Player News - Ravens

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the offense is "in much better shape" entering OC Marc Trestman's second season.

Trestman was asked to keep much of the offense Gary Kubiak installed in Baltimore when he took the job last season, and he admitted the transition was a struggle. "It’s a little unnatural when you come in, and there is a pre-existing offense in place," Trestman said. "It was a very good offense, as we all know. But I spent three months on it, trying to make sure that I simulated the things that were necessary for me to do my job." Now in his second year, Trestman has a full grasp of the offense and will be able to make changes where he sees fit. With injured playmakers like Joe Flacco (knee) and Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles') coming back, the offense could take a step forward this year.
Jun 27 - 11:56 AM

Ravens TE Darren Waller added 15 pounds this offseason.

Making the switch to tight end, the former 245-pound receiver knew he needed to add some bulk. "I’ve put on weight and feel like I can hang in there," Waller said. "I’m going to have to pack my lunch for sure. I’m excited about it." With Dennis Pitta (hip) reportedly healthy, Waller will struggle to make the roster in an incredibly deep tight end corps.
Jun 27 - 11:04 AM

Mike Wallace believes he is a better receiver today than when he left Pittsburgh.

"I think I’ve gotten better, even though [the] numbers don’t say so," Wallace said. "I think I’ll get better this year, and I’ll show some people I have a lot up my sleeve." Wallace disappointed after leaving the Steelers for a five-year, $60-million deal with the Dolphins, and he was an absolute flop with the Vikings last year. He was never a good fit with either Ryan Tannehill or Teddy Bridgewater, however, so there is some reason to believe he can improve with Joe Flacco under center. Wallace is competing with Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman (knee) for a role opposite Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles').
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 8:58 AM

Jerraud Powers is expected to open the season as Baltimore’s nickel corner.

Powers drew raves for his performance at OTAs. He has the inside track for the nickel role going into training camp. Shareece Wright is expected to start opposite Jimmy Smith.
Jun 25 - 5:20 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec said Terrance West is "leaner and more explosive" than in the past.

While the "best shape of his life" narrative is always eye-roll inducing, there are plenty of backs who have taken the next step simply by getting in shape. Reportedly down 15 pounds, West could be the next in that long line, but he faces a tough climb to relevance in a loaded backfield. On the bright side, West has worked ahead of Lorenzo Taliaferro all spring.
Jun 20 - 11:34 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec said Dennis Pitta (hip) "looks like he can be a significant contributor."

Pitta has not played in a game since September of 2014, but he practiced without limitations at OTAs and minicamp. Zrebiec reports Pitta "is moving well," and coach John Harbaugh said he "looks like the same player we've seen in the past." Pitta's hip will always be a ticking time bomb, but it looks like he is healthy right now. Even in a deep tight end corps, Pitta has the talent to contribute.
Jun 20 - 11:19 AM

Ravens ILB Zachary Orr worked with the first-team defense throughout the offseason program.

A 2014 UDFA, Orr is competing with Arthur Brown for the starting spot opposite C.J. Mosley. Orr has always been considered the favorite, and he did not give up that position in OTAs or minicamp. Unless he face plants in training camp, Orr should open the season in the starting lineup.
Jun 20 - 11:10 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley left Lorenzo Taliaferro off his 53-man roster projection.

Hensley notes that Taliaferro worked behind Terrance West all spring. Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, and rookie Kenneth Dixon are considered roster locks, with Taliaferro battling West and Trent Richardson for the final tailback spot. T-Rich recently underwent knee surgery and is probably out of the mix.
Jun 20 - 10:39 AM

Trent Richardson is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports it's a pre-existing condition, and that T-Rich is going to miss "some time." Richardson is now questionable for training camp, and probably doomed in his quest to make the Ravens' 53-man roster. It just hasn't been meant to be with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2012 draft, not to say that many of Richardson's problems haven't been of his own making.
Jun 16 - 6:32 PM

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (foot surgery) expects to be ready for training camp.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley reported Tuesday that Smith hasn't been looking good on the side field at minicamp, but Smith insists he feels fine. Coach John Harbaugh hinted Thursday that Smith is unlikely to see any preseason action. Smith started all 16 games last season, but was ineffective. The Ravens have more to lose than gain by rushing his rehab.
Jun 16 - 2:33 PM

Ravens OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot surgery) could miss the entire preseason.

Dumervil has said he "expects" to be ready for training camp, but the Ravens don't have much reason to rush him. Dumervil is not a player who needs preseason reps. Now 32 and headed into his 11th NFL season, Dumervil has missed only one game over the past four years.
Jun 16 - 2:30 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes OLB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') has a "real chance" to be ready for a regular season, but that it's not a guarantee.

Harbaugh said Suggs was "looking good" in his recovery, but didn't get any more expansive. Sidelined since early last September, Suggs will probably sit out the entire preseason before returning on a snap count in the opener.
Jun 16 - 2:27 PM

Joe Flacco (ACL) expects to be ready for the "first day" of training camp.

Flacco continues to project confidence in his recovery, and it now appears he could avoid the active/PUP list to begin camp. Barring a setback, Flacco should see plenty of preseason action as he tries to knock off the rust of a major injury.
Jun 16 - 2:03 PM

Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles') told reporters his main reason for playing one more season is to achieve 1,000 career receptions.

He needs 39 grabs to get there. "A thousand receptions, to be honest," said Smith when asked to explain why he didn't retire. "You've got to have something to strive for. I may catch that, in my uniform, get in my car and go home. Straight from there. Drive all the way from M&T Bank [Stadium] straight to Charlotte in one shot." Smith may have been partially joking, but this is a somewhat concerning statement for fantasy owners willing to invest single-digit-round draft picks into a 37-year-old receiver coming back from a torn Achilles'. If forced to set odds, we'd consider Kamar Aiken the favorite to lead Baltimore in receiving this year.
Jun 16 - 12:41 PM

Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles) will sit out the entire preseason.

Smith declined to put a timetable on his return, but says he’s day to day. He’s going to be sidelined until at least training camp. Missing the preseason isn't a huge concern given Smith's veteran status. Smith expects to be ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 16 - 8:36 AM


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