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NFL Team Report - Baltimore Ravens - INSIDE SLANT
Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett is already familiar with the team's revamped offense installed by offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Houston Texans. So Forsett is part player, part tutor when it comes to advanced knowledge about the details of the zone-stretch running play that represents the heart of the Kubiak system.
"The guys ask me any questions about any wrinkles or anomalies," Forsett said. "I try to break it all down for them. I've been in this offense for a while now. I just want to stay sharp and not miss any opportunities."
Forsett has made some impressive cuts in the open field, eluding defenders since joining the Ravens this spring via a one-year, $730,000 contract. Forsett has also displayed sound hands out of the backfield and could figure into the Ravens' plans as a third-down back and a change of pace on first downs.
The 5-foot-8, 197-pounder could prove especially valuable early in the season when star running back Ray Rice will miss the first two games while serving a two-game suspension for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy.
"Definitely, we all are going to be ready to pitch in," said Forsett, who has rushed for 1,692 career yards and eight touchdowns with 115 receptions for 850 yards and one score. "We have a lot of talent and we're excited to put it all together."
On defense, Ravens inside linebacker Arthur Brown is running second on the depth chart behind rookie first-round pick C.J Mosley.
Brown is expected to divide playing time with Mosley, a consensus All-American selection last year who won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker.
"C.J.'s a great player who's come in here and taken on a role and is learning fast," Brown said. "He has the talent, so there's a good opportunity for him. The coaches have said that it's a competition and we all have to be ready. We're interchangeable. I'm sure there will be playing time for both of us."
After being drafted in the second round last year out of Kansas State, Brown spent the majority of his rookie season being utilized in pass coverage as a nickel linebacker. The former Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year recorded 15 tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble in 14 games last season.
"Absolutely, Arthur is playing better now than at any point last year," linebackers coach Ted Monachino said. "As a cover linebacker, still can be dominant down-in and down-out, but as a run-game linebacker, he's playing very well. What you see out of him is the result of a lot of great preparation in the offseason."
NFL Team Report - Baltimore Ravens - NOTES, QUOTES
--The Ravens' defense absorbed another hit this preseason.
Starting cornerback Lardarius Webb is expected to miss at least half the preseason with a lower back injury.
Webb has been sidelined since experiencing back spasms during the second day of practice. The Ravens are holding out some hope that Webb, who had offseason sports hernia surgery, could be back by the third preseason game.
"He's has some things going on in there that aren't long-term things," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I'm not going to give you the exact diagnosis of it, but it's probably as much as me as anything. This early part of camp, I just don't want to put him through this on his back. He's had sports hernia surgery also. There's still some scar tissue in there.
"I would just rather keep him out of this first part of training camp, and we'll just see how it feels more toward the end of camp. He probably won't play in the first two preseason games. Maybe he'll play in the third one, maybe not. It's not that important to him. I want to get him right."
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