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Speaking Thursday, Joe Flacco said Justin Forsett is "going to be a huge checkdown guy for us."

As our own Evan Silva guesstimates, Forsett could be in for 80-plus grabs in new OC Marc Trestman's system. Matt Forte caught a ridiculous 176 passes across Trestman's two years in Chicago, including 102 last season. A good receiver in his own right, Forsett made 44 grabs for 263 yards in 2014.
May 28 - 3:56 PM

The Baltimore Sun believes second-year pro Lorenzo Taliaferro looks much "leaner and quicker" this spring.

The 2014 fourth-rounder had a strong rookie campaign, rushing 68 times for 292 yards (4.29 YPC) and four touchdowns. He'll battle 2015 fourth-rounder Buck Allen for No. 2 duties behind Justin Forsett. Allen is a better pass catcher, but Taliaferro should have a leg up on short-yardage duties.
May 28 - 3:17 PM

Steve Smith Sr. said he didn't seriously contemplate retirement after last season.

On the other hand, Sr. said he doesn't plan to play until he's 40. He turned 36 earlier this month. Sr. was a pleasant surprise for the Ravens last season, catching 79 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns. Coach John Harbaugh hopes to reduce Smith's snaps to save wear and tear, but he'll be heavily needed with rookie Breshad Perriman replacing Torrey Smith.
May 28 - 3:06 PM

Ravens RCB Jimmy Smith is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from last season's Lisfranc injury.

Smith underwent surgery in November. He's been participating in "parts of OTAs," and appears fully on track for training camp. The Ravens showed their faith in Smith's health by signing him to a four-year, $48 million extension in April.
May 28 - 2:47 PM

Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (quad) is dealing with a "slight tear."

The 2014 seventh-rounder is the favorite for kick-return duties. Coach John Harbaugh expects Campanaro to be sidelined until training camp, which begins in two months.
May 28 - 2:44 PM

Ravens signed CB Cassius Vaughn.

It's a veteran minimum contract for the Vaughn, who has played for the Colts, Broncos and Lions in his five-year career (23 starts). He'll try to make the final 53 as depth behind a top-three of Jimmy Smith, Kyle Arrington and Lardarius Webb.
May 28 - 11:34 AM

Ravens WR Michael Campanaro injured his quadriceps at practice on Wednesday.

The Ravens are still trying to determine how severe it is. Campanaro is a leading candidate to return kicks this season and could see a bigger role on offense following the departures of Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels. The 24-year-old reeled in seven of his nine targets as a rookie in 2014.
May 27 - 3:56 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes fourth-rounder Buck Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro could split No. 2 duties behind Justin Forsett.

Taliaferro showed promise in the Ravens' short-yardage role last season, but Allen is a bigger threat in the passing game. Allen is also viewed as a plus pass-protector. It wouldn't be surprising to see Taliaferro handle goal-line duties and Allen serve in the passing game behind 30-year-old (in October) Forsett.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 6:01 PM

CSN Baltimore's Clifton Brown believes TE Maxx Williams will play a "major role as a rookie."

The Ravens jumped the Steelers in the second round to land Williams, and are expected to give him every opportunity to become a big factor. The problem is the transition from college tight end to NFL tight end is one of the most difficult. Tight ends very rarely play significant snaps their first year and are even less likely to be fantasy relevant as rookies. Williams has the hands and receiving ability to be an early contributor, but he will need a strong offseason to prove he is ready.
May 23 - 11:33 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects rookie OLB Za'Darius Smith to fill the situational pass-rusher role vacated by Pernell McPhee.

The Ravens are reportedly high on Smith's ability as a pass rusher, and Hensley was told by a team official Smith is "farther along" than McPhee was a rookie. After Smith ran a 4.83 with a 29-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump at the Combine, it is hard to see him as an impact pass rusher in the pros, but that is apparently what the Ravens envision.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 11:12 AM

Ravens RG Marshal Yanda is expected to command in excess of $22 million guaranteed on his next contract.

The Ravens want to extend Yanda, but have expressed concerns over long-term talks. One of the top right guards in the league, Baltimore could have difficulty re-signing Yanda if he pushes for Logan Mankins money ($30M guaranteed). The Ravens will likely have to pick between locking up Yanda or contract-year LG Kelechi Osemele. Osemele turns 26 in June; Yanda is going on age 31.
May 22 - 5:42 PM

Ravens DE Kapron-Lewis Moore (Achilles') is "really close to 100 percent."

Lewis-Moore missed his entire 2013 rookie season with a torn ACL before blowing out his Achilles' last August and missing all of last season. He needs to stay healthy, as he's likely on his last chance in Baltimore.
May 22 - 8:37 AM

Coach John Harbaugh declared second-year DE Brent Urban (knee) "100 percent."

Urban tore his ACL last summer and missed his entire rookie season. The No. 134 overall pick in last year's draft has a chance to carve out a role in the defensive-line rotation that has huge shoes to fill after losing Haloti Ngata.
May 22 - 8:34 AM

Will Hill is expected to shift to strong safety this season.

The Ravens signed Kendrick Lewis to be their free safety. That leaves Hill to do what he does best. "I just get to hit people," he said. "That's what I like to do." Hill will compete with Matt Elam for the starting job.
May 19 - 9:39 AM

Coach John Harbaugh said he would like to reduce Steve Smith's snaps to save on his wear and tear.

Smith is entering his age-36 season, obviously an extremely high number for an NFL wideout. We saw him wear down as the season moved along last year, averaging 16.5 YPC with four touchdowns in the first eight games and 10.3 YPC with two scores in the final eight outings. The problem for the Ravens is they have very little talent behind Smith and first-rounder Breshad Perriman. Getting Smitty to take a seat will be easier said than done.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 9:26 AM


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