Chat with Jamison Hensley
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN NFL Nation Baltimore Ravens blogger Jamison Hensley stops by to chat and answer all of your Ravens questions.
Hensley joined ESPN.com in 2011 after covering the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun for 11 years. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son.
Send your questions now and join Hensley Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:01 PM)
Thanks for stopping by for the chat. The Ravens just made their way out onto the practice field. A lot of the talk in the Ravens' open locker room session today was the reunion with Ed Reed and the drops by the Ravens' receivers and TEs. Let's start the chat.
Jamison - Ravens defence looked much improved against Cleveland although Matt Elam looked like a rookie in coverage on the first play of the game and the near miss for the TD. Thoughts on Jimmy Smith? First time he looked like a first rounder to me - albeit against a weak WR corps...
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:03 PM)
Steve: You're exactly right about Jimmy Smith. He has to do it against the top competition and the challenge will be much greater against the Texans on Sunday. That said, Smith actually turned and looked for the ball, which is a big improvement. He even got his hand on a couple of passes. It's definitely progress.
Ryan (Hanover, PA)
Even if Rice plays this week, wasn't last week an example of why the Ravens should carry 3 RB's? Pierce was out of gas and what would have happened if Rice got hurt early in the game?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:06 PM)
Ryan: The Ravens have gotten used to Rice always being there to carry the ball. Since being named the featured back in 2009, he hasn't missed a game. So, it has never been a worry. Now, if Rice can't play, it will be Bernard Pierce and Shaun Draughn.
How would you grade gino gradkowski so far?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:07 PM)
C. The Ravens aren't happy about his play but he isn't making the mistakes that get you pulled. You hear rumblings that Ryan Jensen, who has been inactive because of foot surgery, could get a look at center when he returns this season.
Is there any more information about Rice? If you were a betting man, would you bet Rice is in the lineup Sunday?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:08 PM)
The Ravens are out on the field right now. The media viewing access (which is 30 minutes) should be up soon. My guess is he doesn't play this week. It's nothing long term. But I can see the Ravens giving him a week or two to get back closer to full strength.
Isaac Cruz (Cleveland, OH)
Status on Deonte Thompson? and could he emerge as a weapon for Joe Flacco?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:11 PM)
Thompson should come back in a week or two. But I don't see him cracking the top three of Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Brandon Stokley. He could see time as a returner, although Tandon Doss looked pretty good in that role Sunday.
Hearing about KENNY BRITT wanting out of TITANS... you think the ravens make a play on him?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:13 PM)
Not happening this year.
Peter (New Orleans)
Is Marlon Brown for real?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:16 PM)
Brown is certainly proving that each week. He has the size and athleticism to be an impact receiver in the league. At this point, the Ravens would prefer not to rely on an undrafted rookie at No. 2 wide receiver. But he's the best option the Ravens have right now. In fact, Brown has been the team's best rookie right now.
Peter (New Orleans)
Torrey Smith is supposed to be our #1 receiver, but how can he actually play that role when he's always super covered? What needs to happen for him to be able to actually have the success he's capable of?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:18 PM)
Not sure how to answer this one. Torrey Smith is tied for the team lead with 11 receptions. He leads the team in receiving yards (177) and tops the Ravens' WRs with 16.1-yard average. Smith looks like a No. 1 WR.
Hey Jamison - both J Tucker and Randy Bullock had pretty awful games last week. What are the odds this week comes down to a field goal, and if so, who do you trust more?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:20 PM)
I trust Tucker a lot more. He made 11 straight at home before missing those two. Tucker made some pressure kicks last season. Ravens have edge at kicker. Not even close.
Rod (Baltimore) [via mobile]
Of all the great things Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens front office has done why has it been so hard for this team to develop wide receivers Torry Smith being the exception, first I thought it was Brian Billick and his staff but John Harbaugh has been here for 5 plus yrs now so what is it??
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:25 PM)
That has been the position that's been the toughest to figure out for the Ravens. But the Ravens haven't really used a high pick on wide receivers recently. Since 2008, the only WR taken in the first three rounds has been Torrey Smith. The Ravens struck out bigger with Mark Clayton (first round), Travis Taylor (first round) and Patrick Johnson (second round). The Ravens have been trying to find hidden WR gems in the fourth round but it hasn't worked out.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN) (2:28 PM)
Thanks for all of the great questions. Let's try to do this again next week. Have a great rest of the week. I will be spending Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium, rooting my Terps against West Virginia. Then, I will be there Sunday working the Ravens-Texans game. Good sports weekend in Baltimore.