‘O’ reaching for a higher note
Ravens working to bring back free-agent center Zuttah Team looking to find offensive rhythm with healthy starters
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