Ravens may not have booked Leach's departure

Ravens may not have booked Leach's departure
May 2, 2013, 1:30 am
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The math seems simple, right? Add one fullback, subtract one fullback.

The assumption would be that when the Ravens drafted Harvard’s Kyle Juszczyk in the fourth round over the weekend, veteran Vonta Leach should have put a moving company on alert. Despite Leach’s exalted status among NFL fullbacks, teams just don’t carry two of them. Lots of teams don’t even carry one fullback. And here comes a rookie, young, less expensive, so it just makes sense …

Well, as Quick Draw McGraw used to say, hold on thar, Babalooie. (Kids, ask Grandpa about Quick Draw.)

It seems there is a chance the Ravens would keep both Leach and Juszczyk on the roster, BaltimoreRavens.com says.

“Could there be a place for both of them? Yes, there could be,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “Because as John [Harbaugh] and I try to put our 53-man squad together, we want to keep the best 53 players.”

Because Juszczyk isn’t strictly a fullback, he actually could fill the roles of multiple players, thus opening the possibility for the two to occupy roster spots.

“He is a very versatile player,” coach Harbaugh said. “He is a guy that can play as a fullback in a two-back offense. He is a guy who can play as a U-back or an H-back, an underneath back in the motion, second tight end, two-tight end stuff. … And he splits out and plays as a wide receiver a bunch for Harvard.”

The tight end possibility is especially intriguing, given that the Ravens didn’t draft one. And if that helps keep Leach around, so much the better.