Ravens Beat Writer Samuel Njoku answers readers’ questions about Ravens heading into Week 2 matchup against Pittsburgh Steelers.
Has anyone seen Marlon Brown? Why no targets vs Bengals? — Joseph Hamilton
The Ravens didn’t play very well against the Bengals. But one of the bright spots was the play of WR Kamar Aiken. He caught 4 passes for 30 yards in some crucial situations. With Jacoby Jones, Steve Smith, Dennis Pitta, and Torrey Smith all fighting for catches themselves, there just isn’t enough passes to go around. And with their limited amount of time on the field on Sunday, Marlon Brown was doomed from the start. He’ll get his chances, but he better make the most of it.
Will we see more of Brandon Williams on the field or will it be a case of 4-5 DB sets again? – Marcus Halberstram
The Bengals had the fire power to take advantage of the Ravens suspect secondary. The Ravens tried to counter that with as much speed on the field as possible. That won’t be the case when the Ravens go at it against the Steelers. Pittsburgh will try to ride on the back of Le’Veon Bell after he went off against the Cleveland Browns. Brandon Williams is the starting NT and will be essential into bringing him down. Expect him to play —- a lot.
Do you think [Justin] Forsett will ultimately win out (more playing time) at RB over [Bernard] Pierce? — @UndertheMDsun
Forsett looked better than Pierce in camp, but the Ravens like Pierce a lot. But Harbaugh has gone on the record of saying that he’ll go with the hot hand as the team has always done. If Forsett plays like the way he did against the Bengals on Sunday, he’ll get his share of carries. But I expect the Ravens to split the carries 50-50 until both players have more games under their belt.
How much (if any) will we see out of Kyle Juszczyk? – Kenny
Juszczyk remains a big part of the Ravens plans. The Ravens were expecting a shootout due to the high powered nature of the Bengals offense, hence why you saw Baltimore throw early and often. Expect him to be on the field for at least 35% of the offensive snaps against Pittsburgh.
Over/Under 62 throws for Joe [Flacco]? – Harrison Swartz
Under – way under. Closer to the mid 30’s for him.
Does it really make a difference if Webb plays or not at this point? – Lindsey Ok
Absolutely. He’s the best defensive back on the field – wearing purple or yellow. The Ravens may decide to hold him out until Week 3 to ensure he’s at 100%.
Does the CBA say anything about double jeopardy? Seems like Ray Rice fell victim to it. – Nu’Bia
It’s hard to avoid Ray Rice questions given the current situation but this question is actually worth discussing. Rice has a couple of ways he may be able to attack this suspension if he decides to, but of course it’s complicated.
Section 4 of Article 46 states: “The Commissioner and a Club will not both discipline a player for the same act or conduct. The Commissioner’s disciplinary action will preclude or supersede disciplinary action by any Club for the same act or conduct.”
If Rice can prove that his release was a disciplinary action conducted by the Ravens, it would be against the CBA for Commissioner Goodell to enact an additional disciplinary action. Also Goodell changing his suspension from the initial 2 games to the current indefinite suspension may go against Rice’s rights as well especially if it’s found that Goodell saw the video prior to making his ruling. It’s a situation that many will watch closely as this case unfolds.