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Ed Dickson, 2 TE Sets!  – 

In his news and notes column, Matt Bowen, former NFL safety, envisions tight end Ed Dickson giving defenses a problem with ‘2 tight end sets.’

 “…Finding a way to get the athletic Dickson on the field in the Ravens two TE sets will allow them to be creative and get the ball down the field. Don’t be surprised to see Dickson align away from the core of the formation in situational roles and become a matchup issue for defenses. A tough draw for any safety in the league.”

“Preseason soothsayers have Super Bowl faith in the Ravens” –

 A glimpse into who’s picking the Ravens to win the Super Bowl and other interesting forecasts.

 “..the Baltimore Ravens have a couple of believers among the glossy preseason magazine crowd.  Two publications —Lindy’s and Athlon— have picked them to win it all…“

“To Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, whose team added weapons such as receiver Anquan Boldin, the buzz about his team is justifiable. “We believe that we have the team to do it,” he says. “We’ve believed that the last couple years.”

“Depth puts Ravens in position of Strength” –

Kevin Cowherd,, details the Ravens depth at key positions and states, All in all, you’ve got the deepest Ravens team in recent memory.’

“All jacked up about the Ravenschances this season? I don’t blame you…..Ravens fans are ready for some football, especially with all the solid offseason moves the team made in an all-out attempt to win the Super Bowl.”

“Then there’s wide receiver, where the Ravens really got deep….And it’s that way up and down the roster…”

”The-Ed-Reed Factor”

Matt Bowen has an excellent article detailing the nuts and bolts on how Reed impacts opposing offenses. Bowen also describes the challenges the secondary will face without Reed.

“As we know, the Ravens are a pressure defense. When they put Reed in the deep middle of the field, and play a form of Cover 1—or use a zone blitz scheme—he can take away any inside breaking route. Think of the post, the skinny post, and the deep dig (15-yard square in). Those are eliminated because of Reed and his ability to recognize route schemes and use his ball skills….You take that away from Baltimore and there is a hole in the defense….”

“Boldin expects big results with Ravens”

ESPN AFC North blog has an interview and article on Anquan Boldin.

 …And Boldin knows what people are saying: “Let’s see how he does without Larry Fitzgerald demanding the double-team.” What does he say when he hears that?

“I didn’t play with Larry my rookie year [2003], and all I did was catch 101 balls for over 1,300 yards,” he said. “But don’t get it wrong, Larry is a great guy, he is a great football player. He definitely made my job easier. But at the same time, I went out and did the same for him.”

First for Thirst:  Ravens ready take step”-

Sporting News predicts those teams that finished second last year will finish first this year, the Ravens being one of them.

“Baltimore has won three playoff games the past two years without the benefit of hosting one. So it’s easy to forget the promising Joe Flacco-John Harbaugh era has yet to produce an AFC North crown. …The Ravens’ chances to both win the division and go on to the Super Bowl were boosted by the addition of wide receiver Anquan Boldin to help Flacco. That has new teammates, including fellow wideout Derrick Mason, high on the team’s chances.”

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