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State of the Ravens Review

Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti and the rest of the front office held their annual “State of the Ravens” address Wednesday. Bisciotti touched on several subjects as he fielded questions from the media.

First he reiterated his support for Cam Cameron and the direction of the Ravens offense. He felt that the group was steadily improving and that making a new hire would destroy any sense of stability in that area. He also praised the development of Joe Flacco and admitted that he still doesn’t get why he’s criticized so much. He feels that Flacco is just hitting his stride and is entering a “sweet spot” in his career with the years five through ten as a professional.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome spoke about attempting to re-sign Ray Rice and Ben Grubbs this season and Joe Flacco’s extension looming for next season. It sounds as if Grubbs probably won’t be back due to cap constraints.

He also discussed the Ravens off-season needs – Offensive Line, Receivers, and Pass Rushers.

The line had an uneven season and with the contracts of both Matt Birk and Grubbs up this season it looks like the Ravens will have some new faces up front again. Of course as Newsome, said you can never have enough pass rushers and that means maybe they attempt to get a bookend on the other side for Terrell Suggs. I also think that this is the last season for the Sergio Kindle experiment. If he isn’t able to make an impact he may not be here in 2012. But I was most interested by the comments about the receivers. Lee Evans is set to make under 5 million next season, could he be released to clear up cap space?


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