not too bad for a HB/TE
also very good blocker
not too bad for a HB/TE
also very good blocker
The more I see this kid play, the more I think he's going to be a tight end/ H back on our team, and maybe we go without a full back altogether. Rice and Pierce are both very productive out of one back sets and this kids ability to motion out and play the slot is legit.
If Caldwell has him, Pitta and Ed in, teams will have to either send out the heavy d to stop the run, and then we have 5 legit receivers to send out, or they'll have to go nickel and we'll be able to run straight at the spot a linebacker should be.
I think he adds a level of flexibility to the base offense that Leach simply doesn't, even though leach is definitely a better pure FB
You can shift him from behind Joe, out to the Jacoby and Pitta side of the formation for a bunch or trips look which has its own benefits, but would in particular draw the attention of the deep safety, thus putting Torrey (lined up opposite the bunch/trips side) in a 1-on-1 situation.
Maybe the best benefit is that just like a LB will struggle to cover Ray, he will struggle even more so to cover Juice with his far greater slot/spread familiarity and coverage recognition.
He may end up similar to Walker in how the Ravens utilize him, but he already has better hands and runs crisper routes than Walker. Walker had an epically bad drop rate last year with 9 drops off just 30 catchable targets. And it's not like last year was just an anomaly as he was at or near the top of the list for TEs in 2011 as well.
i think people need to see that video above a few more times...we still need that
and leach can catch the ball out the backfield, haven't seen him drop one yet.
I think everyone agrees Leach is awesome and a great Raven, but the fact remains when he is in the game our offense is very predictable. Kj adds some unpredictability to the offense if he is on the field.
Interesting to see what the Ravens have planned for both leach and kj
Another option would be to have Juice replace the Bajema role; blocking TE, special teams, occasionally spell Leach, etc. as they bring him along. There's room for Leach + Juice if they want them both on the team
I absolutely love Leach as a player and in the lockerroom, but paying a fullback with another now on the roster $4.3 million isn't going to happen. I hope they keep him at the going rate for his position of around $2 million. I think Leach is a great player and a very good WR and does everything well. But, his price is too high. With his cap reduction (if he accepts an offer a shaves 2 million off) + Pollards cap releif in June gives the Ravens close to $5 million in cap releif to go with the room they have now= about $8 million total, you can do some things with that. Plus, now after the draft some more players on rosters that carry a higher price tag or have been replaced can hit the market and now a new market has been created. Still like to see McKinnie/Starks at LT (what we have on the roster wont cut it), and like to add a veteran CB or S for depth, and possible WR could now emerge. I wouldn't mind adding SS/CB Charles Woodson for a year or two to show the ropes to Elam and Jimmy Smith, the guy can still play and probably at this point only wants to play for a winner. I stlll would like to see Dansby on a two year deal as well. I am not ready to turn the keys over to a rookie and rely on both McClains.
Leach a cap casualty?
If I were Ravens fullback Vonta Leach, I'd be a little nervous these days.
Once the Ravens cut special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo, Leach became the next man up, so to speak. If the Ravens need salary cap room, they might ask him to take a pay cut or cut him. Leach is expected to make $3 million in salary this season and count $4.33 million against the cap.
I think Leach is here to stay, unless a guy like Jason Peters is cut. That would be a good use of the cap savings.
IMO, this guy isn't a threat to Leach or Dickson.
He's another "tweener" and will lilkely take the spot of Billy Bajema.
He'll play special teams and give us some more versatillity on offense as a fb/te.
He's not as good on pass pro in the pocket, because he's a tad smaller and gets bullied backwards like most runnign backs do.
But he's got good feet and can stick a block if he's at TE. He also hits the hole quick, and gets to the second level well and can catch the ball if he comes out of the backfield.
Like this pick.
Joe Linta is his agent. not really important but i find it interesting.