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ENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
"FOR THIS OFFENSE to have success, it needs to be able to run the ball. Quarterback Joe Flacco regressed last year, and I think part of that was because the defensive pressure got to him. He's not a player who can just drop back and beat you with his arm; he needs a successful running game to open things up. I would be shocked if he had a breakthrough season.
You know who is going to have a breakthrough season? Receiver Torrey Smith. That dude is fast. He ran by us a few times. He doesn't have many routes in his tree, but he'll be a more polished receiver now that he's had a full off-season.
Anquan Boldin is starting to show some age. He was never fast in his heyday, but he was able to get separation from defensive backs with his body. He doesn't do that as well now. I bet his numbers go down again.... The team got Jacoby Jones, formerly of the Texans. Don't expect him to play much on offense. He'll be a return guy.
The tight ends, Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, have come on a lot. I like Dickson better—he's faster—but they're similar. Both can line up anywhere, and both need to improve at the point of attack.
What more can you say about Ray Rice? The guy gets 350 touches a year. I don't know how the little guy does it. But don't be surprised if the coaches try to limit the pounding on him and give more snaps to Anthony Allen or rookie Bernard Pierce. And watch out for Pierce. He has a future in this league."
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