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2010 NFL power rankings

September 9, 2010

Tonight it all begins:  football season.

Kicking off first is returning Superbowl Champions, the New Orlean Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.

Before the season gets started though, here is a quick rundown of some of my power rankings of all 32 teams based off of pre- and off- season performances, the top 15 with descriptions:

1. Saints. They might still have a Superbowl hangover, but in tonight’s season opener, they stand to be hte seventh champions to win that first game. With Drew Brees leading his team and Reggie Bush ready to put his about to get stripped Heisman trophy past behind him, the Saints are still as strong as ever and not to be seen as a one and done team.

2. Ravens. Maybe you can call me a little biased. But the Ravens started working one week after they lost in the post-season last year adding new additions in the forms of coaches and players. Baltimore has always been known as a defense heavy team, but with Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth and now T.J. Houshmandzadeh on their roster, Baltimore is going to see their leader, Joe Flacco, use more than Ray Rice, who is also NFL,one of the best running backs in the league.

3. Jets. Sure, we all call them the “Northern Ravens” down here in Charm city, but you have to hand it to Rex Ryan and his men.I am not a big Mark Sanchez fan–but he works well with his teammates and they also put a lot of work in their off- and pre-season. The first Monday night football game against Baltimore and the Jets is going to start the season off to a great start.

4. Colts. There is no denying this team is going to be a deep threat for every other team in the NFL. Peyton Manning is one of the best QBs out there based off his intelligence and athleticism. The Colts work well together as a team and seem almost impeccable.

5. Bengals. Who doesn’t know about the Bengals off-season pickup? The question is, can the two biggest attention whores in the NFL share the lime-light? Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and T.O. are going to be a dangerous threat to every other defense out there. During pre-season match-ups, TO seemed to be able to play well with his new team. Maybe all he needed was a friend to tell him to “play nicely with others.”
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Ravens sign Donte Stallworth giving him a second chance

February 17, 2010

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said a few days ago he believes in second chances…despite past criminal records.

Earlier today, the Ravens signed wide receiver Donte Stallworth for one year for $900 thousand plus $300 thousand incentives. Previously with the Cleveland Browns, this signing led to much discussion around Baltimore this afternoon.

Nov. 6, 2008, photo shows former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth running after a pass reception in an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Cleveland. c Tony Dejak, File / AP Photo

Stallworth has stats of  catching 296 career passes for 4,383 yards and 32 touchdowns. He has played for the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns. He had a career-high 70 catches and 945 yards in 2005.

So what would cause a debate on this number 3 receiver who will help push Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington?

Stallworth has a record…he was charged with a DUI vehicular manslaughter charge and served 24 days of a 30-day sentence in a Miami jail for striking and killing Miami construction worker Mario Reyes with his car while driving under the influence of alcohol.

In regards to the situation, Stallworth made a huge mistake, one he regrets.

“There was a time I felt the mistake I made was the end of the world for me,” Stallworth said in a statement. “I will never get that morning back. It weighs on me every day and will for the rest of my life. What I can do is move forward, try to be a better person, try to convince others not to do what I did and warn others about the dangers of drinking and driving. I have to show otherwise that what happened doesn’t reflect who I am.

“I have to prove that, and, hopefully, I’m on my way to doing that. I know my apology will never be strong enough for some, but I’ve made changes, and I’m trying to be a positive influence. It’s an honor and privilege to play in the NFL, and I’m so thankful for this opportunity.”

Is Stallworth going to be just another ‘thug’ with a record as the Ravens are stereotyped to be?

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