Ever since the draft in April, a lot of people have asked me about my thoughts on the Ravens drafting Lamar in the first round. It honestly did not bother me at all. I was watching the draft with some of my family and Dennis Pitta. When they announced the pick we all just looked at each other and smiled.
I did not take the pick as a slam against me at all. There is definitely a message that the team was sending with that pick and I heard them loud and clear. I am just taking this as extra motivation as I head into the season. I have plenty of motivation from being in the league for a decade but it is a good thing to have a little fuel added to the fire.
Another reason for me to be excited about the upcoming season is to see the amount of weapons that we added to the offensive side of the ball over the offseason. We are meshing together really well for it being so early in the season. It has been really cool to see Smoke finding a good rhythm in our offense. He has the sort of speed that can break a game open in the blink of an eye. He’s got some special skills and I can’t wait to find ways to utilize him once the season gets going.