‘O’ reach­ing for a higher note

Ravens work­ing to bring back free-agent cen­ter Zut­tah Team look­ing to find of­fen­sive rhythm with healthy starters

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

The Ravens’ quest to add depth and ex­pe­ri­ence to their in­jury-rid­dled of­fen­sive line has led them to a fa­mil­iar face.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, they are close to a deal to bring back free-agent cen­ter Jeremy Zut­tah, who was re­leased by the San Fran­cisco 49ers on Aug. 9. Zut­tah is also con­sid­er­ing the In­di­anapo­lis Colts.

The Ravens traded Zut­tah, 31, to the 49ers in March in a move that was more about get­ting big­ger and younger at cen­ter than cre­at­ing salary cap space. When word leaked that the Ravens were plan­ning on re­leas­ing Zut­tah, the 49ers ex­pressed in­ter­est in trad­ing for him.

San Fran­cisco agreed to send a 2017 sixth-round pick (No. 186 over­all) to the Ravens for Zut­tah and a later 2017 sixth-round se­lec­tion (No. 198 over­all). The Ravens used that pick to se­lect Vir­ginia Tech safety Chuck Jeremy Zut­tah “Let’s just try and get the flow go­ing. I don’t care if it’s pre­sea­son, prac­tice, what­ever it is. You don’t want to be flat,” wide­out Mike Wal­lace said of the Ravens of­fense. |

Nei­ther Ravens coach John Har­baugh nor vet­eran wide re­ceiver Mike Wal­lace were be­ing curt nor dis­mis­sive when they were asked this week about what they wanted to see from the of­fense in the se­cond pre­sea­son game tonight against the Mi­ami Dol­phins. “I am look­ing for points,” Har­baugh said. “A lit­tle bit more than last week” was Wal­lace’s an­swer. The Ravens of­fense didn’t set the bar very high in last week’s pre­sea­son-open­ing 23-3 vic­tory over the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins. Ryan Mal­lett, the starter with Joe Flacco side­lined, com­pleted nine of 18 passes and av­er­aged just over six yards per com­ple­tion. The starters went three-and­out on their first two drives de­spite start­ing on their own 38- and 44-yard lines, and they would’ve been held score­less had the Red­skins not pro­longed their op­po­nent’s third drive by com­mit­ting a penalty on Justin Tucker’s er­rant field-goal at­tempt.

The lack­lus­ter per­for­mance was pre­dictable given the of­fense’s mis­take-prone and un­der­whelm­ing play in camp

KIM HAIRSTON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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