...gonna take 3rd down carries away from Musa Smith??
Ravens to add to McGahee's workload Carries -- and questions -- increase for running back By Jamison Hensley | Sun reporter July 27, 2008
"There is no question in my mind that Willis McGahee can be a three-down back," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. "I think this is the right time in his career to do it. With his ability, there is no reason why he shouldn't excel on three downs."
McGahee was on the field only for first and second downs last season, when the Ravens used Musa Smith as the third-down back.
As a result, McGahee had only 337 touches, seventh among the NFL's top 10 rushers last season.
There were times when he asked for breathers during a game, which caused some to question whether he was in optimal shape. In his return game to Buffalo, he was given fluids intravenously after a 46-yard touchdown run.
"The goal for me is to stay on the field," McGahee said. "I didn't stay on the field as much last year. [But] that's last year, and this is a whole new year."
I've been waiting for years to hear those words. I don't even care if they are true or not...it is good to hear it, finally. Maybe McGahee will actually propel my team rather than just bum along for the ride.
More on Terry injury Uh oh, the Ravens are in trouble. Left offensive tackle Adam Terry was already suspect for the upcoming season, but he was carted off the field with an ankle injury this morning. It was inevitable because Terry had been hobbling the entire training camp. He had surgery on the ankle during the offseason.
It doesn't appear likely Terry will return anytime soon, so the Ravens' already bad offensive line situation becomes even worse. Now starting at left tackle for the Ravens is Mike Kracalik, who has spent the past two seasons on the practice squad. And starting at right tackle is Oniel Cousins, a rookie out of UTEP who should be on the practice squad. If the Ravens have to start these two players, cancel Christmas. They'll be lucky to win three or four games.
You could tell general manager Ozzie Newsome was working the phones checking around the league for tackles. When he wasn't on his cell phone, he was on the field talking with coach John Harbaugh. I haven't seen Newsome on the field this much since his playing days. There isn't much out there left on the free agent market as far as tackles. The Ravens should have signed former Oakland Raider Barry Sims when he came to Baltimore to visit during the offseason. Sims signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
Boy, the O-line situation doesn't look to good right now in Baltimore.