Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 May 2008

Ravens Lose Sypniewski to Knee Injury

Tight end Quinn Sypniewski will miss the 2008 season after tearing a knee ligament in a training camp collision with linebacker Antwan Barnes. This is terrible news for Sypniewski, obviously, but the Ravens shouldn't have much trouble finding a replacement -- Sypniewski ranked 41st in DVOA and dead last in DPAR last season. Teammate Todd Heap ranked 14th in DVOA, so you can't blame Sypniewski's poor ranking on the quarterbacks.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 09 May 2008

11 comments, Last at 13 May 2008, 2:01pm by Tom D


by Juju (not verified) :: Sat, 05/10/2008 - 7:46am

I, for one, cannot find a receptacle large enough in which to contain the excitement caused to me by this momentous announcement.

by Tom Kelso (not verified) :: Sat, 05/10/2008 - 9:02am

I firmly beleive that Barnes was in the hire of sports copy editors around the country, who obviously are releived at not having to proof or set "Quinn Sypniewski" if Heap turns out to have another season as brittle as last year's...

by lionsbob (not verified) :: Sat, 05/10/2008 - 1:18pm

He supposedly tore the ACL off the bone. He might done for good.

by jonnyblazin (not verified) :: Sat, 05/10/2008 - 1:44pm

I wouldn't rag on his receiving capabilities, he basically as pure a blocking TE there is. Heap and Wilcox are obviously going to catch passes, Syp was a beast in the trenches and the Ravens will be worse off without him.

Then again, blocking TEs are much easier to find the pass-catching TEs.

by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Sat, 05/10/2008 - 6:18pm

The Raiders have a good one of those. His name is Zach Miller. He's going to be a great one.

by smashmouth football (not verified) :: Sat, 05/10/2008 - 8:40pm

The new Ravens regime certainly is more physical in its practices. Not so sure it's such a good idea to have your own players "kicking the sh-t out of each other," as Brian Billick used to put it.
Today, BTW, a full out brawl occurred at the Ravens minicamp, involving prety much the whole team. If I knew how to insert a hyperlink, I'd provide one, but just check CBS Sportsline, for example, or the Baltimore Sun website.

by Quentin (not verified) :: Sun, 05/11/2008 - 9:15am

Smashmouth, just copy and paste the link to the section underneath your name and email that says Website, and then instruct people to click on your name. For example, the link in my name will take you to the first article about your story that I happened to stumble upon.

by smashmouth football (not verified) :: Sun, 05/11/2008 - 9:49am

Thanks, Quentin.

by sam (not verified) :: Sun, 05/11/2008 - 6:46pm

I think recieving TE are easier to find since colleges use more of a spread offense. I guess that you could just put a tackle at TE if you needed a pure blocking TE though.

by Joe T. (not verified) :: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 10:01am

#9 - many teams do on jumbo packages, just bring in a reserve linemen (o- or d-) to block.

IMO, a "blocking" tight end is a waste of a roster spot. If you can't trust the guy's hands and route running ability, then just plug an extra guard in at the end of the line.

by Tom D (not verified) :: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 2:01pm

Re 10:

I see two problems with carrying an extra guard instead of a blocking TE. 1) There is chance a guard won't be agile enough to block out in space. 2) Guards rarely play on special teams, where TE can be very valuable.