Ravens Training Camp: Joe Flacco Leads Offense To Great Start
As the Baltimore Ravens training camp kicked off last week, nothing but controversy has hit this team.
Last week's loss of Domonique Foxworth for the entire season (torn ACL) only brought negativity from the media to this team.
Questions began to rise like whether or not the Ravens can be a Super Bowl contender with a weakened passing defense. Many feel the offense will have to carry this team to their first ring in over a decade, which doesn't seem likely to some writers.
However, the Ravens offense has begun showing its potential as one of the more balanced in the league. In the first few days of camp, we are seeing the hype this unit is receiving.
Joe Flacco Is Working Well With New Teammates
The chemistry that Flacco has built up with his new teammates isn't becoming a surprise to many. He has been working out with the new weapons since mini-camp. It is fair to say Flacco is ahead of schedule.
Anquan Boldin has been the talk of the Ravens offense. His acquisition gives Flacco a number one threat that not only improves Flacco's game, but the talent around him as well.
He has avoided the injury bug thus far, and it has showed. From his deadly slant attacks, to getting a few long balls from Flacco, Cam Cameron and Jim Zorn are finding out the strengths and weaknesses of this offense pretty quickly.
Stallworth, Dickson Are Biggest Surprises At Camp Thus Far
The bigger story, though, are Donte Stallworth and Ed Dickson.
Stallworth has been quite a surprise. Not only is the work ethic there, but he is much faster than expected. Stallworth is a great third option on this offense. He is a perfect fit for the slot.
Projected to be facing third string corners, Cam Cameron is confident in having him as an advantage in the passing game. They are confident he will succeed against single coverage.
As for the rookies, it was tight end Dennis Pitta getting the attention on the offensive side of the ball.
But for now, tight end Ed Dickson is fitting right in as his athleticism has opened a lot of eyes over the past few days.
Quite a few times we have seen Flacco throw to Dickson. He then spins around the defender, and the rest is history.
Whether you are a fan, or a follower of the team, there has to be love for Dickson. He fell to day two of the NFL Draft, but is off to a good start in camp.
The Ravens offense went through changes in the off-season, as plenty of new faces joined the club.
This unit seems to be coming together pretty quickly in the few days camp has been opened.
Though they weren't the biggest points of the article, we can't forget Ray Rice, Derrick Mason, Leron McClain, and Willis McGahee, who are adjusting to the new players in the offense, and most importantly, the new and improved playbook.
From speaking with other writers, the biggest improvement will be needed in the red zone regarding Joe Flacco. Everyone is still becoming familiar with the offense, and the anticipation is rising to see the high-powered offense of the Ravens hit the field in August for some pre-season action.
Within the next few days, you will continue to see more thoughts from Ravens camp, including Marc Bulger, the Ravens defense and more.
Matt Miselis is a Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.
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