The Baltimore Ravens chat covered such topics as the need at cornerback, the impact of Dennis Pitta and the candidates to back up Jacoby Jones at returner. You can click here for a full transcript. Here are some highlights:
D'Juan (Pennsylvania): Any word on picking up a veteran CB? Asante Samuel maybe?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Don't see the Ravens picking up a cornerback until the final major cutdown. The available corners, like Samuel, are either aging or coming off injury. I expect the Ravens to stick with the group they have and evaluate them. Then, if there is still a hole, they can sign someone let go after the final preseason game.
PJ (Midlo): Hi Jamison, I hope your summer is going well. Do you see Ravens using tight end Dennis Pitta more and running more? More importantly, can the Ravens really be successful running with their OL and RBs they have?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I do see Dennis Pitta making a big impact. It's no secret that Gary Kubiak's offense is very tight-end friendly. I believe the Ravens' leader in catches this season will either be Pitta or Steve Smith. As far as running the ball, the Ravens are quietly optimistic about their offensive line. Coach John Harbaugh loves the left side of Eugene Monroe and Kelechi Osemele. Jeremy Zuttah is an upgrade at center. There will be more running lanes for Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce this year. It all starts up front.
Dio Rules (Baltimore): With the most talented WR corps in years, do you still see the Ravens running a 2 TE offensive set for most of the 1st and 2nd down situations this year?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I do because that's the history of Gary Kubiak's offense. For that reason, I wouldn't be surprised if the Ravens carried four tight ends this year. At this point, Owen Daniels (as a No. 2 TE) is more proven that Marlon Brown or Jacoby Jones (the No. 3 WRs).
Mike (Maryland): Do you predict Joe Flacco bouncing back this upcoming season and quieting his critics?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Flacco will look much better if the Ravens can protect him and run the ball. A lot of Flacco's success has come off play-action. But the Ravens couldn't sell that because they failed to establish a ground game. Based on his history, he should finish with 24-25 TDs and around 10 INTs.
Ryan (Boston): With all this talk of Ryan Jensen switching to offensive tackle, does that mean that James Hurst is struggling? Or could the Ravens possibly keep Wagner, Jensen and Hurst on the 53-man roster? Thanks!
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The reason the Ravens moved Jensen to tackle is to give him a better opportunity to get on the field. He's not going to beat out either guard, Marshal Yanda or Kelechi Osemele. Moving Jensen to tackle doesn't hurt Hurst's chances. But if the Ravens view Jensen as the top backup option at tackle and guard, Hurst could be battling someone like A.Q. Shipley for that final roster spot on the line.
Mary (Colorado): Who do you see as an alternative for Jacoby Jones as a return guy this year?