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Rookies Add Stability

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Michael Oher, Lardarius Webb and Dannell Ellerbe provided stability to their perspective positions and all three have benefitted from playing experience in their first NFL season.  With these new players emerging, the team can concentrate on upgrading other positions in the offseason.

RT Michael Oher, solidified his spot and could easily compete for left tackle.  The first round pick excelled this season, he is a great talent.  Oher is a total team player putting the team above his personal accolades. He handled the celebrity of his story well—with the book and movie. In fact, he decided not to get involved with all the hype and passed on the movie premier. When asked about the movie or book he answered it by discussing how he needs to improve and be there for the team. As a player he is an upgrade to our offensive line and made huge strides this season. Oher is a natural and in his rookie season had to fill in at left tackle for 4 games. Oher has proven to be a quick learner, has great technique, aggressive and finishes plays.

CB/KR Lardarius Webb is an impact player.  The cornerback/kick returner seemed to always make plays and brings a physical presence to the secondary. He’s a player who was not in many teams’ radar in the draft.  At first he was inserted as a kick returner and added spark to the position. Averaging around 29 yards per carry and had a return for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos. At cornerback where this team needed him after Fabian Washington’s injury, Webb excelled as well.  Unfortunately, Webb had a knee injury and hopefully he’ll make a speedy recovery after already having knee surgery.  When Webb comes back from rehab he will have some catching up to do. But he will eventually work himself back into the line up at the cornerback position.  

OLB Dannell Ellerbe may have solidified himself as heir to OLB Bart Scott. As my colleague Matt Jergensen said, “It is Ellerbe’s job to lose.”  Ellerbe was an undrafted free agent out of Georgia. A quick learner this season, Ellerbe has a good feel for the position and is a hard hitter.  After the team experimented with different linebackers, Ellerbe was the right fit and the team put him in as a starter late in the season.  Ellerbe had dropped down in the draft selection due to a previous injury.  Many fans were wondering how he made the team after being sidelined during training camp; the coaches did a great job evaluating this talented linebacker. He has the ability to understand the defensive schemes and made important plays this season.

RB/KR Jalen Parmale. Though not a true rookie, it is important to note that Parmale saw consistent action as the team’s kick returner after Webb was sidelined. Parmale picked up where Webb left off finishing with a 31.4 kick return average. A running back as well, Parmale gives the Ravens some depth at the running back position. He was signed by the Ravens from the Dolphins’ practice squad on December 9, 2008 


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