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The Ravens are planning to slowly work Bernard Scott into the rotation. Bernard Pierce has been a lot healthier this week with his strained hamstring improving since the bye week. Ray Rice's health has improved. Whether that leads to increased production remains to be seen and it's definitely safe to question if the running game is going to be upgraded given how much they've struggled through seven games. The lack of blocking, the quibbling about the blocking schemes and the lack of elusiveness and broken tackles by the backs has all added up into a lackluster running game. Scott could provide some speed on the perimeter and an ability to catch the football out of the backfield. Whether he knows the playbook enough to contribute immediately is something to keep an eye on
Jason Campbell really impressed me against the Kansas City Chiefs with his arm strength and pocket presence. He had decent timing with Josh Gordon, who's especially dangerous. Their running game doesn't do much for me since Willis McGahee is up in years and has obviously slowed down, but they have the makings of a good passing game. They're very stout upfront on defense. Barkevious Mingo is a talented pass rusher. And they have a lot of players with at least one sack, 15 overall, for 26 sacks. Ray Horton is an aggressive defensive coordinator. And Joe Haden is emerging as a lockdown cornerback. What the Browns lack is the knowledge of how not to lose games and seem to always make a critical mistake. They'll give the Ravens a tough challenge on Sunday, though.
I think he has a decent chance to get back his roster spot following his eight-game suspension, which ends next week. The Ravens can get a roster exemption for him while they figure out what they want to do. One possibility would be to cut one of the safeties, Omar Brown or Brynden Trawick, that was promoted this week, and, if they clear waivers, place them back on the practice squad. Jackson has good speed and return skills and could help the special teams in kick coverage this season. I think he's worth a roster spot, but we'll see if the Ravens have a need for him.
Yes, in a sense. I think they will continue to utilize the three-wide receiver sets, shotgun formation and no-huddle schemes that revitalized the offense in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I don't see them throwing deep a ton unless the pass protection is consistent. What seemed to get Joe Flacco into a rhythm against Pittsburgh was a series of short to intermediate dink-and-dunk throws. That was an effective strategy. Other than Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, there isn't a lot of speed outside. Flacco has a proven connection with Smith, but it's been off lately as defenses have bottled Smith up. With Jones, the timing isn't there so far this season. They need to keep taking shots, but they've got to make more of these opportunities. Their lack of deep-pass accuracy has held this offense back this season.
I don't think John Harbaugh is okay with any of that as far as players complaining about blocking schemes or being slow to pick them up. What Bryant McKinnie was referencing is something Juan Castillo said when he was trying to get the players to be patient with their adjustment to his blocking principles. Because the players haven't taken to his schemes, the Ravens are going to use more of the basic approach that worked for them last season. There will still be zone-blocking looks, just not as much of them going forward