Who's Ravens' MIP?

Who's Ravens' MIP?
July 19, 2013, 11:00 am
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Who is the most important member of the Ravens? By the figuring of NFL.com’s Adam Schein, it’s new outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

Schein has listed the most important player for each team in the league. He’s defining “important” this way: “We're identifying the guy who needs to achieve -- and overachieve -- for the team to reach its potential.”

You could name any number of players who fit that definition, starting with quarterback Joe Flacco to receiver Torrey Smith to rookie safety Matt Elam. But we won’t quibble too much with Dumervil.

Schein writes: “It's a new era for the Baltimore defense. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed aren't walking through that door. Key Super Bowl contributors Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Cary Williams left for big paydays. Dumervil has a knack for getting to the quarterback. He left Denver after a fax snafu abruptly made him a free agent. There will be big pressure to deliver. I bet he will.”

In the rest of the AFC North, Schein picks quarterback Andy Dalton for the Bengals, cornerback Joe Haden for the Browns and safety Troy Polamalu for the Steelers.

Of the latter, Schein says: “Pittsburgh has holes, but Polamalu could cover them if he went back to picking off passes, forcing fumbles and issuing bone-crushing hits. Unfortunately, I don't see it happening in 2013.”