Tag:Haloti Ngata
Posted on: June 23, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 4:33 pm

Hot Routes 6.23.11: Lost in translation

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • What happens to the Bills once Ralph Wilson no longer owns the team? Could they be readying themselves for a move to L.A.?
  • The disorderly person case involving Titans WR Kenny Britt was adjourned until July 12, the Hoboken (N.J.) Municipal Court told the Tennessean.
  • If you donate to the United Way to help those affected by the Massachusetts tornados, the Patriots will match it. Up to $100,000.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:35 pm

Offseason checkup: Baltimore Ravens

Posted by Andy Benoit 

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Another strong Ravens season ended with a playoff loss to the Steelers. While a 12-4 regular season record is nothing to scoff at, in the absence of postseason success the Ravens presumably at least wanted to see more progress from their young offense.

Joe Flacco made strides in his third season, but it wasn’t reflected in his numbers. Very telling was that Flacco’s de facto mentor, Jim Zorn, was fired less than 12 months after coming aboard. Fellow third-year star Ray Rice wasn’t healthy early on and struggled to find his rhythm.

A superstar-laden defense continued to mask most of the offensive inconsistencies (and to be clear, Baltimore’s wasn’t a bad offense overall). Ed Reed was in his usual All-World form (NFL leading eight interceptions), while defensive lineman Haloti Ngata surpassed Ray Lewis and the perpetually underrated yet still well known Terrell Suggs as the brightest star up front.


Willis McGahee was stellar as the team’s backup running back and short-yardage specialist. But Le'Ron McClain, though considered a fullback, could be a cut better than that. For starters, recall that McClain rushed for 902 yards as the team’s featured ballcarrier in 2008. At 260 pounds, he’s one of the most physical lead-blockers in the game. That physicality can easily apply to short-yardage running situations.

Surprisingly, McClain is also light-footed enough to handle the rock in space. What’s more, he has softer hands than McGahee and quicker hips which allow him to catch and turn upfield. This isn’t to say the fifth-year pro is a lightning bolt, but in filling McGahee’s void, he’d be an upgrade.

If McClain became the No. 2 running back, the Ravens could still use him as the primary fullback. In that case, they would just need to find a No. 2 fullback (if they want someone other than incumbent Jason McKie). A No. 2 fullback can be had on the cheap.

1. Wide Receiver
This somehow is a need every year in Baltimore. The addition of Anquan Boldin has given Joe Flacco a true go-to target, though watch closely and you’ll see that Derrick Mason was actually Flacco’s first option whenever the chips were down last year. Mason is 37 but shelved his annual retirement vacillation early this offseason. Even with his return, a long-term replacement must be sought. And in the short-term, that long-term replacement could fill the No. 3 receiver void if petulant T.J. Houshmandzadeh and non-achieving Donte’ Stallworth are not brought back. In that case, consider the Ravens not just in need of a wide receiver, but rather, a speedy wide receiver. There’s no one on this offense fast enough to stretch the field at this point.

2. Running Back/Fullback
GM Ozzie Newsome will wisely not pay Willis McGahee the $5 million he’s owed in 2011, so a backup to Ray Rice is needed. Fullback Le'Ron McClain could fill this void (as mentioned above) but either way, depth is an issue.

3. Cornerback
Getting Domonique Foxworth back healthy helps, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be the same as before his knee operation. Lardarius Webb is arguably the best deep ball defender in the NFL, but he lacks size and might be better suited for a No. 3 role (the jury is still deliberating). Josh Wilson came on strong down the stretch, making cornerback a less dire need than it’s been in recent years. But Wilson is not under contract long-term.

The Ravens remain stacked on both sides of the ball. If Flacco can take that next step (which includes having greater presnap authority in shifting formations and plays, as well as throwing more over the middle of the field) the rest of this offense will follow.

Defensively, Ray Lewis is aging, but he’s surrounded by enough stars to still thrive. The expectations for 2011 are pretty simple: win the AFC.

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 4:32 pm

Ravens place franchise tag on DT Haloti Ngata

Posted by Will Brinson

Thanks to the contract Washington handed Albert Haynesworth (among others), 2011 is an expensive year to apply the franchise tag on a defensive tackle. But the Ravens don't seem to mind (for the moment), used their tag on Haloti Ngata.

The team announced the news on Tuesday afternoon via their official Twitter feed and also noted that "signing the two-time Pro Bowler long-term has been a top priority."

[Related: Franchise Tag Tracker]

Ngata, a dominant force on the Ravens' defensive line, registered 65 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2010. He now stands to make upwards of $12.50 million, which is a significant jump from the $7 million-ish that franchised defensive tackles made last season.

It's unsurprising that they used the tag -- it had been reported they would for some time now -- though, because Ngata is such a critical component of their defense.

Labor issues loom, of course, but expect the Ravens to lock Ngata up to a longer deal once the league gets pointed in the right direction again.

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Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:49 am

Hot Routes 2.10.11: Panthers the new Chargers?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports is whipping through a Top-40 list of NFL Draft prospects. Ryan Mallett (who checks in at No. 37) is at one point called a "statue with a cannon attached," if that makes you feel good about your team maybe drafting him. It shouldn't.
Posted on: January 31, 2011 9:01 pm

Report: Ravens will tag Ngata

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Ngata Assuming the NFL plays next season and assuming the franchise tag survives into the next CBA (and all that jazz), the Ravens will franchise tag DE Haloti Ngata, NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports.

Ngata had perhaps the best season of his career in 2010, totaling 63 tackles, 5 ½ sacks and five defended passes.

At this point, the Ravens move is essentially meaningless because of the labor negotiations. But it simply shows the Ravens want to bring him back, though if they didn’t, that would be an even bigger story.

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:18 pm

McClain fined $40K, Ngata $15K for hits Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

Outside of the super end-of-game series from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, two plays in particular stood out -- Haloti Ngata's hit on Ben Roethlisberger (that ended up with Ben's nose getting crunked) and Jameel McClain's helmet-to-helmet shot on Heath Miller.

The latter even prompted Greg Aiello to tweet, during the game no less, that it was likely to draw a fine. Well, Aiello's tweeted again, confirming that McClain was fined $40,000 for his shot on Miller, and that Ngata was fined $15,000 for his illegal blow to the head on Roethlisberger.

Josh wrote following the game that the NFL needs more consistency with their flag-tossing when it comes to illegal hits (McClain wasn't even penalized for the hit on Miller, though it was an obvious illegal shot) and that's still true.

But at least give the league credit for making sure that there's some consistency in the money that's coming out of players' pockets, even if it would be nice to make sure that some of the hits that take place on the field are more properly identified by the officials at the time.

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Posted on: October 23, 2010 4:54 pm

Ravens nearly drafted by Bills happy not to be

Posted by Will Brinson

It goes without saying that when you get drafted, you are PUMPED about the team that takes you, even if it's like Buffalo. Or Jacksonville. Or Oakland. (And actually, you are amped about going to the Raiders, because they'll overpay you.)

Only later, when you leave your first NFL city can you talk about how much you hated it. You may also dog that city, if you were nearly drafted by the team that plays there but eventually passed on by said team. Like half of the Ravens, apparently. Or just Michael Oher and Haloti Ngata.

"I thought I was going to get picked there," Ngata said. "But I'm happy now that I'm not."

Oher was less direct, but it's obvious he's pretty happy that the Bills egged by grabbing Aaron Maybin instead of the movie star tackle, even if Bills fans are cheesed about the pick.

"I heard about it," Oher said of Bills fans' anger. "But they picked who they wanted. They picked the best player for them. That was who they drafted."

In other words "Please don't make me start talking about how scared I was."

Those guys happen to be on the Ravens, but the truth is that the Bills are just bad at drafting. 

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: October 17, 2010 12:10 pm

AFC Inactives, Week 6

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s who IS active: Texans DE Mario Williams, Texans WR Jacoby Jones, Chargers LT Marcus McNeill, Browns QB Brett Ratliff (psst, he’s Colt McCoy’s backup), Browns RB Peyton Hillis (he’ll start), NT Haloti Ngata.

On to the inactives:

Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs:
He was a late addition to the injury report, after hurting his finger late in the week. Without Chambers, Terrance Cooper could get more work, and don’t forget that QB Matt Cassel still has TE Tony Moeaki.

James Sanders, S, Patriots: He originally replaced an injured Brandon Meriweather a few weeks ago, and now, Sanders has a hamstring problem. Look for Jarrad Page to move into Sanders’ role.

Terrence Wheatley, CB, Patriots: He returned to practice this week for the first time this season, and New England was hoping he could contribute this week to a young secondary. He won't.

Jared Odrick, DL, Dolphins: His rookie season is quickly becoming a disaster. He played in Week 1, but he’s been set back by a hairline fracture in his leg ever since. There was some thought he could play this week, but obviously, he’s not.

Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers:
Patrick Crayton will get the start in place of Naanee.

Josh Wilson, DB, Ravens: He’s been bothered by a sore hamstring, but it was thought he could play today. The big loss for Baltimore is his kickoff returning ability. Expect Jared Parmele to take his place.

Charlie Batch, QB, Steelers: With Ben Roethlisberger's return, Byron Leftwich officially takes over the Steelers backup job.

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