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Joe Flacco is hurt/been hurt and Tyrod Taylor left a little early this game after taking a big hit – so this one degenerated down into a battle of Ryan Mallett versus Nathan Peterman (11-23 for 53 yards, 0 TD/0 INT) for much, too much of this game. So, once again, with these two teams that we really can’t get an idea of their offense or how the weapons are progressing because there’s literally no quarterback play happening.
It was another nice performance for the Baltimore defense, but it got me to thinking that Baltimore has looked pretty good on defense all preseason…but we also have to consider they’ve played a bunch of garbage teams this preseason. They opened against Washington – who I proclaim the worst looking team in the 2017 preseason. They’ve then faced Jay Cutler trade turmoil Miami. Here they faced a very flimsy Buffalo offense. I might have to be a little cautious on my Ravens defense enthusiasm
Just an FYI, Buffalo traded Reggie Ragland this week – the Sean McDermott Godfather style execution of all of their problems continues. It won’t be long before LeSean McCoy departs. McCoy makes way too much money considering what he brings to the table…the lowest position (RB) on the NFL totem pole.
If the Bills start out slow in the regular season, I could see them dumping several players and just tanking the season – something to consider trying to bet them on the ‘over’ for win totals this year.
Fantasy player notes…
— A running back who I like as a sleeper in the mid/late rounds of a pre-draft is Terrance West (5-17-0, 1-6-0/2). Everyone is so up the ass of Danny Woodhead they can’t see straight – but he’s done nothing this preseason, is one of the oldest running backs in the NFL, and is coming off multiple knee injuries. Terrance West may be the only legitimate running back the Ravens have. I also know John Harbaugh loves him. I also know he’s a pretty solid NFL Rb.
When you’re looking for RBs for depth and value – why over look West a for sure starter/main carry guy and obvious goal line back for this team? He could also catch the ball pretty well if Woodhead struggles/gets hurt — this is Terrance West’splayground until further notice.
— Jeremy Maclin has had a quiet preseason, but again consider he’s working with Ryan Mallett and that’s like not even working with a real quarterback. Sailing under the radar still. He’s the Steve Smith of the Ravens for 2017 — the guy that’s going to get all the targets.
— The Ravens really pushed Josh Woodrum (8-13 for 55 yards, 1 TD/0 INT) in this game, and I’m starting to get the belief that they see what I see – he should be their #2 quarterback no questions asked (and a Flacco hit away from #1). If the Ravens cut Woodrun and keep Mallett, I write off this team for 2017. You cannot trust the management team that could watch this preseason and chooses Mallett over Woodrum. The first person who says ‘experience’ should be fired – who cares if all the ‘experiences’ is awful? My experience says Ryan Mallett should have already been out of the league.
— Bills rookie WR Zay Jones (3-28-0/8) looks really good this preseason, but it’s hard to get fully excited when Nathan Peterman can’t throw him the ball properly.
And just a note – Josh Woodrum, available for free to anyone who wanted him all first 6 months of 2017, is better than Nathan Peterman on Peterman’s best day…but Peterman is going to be starting for the Bills at some point this season and Woodrum will be on waivers. The NFL never fails to disappoint in making the same mistakes over and over again.