Originally Posted by lasteel
??? Ravens older? They add a TE who is an ancient 31 to a 1 year deal. Steve Smith is older, but fast and agressive. Their offense is young, OL is young or in prime. WRs Brown was a rookie, Torrey Smith is young, Pitta is young. They also have Jones in his prime. + several developmental projects from last year at TE and WR. They are young on defense as well, especially in the secondary. Ravens aren't old. They also have a lot of draft picks
1,2,3,3,4,4. Newsome uses the compensatory pick system to perfection picking up salary cap released players and making fair offers to his own players, if they accept the deal fineif not he lets them walk and takes the compensatory pick. Ravens have 3 comp picks in 2015 already. It's what the we USED to do years ago. Kubiak brings in a familiar face, knows the system and Kubiak uses a 2 TE formation. Gronk? Can't stay healthy for 3
weeks in a row. Graham is a beast best in NFL for sure. Daniels turned down GB and Washington. He was on pace to have his best season ever last year, but broke his leg. Rather broken leg than a ligament tear or knee.
Steve Smith isn't fast. The Panthers were looking, and currently are looking for a burner because Smith is a move-the-chains receiver. He has solid hands, but he's 36 years old.
Their offensive line is average. While they upgraded at Center (anything over Gradkowski was an ugprade), Zuttah isn't strong in pass protection. He seems to be solid in the run game, but struggles against bigger, more athletic defensive tackles. They have questions at Right Tackle and RB - what the hell happened to Ray Rice?
The Ravens added older pieces because they had to. Those so called "developmental pieces" are nowhere near being ready. Would they have added Steve Smith if they thought Marlon Brown was capable of being a steady receiver for this team? There was a reason why Smith's phone was only being called by 3 - 4 teams - no one wanted him. Following your logic, we have developmental receivers in Derek Moye and Justin Brown - should we stay away from drafting a receiver? Obviously not.
lol. Gronkowski is the best Tight End in the NFL - period. Daniels has had just as many injuries and missed games as Rob has, yet you're arguing injury history? I don't understand. He's never cracked 1000 yards, and would be a fourth read in the Ravens' offense.
You're basing this around the idea that the Ravens' offense can do no wrong. But I digress, you're the same guy who said Osemele was a better Guard than DeCastro.