Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
We all like to get good news more than bad news. But if you have to have both, it is better if the bad news is not as bad as the good news is good … did you follow that?
The Baltimore Ravens got a mix of good and bad news in the past 24 hours. Chris Canty has re-signed and will actually now be back with the team rather than lost to free agency. The bad news is that Bernard Pearce has been cut after a DUI infraction on Wednesday.
Many of you have probably seen this tweet from WBAL connections that, if true, is very interesting and reveals a sense of awareness and responsibility hitting an individual just a bit too late …
The best news is that the Ravens are exercising a zero tolerance policy on this sort of off-field behavior. Would that all other professional teams rise to the same standard! The drinking scene just ain’t worth the price – never is, IMHO.
But back to football … The Ravens have the fortune of having re-signed Justin Forsett after his fantastic 2014 season, and Lorenzo Taliaferro looked great from day one of camp and throughout the year. A full season of experience should serve him well. The Ravens may well have planned in any event to draft a running back this year with a high pick, and this may well solidify that decision in a class reported by many to be rich in quick feet.
After some original promise, Bernard Pierce has been a disappointment in not seizing the opportunities presented by a premier back’s terrible season of 2013, nor in the absence of the aforementioned’s problems of a year ago (That player’s name is largely banned from The Baltimore Wire). The Ravens can move on now to new players and new opportunities.
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It really is greater news that Canty will be back to help again with the strong Ravens defensive front, even in the loss of Hiloti Ngata. Brandon Williams is still the big plug at the center of it all. And rookie Timmy Jernigan showed great promise at the end of 2014.
Beyond whatever the Ravens may be able to do through the draft, so much of the success of the defensive front will come down to Kapron Lewis-Moore finally being healthy, along with Brent Urban. Urban’s unfortunate injury prevented the Ravens from seeing exactly what they had in the former UVA star, but early returns looked very promising.
So, the sun is shining in the land of the Ravens. There are some great linebackers behind the defensive line. And beyond that, fans are going to have a lot of new players to watch, and that is not an entirely bad thing at all.