This is a challenge, to say the least, this week, but welcome to our first installment of Ravens Stud of the Week. Our pick shone in the first half of last night's season opener in Denver when the Ravens held a 17-14 lead and before everything fell apart so quickly. It'll get better people. Hang in there this morning.
Week One Stud:
It isn't about stats with this guy, it's about linebacker-destroying blocks. That said, he caught three passes against Denver, including the game's first touchdown while dragging Broncos middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard into the end zone.
Following Wes Welker's muffed punt near his own end zone, Leach immediately cleared a huge hole for Ray Rice, who scored from 1-yard out for a 14-7 lead. (That was pretty much the end of the highlights last night.)
A Pro Bowl fullback for the last three years, Leach initially refused to renegogiate his contract with the Ravens and tested the free-agent market this offseason. Despite interest from other teams, ultimately he decided to return to Baltimore and we're thrilled he did. The 6-foot, 246-pounder from East Carolina proved again in Week One that he gives the Ravens a much-needed, bruising presence on the offensive side of the ball.
Marlon Brown. The Georgia rookie played well in his first NFL game after starter Jacoby Jones went down with a strained knee on a freak play, grabbing four passes, including one for a TD.