Ravens Sign Bernard Scott- The Ravens have been looking to add a third running back to their roster for a few weeks now, and multiple media outlets are reporting that the Ravens have chosen former Bengal, Bernard Scott. With backup Bernard Pierce dealing with nagging injuries and Ray Rice starting to get healthy, the team felt the need to add insurance in case Pierce couldn’t play this weekend. There is no corresponding roster move, as the Bryant McKinnie trade left an open spot on the roster.
Ravens trying to add WR before deadline- CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora is reporting that the Ravens are one of several teams that are deep in the process of trying to add a wide receiver before the trade deadline. Here are a few of the candidates that LaCanfora has mentioned as potential targets for these teams in search of receiver help.
- Kenny Britt- Tennessee: Britt has had off the field problems and also has had problems staying on the field with constant injury problems, but there is no doubt that Britt is a talented receiver. The former first round pick comes with that risk, but for a mid to late round pick it wouldn’t be too big of a risk. I don’t expect the Ravens to go after Britt based on his background, but Ozzie Newsome isn’t afraid to take chances on troubled players.
- Josh Gordon- Cleveland: I don’t expect this to happen at all for two reasons. First, the Browns wouldn’t want to trade Gordon to a division rival considering how dangerous he is on the field and wouldn’t want to face him twice a year. More importantly, the asking price is supposed to be a second round pick and Newsome treasures those high picks and wouldn’t take a risk on Gordon, who has also had problems off the field as well.
- Hakeem Nicks- NYG: This could be an interesting option considering Nicks has some similar traits to former Raven, Anquan Boldin, but the problem is Nicks will be entering free agency next year and the Ravens have already taken a risk on trading for a player with an expiring contract. Nicks might not come cheap either, but I think he fits the Ravens offense the best out of all the options.
Rice plays big after bye- ESPN’s Jamison Hensley this morning wrote about the success Ray Rice has found coming off bye weeks. Rice has averaged 91.5 yards in the four games he was the featured back after the bye week. Rice is starting to get healthy, so it would appear that this trend could continue this weekend agains the Browns, who gave up over 100 rushing yards to the Chiefs last week. Rice has had two weeks to get healthy, and the coaching staff has had time to re-evaluate the strategy for the run game, so look for this area to improve Sunday.
Campbell to start- Ever since quarterback Brian Hoyer went down with an injury, the Browns have struggled to find consistent play from their quarterbacks. The Browns have announced they will be starting Jason Campbell for the second straight week after a solid performance against a great Chiefs defense. Campbell almost threw for 300 yards, didn’t throw an interception, and finished with a quarterback rating over 100. It is good news for the Ravens, as they will have all week to prepare for Campbell, instead of having to also prepare for Brandon Weeden.