(Cassel injury update: There is no update at this time).
One of the players we hope Cassel is throwing to on Sunday presents a few problems for the Baltimore Ravens. As several of the Ravens players and coaches have said he's big and physical.
At 6'2", 221 pounds, Dwayne Bowe should have a height and weight advantage over the Ravens corners. Dominque Foxworth is expected to cover him and he's 5'11" and 180 pounds. Fabian Washington is about the same.
"He’s a big, physical, fast receiver," Foxworth told reporters. "I think he’s one of the young, up-and-coming receivers in the league, and I’m looking forward to the chance to match up."
And, other than game days, the Ravens defensive backs don't usually see a receiver of Bowe's size. In practice, they go up against 5'10, 195 pound Mark Clayton and 5'10", 190 pound Derrick Mason.
Head coach John Harbaugh, like Foxworth, cited Bowe's size as a real advantage.
"Dwayne Bowe is physical – big and physical," said Harbaugh. "Great-looking guy. Good hands. Wants the ball, obviously, like all the great ones do. I’d say an up-and-coming star."
New defensive coordinator Greg Mattison called him a "real test" for the Ravens secondary.
"He’s a physical, tall receiver that goes up and gets the football," Mattison stated. "He’ll be a real test for us. He’s a bigger receiver than we’re used to seeing against every day in practice."
Glad to see Bowe's talents are attracting some attention, especially after having a journeyman (Damon Huard) and a less than accurate passer (Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen) throwing balls to him for the last two seasons.