With summer officially underway, here are five Ravens who will feel the heat when training camp begins in July.
Joe Flacco, QB – He’s directing a new offense and is coming off a disappointing season in which he threw 22 interceptions. Outwardly, nothing seems to faze Flacco. But there’s no doubt the microscope will be on him in 2014. He needs to set the tone with a strong camp.
Gary Kubiak, offensive coordinator – With an impressive track record as an offensive coordinator, the early feedback on Kubiak’s offensive system has been nothing but positive. But if the offense sputters, even during preseason, guess who will get much of the blame? With Kubiak's job, that comes with the territory.
Haloti Ngata, DT – He wants to finish his career with the Ravens, but they could save $8.5 million on the salary cap by cutting him next offseason. If Ngata wants a new cap-friendly deal like Terrell Suggs got, Ngata needs a healthy and productive 2014.
Bernard Pierce, RB – Coming off shoulder surgery, and with Ray Rice likely facing an early-season suspension, Pierce will be expected to step up in September, when the Ravens face the Bengals, Steelers, and Brown in their first three games.
Ray Rice, RB - The reasons he’s facing heat are obvious. Rice is lighter and seems focused. But will Rice look quicker and elusive with the pads on during preseason? And will time away from the team during his anticipated suspension set Rice back?