Unknowns remain for Ravens' running game after strong start

Steve Smith doesn't have great speed but runs good routes and has exceptional hands.

"We're going to be more balanced just naturally because we have Steve on one side and Torrey on the other," Kubiak said. "The way I was geared [in Houston], a lot of things were geared right toward Andre for those specific reasons. But I really like the fact that we can balance the field with our two receivers. I don't know how it's going to end up, hopefully somebody is making a lot of plays. They can both do it."

More screens

One major improvement in the offense so far are the screens. The Ravens have gotten the ball to running backs and tight ends while quarterback Joe Flacco has done a good job of developing them.

Last year, even with Flacco under great duress, there weren't a lot of screens or draws to slow the pass rush.

Scott loves Baltimore

In his new gig as a commentator/analyst on CBS, former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott said Baltimore will always carry favor with him.

"They gave me an opportunity when no one else would," Scott said. General manager "Ozzie Newsome gave me a chance, so Baltimore will always be special to me. The Ravens gave me an opportunity to learn the game, to sharpen my skills. The Jets just got a finished product, they got what was started in Baltimore."

Daniels quiet

No one wants to say it, but everyone is hoping tight end Owen Daniels doesn't become Dallas Clark of a year ago. Daniels hasn't exactly been lighting it up in training camp.

Reed joins us

Former Raven All-Pro safety Ed Reed has joined the cast on Showtime's "Inside The NFL," and he'll do well.

He never really enjoyed dealing with the media, but Reed knew football and studied the game well. He was a great teacher, and once he gets the delivery down he'll provide some great insight.

It will be interesting to see how he handles confrontation after criticizing players.

That's going to be fun. … Welcome to our world, Ed.

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