Steve Davis: Get Ready To See Ravens 2nd-Year Players Get Time
One of the takeaways from the team press conference Wednesday was that you will see more of the 2013 draft class getting playing time. Don’t assume that because they didn’t play much in 2013, that the rookies turned second year players might not have some great players among them.
Only Matt Elam played a lot among the draft picks, and of course undrafted receiver Marlon Brown was a tremendous bright spot. Whether it’s Arthur Brown, Brandon Williams, Ryan Jensen, Ricky Wagner or others, some will blossom.
Let me give you some examples that should leave you encouraged:
Jarrett Johnson had one start in his first two years.
Lardarius Webb had four starts in his first two seasons.
Art Jones was only active for 2 games in his rookie year and now he’s going to be absolutely loaded.
Dennis Pitta had just one reception in his rookie season.
Remember Bart Scott and Adalius Thomas started out as special teams players.
You get the point. The Ravens need to get better, but don’t expect all the new contributors to come from outside the organization.