Jon Gruden seems to be hell bent on trading every young player that’s hitting their prime on the current Raiders roster. They traded away Khalil Mack for two first round pick, looking back on a move like that, history will not be so kind to them. Now they are actively shopping around second year cornerback Gareon Conley, Karl Joseph and wide receiver Amari Cooper. Both players are 25 and under and can arguably say they haven’t even their prime.
It was a drop I didn’t quite understand on draft night. Alabama’s Calvin Ridley had been expected to be the first wide receiver off the draft board for just about all of the college football season. Even before that. Take it back to his freshman year in 2015 in the SEC championship game vs Florida when he torched upperclassmen Vernon Hargreaves and Marcus Maye. Watching that game most people were thinking: “This kid is going to be a high first round draft pick”.
It was a big week for the Ravens, beating their biggest foes in the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Both the offense and the defense did their jobs to take home the win. But the Baltimore defense especially looked fantastic. Shutting out Pittsburgh in the second half on six drives. Granted they’re without their best offensive player in Le’Veon Bell. Shutting out that offense thru two quarters is impressive nonetheless. Marlon Humphrey did a great job at keeping up with Antonio Brown holding him under 100 yards on the game. Overall, the defensive unit has been great the first four games of the season.
Getting that notification that the Cleveland Browns were parting ways with their star wide out, Josh Gordon was shocking too just about everyone. Josh Gordon was finally back. He had scored the game tying touchdown last week for the Browns, he had finally gotten his act together off the field, so he could pick up where he left off in in 2013 when he had over 16 hundred yards for the Browns. Most of us were thinking why now? They’ve stuck behind the star wide out thru multiple suspensions, to cut him for being late to the facility for practice? It just doesn’t make any sense.
Going into Thursday night’s game vs the Bengals, The Ravens will only have two healthy running backs on their active roster. As you all have probably read that Kenneth Dixon will miss significant time with an injury he sustained on Sunday vs the Bills. Seems to sadly be the story of Dixon’s short career. He just can’t stay on the field. But with the running back reportedly going to miss sometime, you have to think Harbaugh has to be ready to call up one of the running backs that are on the practice squad?
We saw how well the receiver room looked as Ozzie Newsome made some much-needed renovations over the offseason. Each of the three wide receivers that the team acquired over the offseason had a touchdown Sunday afternoon. Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead IV and John Brown combined for 10 receptions, 131 yards and three touchdowns. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco did a great job of spreading the ball around on Sunday. Completing passes to nine different offensive players. It’s the best he’s looked in quite some time. Crazy what a quarterback can do when he has viable weapons to throw to, isn’t it?
When it comes time to sit at the round table two years from now and discuss things, expect the franchise tag to be among the many things they discuss. I just can’t see the players or their union for that matter wanting to keep the tag around when its gives too much power to the front offices and puts shackles around the players.