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    I've never seen anything like it on a Ravens' team. There's a reason teams have a 53-man roster. We will find the #2 WR. That's truly the only question mark.

    Ozzie truly is a genius.

    BTW...the Daryl Smith signing to replace #52 is actually beyond genius.




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    I have to agree with the Darryl Smith signing. He has looked awesome. We just need him to stay healthy. I think that was an issue he had at J-Ville




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    depth...we have it.




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    IF Ozzie is not the smartest GM I don't know who is. This guy is brilliant




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    If Smith can stay healthy he is one of the best
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    Smith only missed a few games before last year. If we still had Ellerbe, that would be a concern.




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    we are reallly really realy deep




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    Re: Depth

    Phil Savage tweeted this last night:

    "Last 5 SB winners and 7 of last 10 have won at least 2 preseason games. 46/60 playoff teams since '08 won 2+ (77%)"

    Now, those could just be coincidental numbers, or they could have some meaning.

    To me, this shows the depth of a team, because the majority of preseason games are played out by the #2/3's.

    So, it shows that during the course of a season, you need depth. I absolutely believe this is a large part of our success. Can teams get by having superior 1st string talent? Sure. And if they get lucky and don't suffer any major injuries they can probably do quite well. But when injury hits, and the replacements come in, how will you survive? Last year, even in a down year defensively, we were able to effectively cover for the loss of Suggs, Webb and Ray. Because of our depth. It is very important.




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    I completely agree with the depth of this team. It's because of this that I disagree with those that say preseason doesn't matter. While I don't put much stock in the 1st half, I do put a lot in the 2nd half. This is where the real game begins. These are the guys that are going all out to make the team. If your backups constantly play the other team's backups it means you have depth. It's why when injuries occurr the Ravens always have the "Next Man Up". It means when your starters are on the sideline taking a breather there's not a lot of drop off. It's why the Ravens are a perennial playoff team.




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    Ravens did the same thing last year. Once the starters for both teams left the Ravens dominated the preseason games. Same thing this year. I would not rule out a trade for a TE either.




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    For contrast, look at the Jets. No depth whatsoever and when someone gets hurt it really shows
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    Pat Kirwan was talking about our D-line depth yesterday.
    Said that our backup d-line of Williams/Cody/Spears could start for some teams.
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    I would like to trade a little of our depth for a solid #2 WR and an uninjured tight end.




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    The sacrifices we have made to the God of Depth over the past few seasons include Boldin, Reed, Mason, Heap, Gregg, Williams, Kruger, and Ellerbe. When you ask the question, "what do you get from letting veterans who can still play walk away to other teams?" the answer is this: depth.

    Ozzie does not necessarily know specifically what he will do with the cap space saved by deciding not to pay any particular veteran. But he does know, more than anyone else in the NFL, that if you pay too many of those players, you will not be able to get any kind of quality in the 40th-53rd guys on your roster. And those guys can win you football games.
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    And we learned a hard lesson when Jamaal went down and Terry Allen entered.
    And when Samari Rolle was inactive and IIRC CMac was hurt (Winbourne/Ivy/Gaston/Prude/Pittman/Martin)

    Ever since then we seem to have a RB on PS and a DB or 2.

    Yes, I really think there is a very concerted effort to have quality depth and that means sacrificing some nice players (80%/20%) to raise the bar in other areas, like having veteran linemen both D and O who are a little more pricey than rookies... like a Ma'ake or a Bobby
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