Former Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta and linebacker Jarrett Johnson are moving upstairs to the radio booth on a more permanent basis in 2018.
As noted by former Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints director of new media Chris Pika, the 2018 edition of the Ravens media guide – available on the team’s website – lists Pitta and Johnson as the color analysts under play-by-play man Gerry Sandusky. Pitta and Johnson will call games on a rotational basis for the Ravens this season.
Pitta and Johnson two of four different former Ravens to work broadcasts last season. Running back Justin Forsett and tight end Todd Heap rotated games last season with Sandusky and full-time color analyst Stan White.
What’s more, most of the teams labeled as a 3-4 also play one-gap rules, making them nearly the same as a 4-Wade Phillips’s Rams are the best example.
That’s the hard thing, says Buckner, when asked to categorize his division rival’s defense. They’re called a 3-4 but they still play ‘under’ fronts. An under front is when the 3-technique aligns on the weak side—like he often does in Saleh’s 4-I feel like they’re still emphasizing penetration. It’s like they have a 3-4 scheme but instead of really reading and reacting, their D-linemen are getting more vertical.
The Texans signed Colvin to a four-year, $34 million contract after he didn’t allow a touchdown last season. Pro Football Focus ranked him third among slot corners as he allowed 0.75 yards per catch.
He will play an even bigger role in Houston.
Truthfully, I did want to play some outside, Colvin said. It’s about winning my one-on-ones. It gives myself the best chance to make a play.
The sky-high expectations Love faces this season are a product of his success. A year ago, he was asked to step into the massive void left by 2015 Heisman Trophy runner-up and 2017 first-round draft pick Christian McCaffrey. Now, after deciding to pass on the draft in favor of a senior season in Palo Alto, Love is a virtual lock for preseason All-America teams and he is showing up as an early favorite on Heisman Trophy watch lists. He belongs there. Love is a 5’10, 196-pound burner with the big-play pop and carry-to-carry consistency to deliver a prolific season to follow up the one that included a Power 5–leading 2,118 rushing yards on 8.05 yards per carry and 19 rushing touchdowns.