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onthebus36
09-04-2007, 05:16 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/03/AR2007090301101.html

Ravens Talk With Agent For Leftwich

By Camille Powell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 4, 2007; Page E04

The Baltimore Ravens are among the teams that have spoken with agent Tom Condon about former Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich. General Manager Ozzie Newsome told the Baltimore Sun that he has had "a couple of small conversations" with Condon about Leftwich, who was released over the weekend.

The Ravens liked Leftwich when he was coming out Marshall; they tried to move up in the 2003 draft to take him, but ran into a last-minute snag. Baltimore wound up with Kyle Boller instead; Boller struggled as a starter and now is in his second year as the backup to Steve McNair.

Baltimore is comfortable with Boller as the backup because he knows the offense, but he is entering the final year of his contract and his future with the Ravens is uncertain. Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, a fifth-round draft pick who struggled during the preseason, is the third quarterback on the roster. . . .

The Ravens will wait until the end of the week to determine what their offensive line will be for the season opener against Cincinnati. Pro Bowl left tackle Jonathan Ogden is recovering from a hyperextended big toe and began practicing last week, but the team is hopeful that he will be ready Monday night.

The Ravens could start Adam Terry, a third-year tackle who performed well when he filled in for Ogden in the final two games last season. Terry started at left tackle against Atlanta last Friday, and rookie Marshal Yanda stepped in at right tackle. Rookie Jared Gaither (Maryland) started the first three preseason games at left tackle.

Safety Ed Reed (thigh bruise), wide receiver Mark Clayton (ankle) and cornerback Samari Rolle (ankle) -- all of whom missed the preseason finale in Atlanta with injuries -- returned to practice yesterday.

Preacher
09-04-2007, 05:31 PM
Gotta admit. I don't like that. Ravens with Leftwich as backup gives them depth at QB they never had before. leftwich has hurt us. This would just make this a much tougher division, because when McNair goes down, the Ravens won't just fold.

Steelerstrength
09-04-2007, 06:27 PM
Can someone please explain what a "small conversation" is?

Also, I'm hoping that the Crows can't afford Leftnut, because he will just ask for too much$$$. McHairless always goes down, every season. (That can be taken way out of context) So I think Leftnut will go into this deal believing he wil be the starter very soon, thus asking for starters salary.

MasterOfPuppets
09-04-2007, 06:39 PM
i can see this happening, mcnair has to hang it up sooner or latter. boller's contract is up,and the ratbirds know there's no future with him as starter....it makes sence.:coffee:

fansince'76
09-04-2007, 06:42 PM
Gotta admit. I don't like that. Ravens with Leftwich as backup gives them depth at QB they never had before. leftwich has hurt us. This would just make this a much tougher division, because when McNair goes down, the Ravens won't just fold.

Like I said in another thread, Leftwich = a slower, fatter version of Kordell Stewart. Leftwich didn't come into the league until 2003, which was over a year after realignment and we no longer played the Jags twice a year. Brunell used to hurt us, not Leftwich. Since Leftwich came into the NFL, the Steelers are 1-2 against the Jags - one of those games being a complete giveaway by Turnover Tommy.

xXTheSteelKingsXx
09-04-2007, 08:21 PM
I really don't mind it. If McNair goes down then they just got a second rate, immobile Qb. I don't think that it was Leftwich that hurt us, I believe it was the Jacksonville D.

Livinginthe past
09-04-2007, 08:37 PM
Considering the general lack of quality across the NFl in terms of QB's I would hesitate to call Leftwich 'second rate' although he may well be 'second tier'.

In Jax he never really had any decent receivers or a receiving TE (as far as I remember) of any quality - the team was built around a strong running attack and a smothering D.

I guess Baltimore do the same, but just a little better...on the defensive side anyways.

A guy like Byron needs his receivers to be able to create seperation early so he can make the read and rocket the ball there - the problem being the Ravens probably don't have too many of those types of receivers on their roster either.

For his career he is 51/36 TD/INT which isn't great - and he probably doesn't have the mental make up to sustain long drives by checking down.

Jman
09-04-2007, 08:51 PM
He still had some of the tallest receivers in the league, and most times, you take advantage of that. Was it a one-sided issue? Maybe. Maybe not. I'd lean more on Leftwich's issues as opposed to the receiving core. But that's me...

Livinginthe past
09-04-2007, 09:19 PM
He still had some of the tallest receivers in the league, and most times, you take advantage of that. Was it a one-sided issue? Maybe. Maybe not. I'd lean more on Leftwich's issues as opposed to the receiving core. But that's me...

Since when did having tall receivers become the major factor in the passing game?

It might help with jump balls in the endzone, but it doesn't help with sharp route running or the ability to seperate from the DB.