On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Aug. 25, 2016 1:00 PM EDT Live Press Conference Head coach John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following practice.
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 6:30 PM EDT Live Pregame Show Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail preview the Ravens' preseason matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Live Game Audio Broadcast Listen to the live WBAL broadcast of the Lions vs. Ravens on BaltimoreRavens.com or in the Ravens mobile app.
  • Tue., Sep. 06, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Paint The Town Purple Help us paint the town purple! Visit M&T Bank Stadium on Tuesday morning or the Maryland State Fairgrounds in the afternoon to have your car stenciled with the official Ravens logo.
  • Wed., Sep. 07, 2016 8:00 AM EDT #FindTheFlock Scavenger Hunt Locate one of the six LED Ravens letters spread around Baltimore on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and you could win great prizes by using the hashtag #FindTheFlock! Clues will be provided Wednesday morning via the Ravens Snapchat account, so stay tuned and make sure to follow BLTRavens on Snapchat!
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT Ravens Wired See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by Comcast Sportsnet's Brent Harris.
  • Sun., Sep. 11, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EDT Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.
  • Sat., Sep. 17, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.

News

Print
RSS

The Case For Ravens Pro Bowlers

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Vote for Torrey Smith, Justin Tucker and more for this year’s Pro Bowl.


The Pro Bowl is undergoing a major change this year, but fans will still vote on the players involved.

Instead of the AFC facing the NFC, the voted-in Pro Bowlers will be tossed into a pool and team captains will select who they want on their squad, fantasy draft style.

So who are the Ravens that deserve to be picked?

Here’s a case for a few:

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE RAVENS AT BALTIMORERAVENS.COM/PROBOWL

WR Torrey Smith
Stats: 54 receptions, 952 yards, 4 touchdowns
NFL Rankings: 14th in receiving yards, 5th in yards per catch, 4th in catches over 20 yards
Smith has had a breakout season. He’s done it despite the struggles of the Ravens passing attack and getting more attention from defenses with the departure of Anquan Boldin and injury to tight end Dennis Pitta. Smith came into the league as a burner with a knack for taking the top off defenses. Since then, he’s rounded into more of a complete wide receiver who has beaten teams with a variety of different routes and combinations.

K Justin Tucker
Stats: 29 field goals made, 27 consecutive successful field goals
NFL Rankings: First in field goals made, first in field-goal percentage
Tucker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November. Outside of two misses in Week 2, Tucker has been Mr. Automatic all season long. He’s been flawless from under 40 yards and hit clutch kicks too, including a game-winning 46-yarder in Cincinnati. Tucker connected on four field goals against the Jets and five versus Pittsburgh.

OLB Terrell Suggs
Stats: 68 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
NFL Rankings: 9th in sacks
Suggs has had a huge rebound season after logging two sacks last year. He hasn’t notched a sack in the last four weeks, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t made an impact. He’s averaged just as many pressures as in the prior weeks, yet just hasn’t gotten the sacks. Suggs is also a strong force against the run and is even sometimes used in coverage, separating him from other outside linebackers who pin their ears back and go for the quarterback. He’s a critical part of the Ravens defense.

OLB Elvis Dumervil
Stats: 27 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
NFL Rankings: 8th in sacks
According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Dumervil has been far and away the Ravens’ best defensive player. He has a 23.1 rating while the next closest (Suggs) is at 11.1. Dumervil has had the most pass-rush productivity in the NFL among outside linebackers and is one of just two at his position that hasn’t missed a single tackle. He shares time with Courtney Upshaw, so he isn’t as much of an all-around linebacker as Suggs. But he’s been a force off the edge and leads the Ravens in sacks.

ILB Daryl Smith
Stats: 95 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions
NFL Rankings: Tied for 18th in tackles
Some pundits feel Smith has been the key to Baltimore’s defense all year long. Smith has done a bit of everything for the Ravens this year. He’s been a tackling machine inside and is excellent in pass coverage for being a big inside linebacker. He returned one interception for a touchdown. Smith has missed just two defensive snaps all year long.

SS James Ihedigbo
Stats: 75 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions
NFL Rankings: 14th in tackles among safeties, tied for 10th in interceptions for safeties
Ihedigbo doesn’t have the name recognition of other safeties, but he’s playing at a very high level this season. He’s PFF’s eighth-highest rated safety in the NFL, and fifth best in the AFC. Ihedigbo has been strong against the run and good in coverage. He’s been a major leader for the Ravens defense on and off the field.

CB Jimmy Smith
Stats: 44 tackles, 11 passes defensed, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble
NFL Rankings: Tied for 23rd in passes defensed
Smith has come into his own this season, especially over the past couple months. The former first-round pick (2011) ranks second only behind Tampa Bay’s Darrelle Revis in yards per snap allowed in coverage over the past seven games, per PFF. He’s second only to Tennessee cornerback Alterraun Verner in cover snaps per reception. Smith has allowed just 20 catches over the past nine games. He has always had the size and speed, but has turned into a smarter, more professional player this season.

DT Haloti Ngata
Stats: 33 tackles, 1.5 sacks
Ngata hasn’t put up the numbers this year, but his opponents would still say he’s one of the most talented defensive tackles in the game. Ngata has played more inside, eating more blockers than in years past. He hasn’t gotten as many sacks (5 five last year), but is still very strong against the run. He can be a dominant force. Ngata has been to the Pro Bowl every year since 2009.

RG Marshal Yanda
Like Ngata, Yanda is quite simply one of the best at his position, even though he hasn’t put up many highlights and doesn’t get much acclaim. He’s allowed just two sacks this season. Yanda has gone to the Pro Bowl the past two years.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE RAVENS AT BALTIMORERAVENS.COM/PROBOWL

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos