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2009 Ravens Gab Awards: Most Improved Player

This award was probably the toughest to give out for several reasons. First, I think there are a few ways to interpret most improved. Is it that player who was gotten better from one season to the next or is it a player who maybe started off slowly but finished strong? So as a result all of us had differing opinions as to who should get this one.

I’ll let the staff speak for themselves on this one.

First up Jonathan Scruggs, and his pick which was actually a tie between Frank Walker and Domonique Foxworth.

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I know, I know, but hear me out. These two players were absolutely manhandled for much of the early part of this Ravens season. But when the injury bug hit, both of them stepped up their game, buckled down, and played some truly excellent football down the stretch. No one, and I mean no one, is hard on these two as I am, but credit is given where credit it due. They kept the team burning into the playoffs.

I can follow that reasoning and in that case you may as well throw Chris Carr into that group too. He’s another guy that was just dreadful in coverage and on returns but finished strong with solid showings into the playoffs.

Next is Gene Winner, and he likes the big Offensive lineman Marshall Yanda.

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Yanda was inserted in the lineup and he solidified his spot by playing with old school gritty football. When inserted the O-line took on a more physical presence. He is a menace to opposing teams pulling and blocking like a mad man! Ray Rice is an improved player no doubt, but Yanda opened some big holes this season.

How can you not applaud the toughness of a lineman who actually likes to be tasered? Also remember that Yanda was recovering from a knee injury back during training camp and it was unsure how effective he would be and how much playing time he would receive in 2009. So I can go with that one to.

But, of course as Gene pointed out Ray Rice might also seem to be an obvious choice here. His monumental leap in terms of production, playing time and status in the league has made him a top five Fantasy player for next season.

Now as you can imagine, Mr. Rice may be receiving a few other awards that we haven’t posted yet due to his fantastic second year. But I don’t think that should stop him from winning this one. So I’ll choose Ray Rice.

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Of course that means we all split in who should get this one and I refuse to invoke my Site editor powers to break the deadlock. So I figured it would fun to see what you guys think.

Help either break the deadlock or further the discussion by throwing another player into the mix that you think is worthy of the “Most Improved” label.

In the meantime we will recognize all our potential Ravens as improved and a part of the team’s success.


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