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    March 8, 2018 7:01 PM PST

    durability gets little respect among the array of positive player attributes that get cited in football conversations.,As the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield might have said

    Qualities such as speed, that usually just gets tacked on at the end.,womens Taylor Moton Jersey, toughness and the ability to make plays are always assigned more importance. If a guy is durable

    “such as (fill in the blank depending on the player). Oh,womens Harrison Butker Jersey,“He can do a lot for you, and he’s also durable.”,” it is said

    Yeah, too., that

    the yadda-yadda of praise.,Durability is the etcetera-etcetera of compliments

    But I’m here to argue it deserves more respect, where the Ravens often point to injuries as having wrecked their plans during a recent run of non-playoff seasons., especially in Baltimore

    I’m here to argue that durability should be a prime consideration for the Ravens as they go about building their roster for 2018.,With that history in mind and the start of free agency less than a month away

    Their free-agent signings of a year ago illustrate why it deserves attention.

    amazingly,Of the five “major” players the Ravens signed off the open market, had never missed a start in nine seasons., two were known for being durable. Safety Tony Jefferson had missed one game in his four years in the NFL. Cornerback Brandon Carr

    they didn’t force the organization to resort to Plan B at their positions, both started every game for the Ravens in 2017. Although they didn’t earn the highest grades from Pro Football Focus,womens Shaq Thompson Jersey, they brought stability and consistency to a highly-ranked unit. And by staying on the field,True to form,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey, to the Ravens’ great detriment., as happened at so many other places in the lineup

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    Another of the team’s free agents, came with a more ominous record. He had only played in 21 of 48 games since 2014 because of injuries.,womens Daeshon Hall Jersey, running back Danny Woodhead

    but he missed the preseason and first half of the regular season with a hamstring injury and never really got into a groove.,The Ravens hoped he would stay healthy and contribute

    but things were trending in the wrong direction with an ankle sprain in the 2015 playoffs and a torn groin muscle in 2016. Offensive tackle Austin Howard started more than 50 straight games for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders before a knee injury forced him out of five games in 2016.,The team’s other two major signings brought mixed histories. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclinmissed just six starts in his first six years in the league

    though,What happened when they played for the Ravens in 2017? Maclin’s wrong-way spiral continued, provided the durability that had enhanced his value before he came to Baltimore. He started every game for the Ravens and finished second on the team in snaps played., as he dealt with several injuries and finished with a career-low 40 receptions. Howard

    predicting whether certain players will get injured is a dubious exercise. Not even the most durable player can walk away from a teammate or opponent rolling into his leg the wrong way. That’s what ended Joe Flacco’s run of 122 straight regular-season starts in 2015 – bad luck beyond the reaches of planning or foresight.,Obviously

    is being listed as a possible salary-cap casualty,But at the same time, the histories of certain players warrant consideration. Carr, but I’d be careful about parting ways with a player so dependable. The alternative is a scramble to fill his spot.,Authentic Shaq Thompson Jersey,Authentic Devin Funchess Jersey, for instance

    Then there’s the example of two prime receivers about to hit free agency. Jarvis Landry has never missed a game in his four years in the league. Allen Robinson suffered a foot fracture as a rookie in 2014 and missed all but the first few snaps of last season because of a torn ACL.

    Both are talented, I’m thinking the guy who is always on the field gives you a better shot at getting maximum bang for your buck.,womens Devin Funchess Jersey,womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, but if forced to choose

    the Ravens should always try to improve their odds in this undervalued metric.,Authentic Curtis Samuel Jersey,Authentic Taylor Moton Jersey,Authentic Daeshon Hall Jersey,Authentic Harrison Butker Jersey,womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,After experiencing such a debilitating run of injuries in recent years