to call him stoic would be a compliment.

Apparently fans aren’t the only ones getting tired of his act. I can now see clearly why the Ravens drafted Cedric Peerman out of Virginia. He’s a reliable player, tough runner and excellent character guy. And why they moved Le’Ron McClain back to fullback. McClain will still get carries but the team felt that he was out of gas by January. That leaves Ray Rice, who should blow up next season in my opinion to battle it out for carries with Willis. Let’s guess out of these players who is working on their game at camp.

Everyone else but Willis McGahee.

But, here’s the rub. Ozzie Newsome, who has made plenty of fantastic personnel decisions and I think would love to have the acquisition of McGahee back, can’t just release the running back. That would cost 11 million against the cap. I double checked it. That’s a chunk of change riding on the whims of Willis.

I do think there is still hope. Willis has showed great grit and determination in his career before when he had to come back from that knee injury at the Fiesta Bowl and he had some big moments in 2008 ripping off big runs and running tough inside. Of course we all now the bone rattling hit he took during the AFC championship game.

He can do it. He has shown it before. He just needs to want to and that inspiration is something that the staff will need to figure out before this deal goes down as one of these worst trades in Raven history.

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2 Responses to “McGahee? McGahee? McGahee?”

  1. I hope he gets it together, Willis is a great runner when his mind is in the right place, btu he is definitely shown he has lazy characteristics. I read that Ray Rice bulked up some and looks great in OTAs so the competition is there, we’ll see how he fares this season

  2. Matt says:

    I do too. He’s still shown he has the ability. Rice will be a much bigger part of the offense this year and Cedric Peerman may play a role too. The Ravens also seem to like Jalen Parmalee who has been for OTAs. Money or not, Willis is runnig out of chances if he doesn’t get things straight.

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