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Nice article by John Eisenberg. It gives and over view of how young this team is becomming over night.

 

He calls the Ravens Generation Next.

 

The purge amounted to a bugle call signaling the arrival of the Ravens’ Generation Next.

 

On offense, second-year tight end Ed Dickson, a 2010 third-round draft pick, is replacing Heap, and receiver Torrey Smith, the team’s second-round pick in 2011, has replaced Mason in the early days of camp. Right tackle Jah Reid, this year’s third-round pick, also is running with the starters in camp and seemingly could earn a starting spot if he holds up.

 

Defensively, Terrence Cody, a 2010 second-round pick, has officially been anointed as Gregg’s replacement, and cornerback Jimmy Smith, the team’s 2011 first-round pick, is expected to earn a starting spot at some point in this season.

 

That’s as many as five possible first-year and second-year starters -- Dickson, Cody, Reid, Smith and Smith – and wait, there’s more:

 

Sergio Kindle, last year’s top draft pick, is showing signs that he is recovered enough from a skull fracture to possibly have a role rushing the passer.

 

Dennis Pitta, a fourth-round pick in 2010, is going to back up Dickson at tight end and have a larger role.

 

Rookie receiver Tandon Doss, this year’s fourth-round pick, is turning heads with his route running and soft hands, and could earn playing time, as could second-year receiver David Reed, whom the coaches like.

 

Suddenly, there are young guys – basically the high end of the past two drafts -- poised to contribute all over the place.

http://www.csnbaltimore.com/pages/landing?blockID=545406&tagID=9870

 

PS.....

9 of the Steelers defensive players are over 30. They'll be good, but slower.

It's youth and speed vs age and experience.

Roll the dice.

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Yeah, I think we had to take these steps to get younger. I don't know if we're a better team than last year's or if we'll go deep in the playoffs, but it is nice to see the younger, faster guys getting a shot and taking over.

 

I have a lot of concern about our offensive line depth, some concern about depth at RB too. But so far as the overall direction of the team is concerned I'm happy.

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Doss is going to surprise a lot of people and people forgot how much the coaching staff loved David Reed last year. Don't forget James Hardy either, the guy has plenty of talent and could benefit a lot from this fresh start in Baltimore. We've got guys that have produced a lot in college and will do the same in the NFL. My only concern right now is at Right Tackle.

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Doss is going to surprise a lot of people and people forgot how much the coaching staff loved David Reed last year. Don't forget James Hardy either, the guy has plenty of talent and could benefit a lot from this fresh start in Baltimore. We've got guys that have produced a lot in college and will do the same in the NFL. My only concern right now is at Right Tackle.

...and Center, and OL backups.

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