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Gurode makes Ravens stronger at vulnerable spot

Posted on: September 4, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2011 5:52 pm
 
The Baltimore Ravens just got deeper with the addition of Andre Gurode.

I know, he didn't play all that well last season. He didn't play all that well this summer, either. Yeah, so he's a five-time Pro Bowler, but the Cowboys didn't think enough of him to keep him around -- which should tell you something. They want to get younger and more athletic up front, and Gurode didn't make the cut.

So the Cowboys let him loose, and Baltimore acted quickly to sign him.

Smart. If there's one area of concern with the Ravens it's their offensive line, which they continued to juggle into the preseason. Matt Birk is the Ravens' starting center, but he's been out since Aug. 3 when he underwent knee surgery. He insists he'll return for the season opener, but if he's not the club just added a safety net.

With Birk out, the Ravens were starting Bryan Mattison, son of the team's former defensive coordinator, and from all accounts he did a decent job in preseason. But he's a converted defensive lineman who last season played offensive guard after he was promoted from the practice squad.

So he's a bit of a question mark, and if Birk wasn't ready to go he was next in line. Gurode is not a question mark, and now he's next in line. Signing him gives Baltimore strength and depth at a key position. He's experienced, he's decorated and he's ready to step in if Birk isn't ready.

Smart move, Baltimore.








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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Gurode makes Ravens stronger at vulnerable spot

We needed OL depth and this signing gives us interior help. I thought New England was going to sign him after he visited on Saturday. Nice Move Ozzy!


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