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Ravens have camp to prepare for showdown with Steelers

  • By Pat Kirwan
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Baltimore Ravens
Owings Mills, Md.
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Where is the pass rush?
The Ravens ranked 27th in the NFL for sacks last year with 27. Unless they develop or sign a pass rusher opposite Terrell Suggs, teams will continue to slide protections to his side of the field. The big hope in camp this summer is that the team sees a healthy Sergio Kindle for the first time in his short career. If he's ready, Kindle has the pass rush skills to get to the QB.
Can a rookie offensive tackle do it?
Gone is veteran Jared Gaither and in his place could be rookie Jah Reid, a third-round pick from Central Florida. It's going to be a lot to ask of him to block LaMarr Woodley from the Steelers among other pass rushers the Ravens play. Woodley has 8 1/2 sacks against the Ravens in his career and has beaten better and more experienced tackles than Reid. Joe Flacco has been sacked 29 times while going 2-6 vs. the Steelers. And Baltimore's opener is against -- you guessed it -- Pittsburgh.
Who is the backup running back?
Recently released Willis McGahee was very productive coming off the bench and spelling Ray Rice. This camp will tell us if the Ravens can replace McGahee. There are at least four guys looking to win the job, but in the end the Ravens may have to tap into the free-agent market for a solid second back.

Top position battle

The Ravens added two potentially explosive offensive weapons in the 2011 draft, selecting Torrey Smith in the second round and Tandon Doss in the fourth round. Who should play more?



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