After speaking to me Monday, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome made it perfectly clear that the Ravens were interested in trading to upgrade their entire football team, not just at cornerback. While Newsome wouldn't go into specifics, the Ravens could use more depth on the offensive line at the guard and tackle positions. I still don't think Oniel Cousins or Tony Moll are the answer at right offensive tackle even though Moll has been solid filling in for the injured Jared Gaither. The best solution is still to move right guard Marshal Yanda to right tackle and Chris Chester at right guard until Gaither is healthy.
The Ravens might also want to pick up a fullback. If they trade backup running back Willis McGahee, or starting halfback Ray Rice gets injured, that leaves fullback Le'Ron McClain as the starting fullback, and probably doubling as the No. 2 running back. The only other fullback the Ravens have on the roster is rookie Mike McLaughlin, a converted linebacker from Boston College, who might make the developmental squad, but certainly isn't ready for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Washington is a concern
I'm to the point where I'm not concerned about Fabian Washington's playing ability, but his durability. Every time he gets near a football field, he gets hurt. That's another reason the Ravens are in the market for a cornerback. These little corners stay in the training room.
Regardless if receiver Mark Clayton has recovered from his mild concussion, the Ravens should keep him out of the game Thursday night against the Rams. With concussions, sometimes the symptoms are gone, but a big hit can cause the concussion to return. It's better to just rest Clayton and have him ready for the opener against the Jets.
Rein in E. Jones, Mason now
Ravens coach John Harbaugh might want to have a little talk with TE/OLB/DE Edgar Jones. This guy was involved in a couple of fights in training camp, and then took a cheap shot at one of the Giants on the sidelines. That kind of behavior can cost a team, so Harbaugh might as well nip it now. Ditto for receiver Derrick Mason, who not only drew a penalty, but needed a GPS system to find his way to the field Saturday night after he failed to post for pre-game introductions.
Troy Smith's value
No 3 quarterback Troy Smith should have no problems makings the final roster. When you can run as well as Smith, you are the perfect stop gap solution for a team that needs a quarterback for only two or three games. Plus, Smith knows the offense, so he has become a valuable asset.
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