Everyone has bad habits. Some people try to quit smoking, others try not to drink and drive more than a couple times a week, but for the Baltimore Ravens, it’s all about trying to rid themselves of light workloads for Ray Rice. For whatever reason, this seems to come up every year. If you watch the Ravens on tape, you’ll see their passing-attack is most balanced and fluid when Rice is involved. Across three games, Rice has only touched the ball 41 times. Apparently, Head Coach John Harbaugh took notice.
Harbaugh told reporters on Wednesday that the team would do everything in its power to get the ball into Rice’s hands more often. Citing the need to create more plays for the passing-game, Harbaugh hinted that Rice would have more opportunities as a pass-catcher moving forward. While Rice attempts to fully recover from a hip injury that kept him out of Week 3, the Ravens would be advised to cut back some of Bernard Pierce’s touches and let their workhorse do his thing.
Jacoby Jones is known for his hands of stone, his performance in last year’s playoffs (specifically vs. the Broncos and 49ers), and for being eskimo brothers with one of my boys.
Bryant McKinnie is simply known for being a massive 6’8 – 352 pounds and for his acts of despicableness as a party-goer on Fred Smoot’s boat party.
Bottomline, it doesn’t take ” rocket appliances ” to figure out that McKinnie would be better served to celebrate his birthday somewhere other than on a Washington D.C. party bus, involving strippers and Jacoby Jones. According to TMZ, a ratchet stripper named “Sweet Pea” swung a humongous bottle at Jones, connecting with his head. As Jones bled from his head, some of his Ravens teammates attempted to go after Ms. Pea, but their attempts were thwarted by McKinnie.
Also according to the report, an ambulance was originally called “for a bleeding male,” but no one departed for the hospital. Police have yet to make any arrests, but this situation could get sorted out as the week goes on. Stay tuned.
Julian Edelman – The harsh reality for us Patriots fans is that with Shane Vereen out for at least 4 weeks due to wrist surgery and Rob Gronkowski still not practicing in full, the Patriots receiving corps is leaning heavily on oft-injured Danny Amendola. Considering Edelman pushed the durable Wes Welker for playing time last year, until injuring his hand, Edelman has plenty of upside in a potent offense that has limited mouths to feed. Playing on a whopping 83 of 94 snaps on Sunday, Edelman finished with 7 receptions for 92 yards and 2 TDs. One of Tom Brady’s few familiar faces, Edelman should get plenty of targets moving forward. Still available in 24% of Yahoo leagues, Edelman is a must-add.
The Bottom Heist: Even if you’re in a 10-team league, you should be taking a look at Edleman. ESPECIALLY, if your league counts return yards. In standard return yards leagues of 20 yards per point, Edelman is a solid WR3 with back-end WR2 potential, if he can stay healthy.
Marlon Brown – Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues and just 2% of ESPN leagues, Brown should be a popular add to owners’ WR charts in standard, deeper leagues. With Jacoby Jones sidelined from a sprained MCL, Brown will be the direct beneficiary in Jones’ absence. The undrafted free agent out of Georgia totaled 65 yards on 4 receptions and a TD in his NFL debut vs. the Broncos. Look for teams to lock-down Torrey Smith with double coverage moving forward, as Marlon Brown, not Dallas Clark (or Brandon Stokley) will get an influx of targets.
The Bottom Heist: Don’t worry about cast-offs like Brandon Lloyd coming in for work-outs and climbing ahead of Brown on the Ravens depth chart at WR.