Player News - Ravens

Date: Team: Pos:

Ravens OT Austin Howard could be an offseason cap casualty.

Howard hasn't lived up to his contract after signing a three-year deal last offseason. The Ravens can save $4 million from making him a post-June cut with only $1 million in dead money. Despite a middling year, Howard won't struggle for interest if he's released.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 8:02 PM

Ravens OG Matt Skura is a candidate to start at center in 2018.

A 2016 UDFA, Skura made 12 starts in place of Marshal Yanda last season. He was exclusively a center at Duke and could be an in-house option if Ryan Jensen leaves in free agency. Skura had negative PFF grades in his first year as a starter, but may benefit from returning to his college position.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 7:40 PM

Ravens DL Carl Davis underwent shoulder surgery after the season.

A 2015 third-rounder, Davis played 300 snaps and made nine starts for the Ravens this season while appearing in 15-of-16 games. He has one year left on his rookie deal and is expected to be ready for training camp.
Jan 12 - 10:30 AM

Ravens promoted LBs coach Don Martindale to defensive coordinator.

An NFL assistant since 2004, "Wink" has been coaching the Ravens' linebackers since 2012. He has one prior year of coordinating experience, the Broncos in 2010. Martindale is being billed as an aggressive coach in the Rex/Rob Ryan mold. We would expect little drop off from a defense that's been the engine of the Ravens going on three decades.
Jan 9 - 4:57 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not commit to Alex Collins as his lead back moving forward.

Harbaugh did say Collins "has proven the fact that he can be a very good back in this league," but he also said the team will look to "upgrade everything" before mentioning 2016 fourth-rounder Kenneth Dixon, who missed the season with a knee injury. Danny Woodhead and Buck Allen are also still under contract. All of that congestion makes it difficult to peg how much work Collins will see moving forward, but his 212/973/6 performance on the ground this season should at least earn him the first crack at the early-down role.
Source: ESPN
Jan 9 - 9:40 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh wants to re-sign free agent RE Brent Urban.

Urban opened 2017 as a starter before getting shut down with Lisfranc surgery. It's a concerning injury for Urban, but not career threatening. The Ravens expect Urban to be ready for OTAs.
Jan 7 - 9:34 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Packers "are attempting to interview" Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta for their general-manager vacancy.

"Attempting to interview" are the key words, as DeCosta has been extremely difficult to pry away from Baltimore over the years. His name has long been linked to the top GM openings, but he has turned down numerous opportunities to remain in Baltimore as the eventual heir to Ozzie Newsome.
Jan 5 - 12:06 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes LBs coach Don Martindale, along with ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano, "head the list" for the Ravens' defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Zrebiec's colleague, Edward Lee, gives Martindale the "edge" based on continuity. Martindale, 54, has been coaching in the NFL since 2004 and served as the Broncos' defensive boss in 2010 before joining the Ravens. Zrebiec throws Steve Spagnuolo and Colts DC Ted Monachino into the mix as well.
Jan 5 - 10:45 AM

Ravens RG Marshal Yanda (ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Yanda suffered a fractured ankle in Week 2. He will likely be healthy before camp, but the Ravens will likely take it slow with their All-Pro guard. Yanda returning will be a big boost, but the Ravens could still use more help on the offensive line.
Source: ESPN
Jan 4 - 12:05 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh expects Kenneth Dixon (knee) to be ready for OTAs.

Dixon suffered a torn meniscus which required a full repair last summer. The injury cost him the season, but he should be close to full health by this point. Dixon also was suspended for six games last season -- he served it while on injured reserve -- and watched Alex Collins take over as the lead back. Even healthy, Dixon is not a lock for a big role.
Jan 4 - 11:57 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said CB Jimmy Smith's (Achilles) availability for Week 1 is "up in the air."

Smith tore his Achilles in early December, an injury which can require a lengthy recovery. Harbaugh said he is "hopeful" Smith will be able to return for Week 1, he should be considered questionable at best right now.
Source: ESPN
Jan 4 - 11:55 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team will "for sure" consider drafting a quarterback.

"When you have a veteran quarterback at this stage, it's the time you're looking for a young backup," Harbaugh added. The coach blamed Joe Flacco's recent struggles on his health, and these comments certainly do not suggest the team is looking to replace him in the near future. Still, it is notable Baltimore is at the very least thinking about the future. Flacco averaged just 5.7 yards per attempt with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.
Source: ESPN
Jan 4 - 11:29 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team will retain OC Marty Mornhinweg.

It is music to the ears of Joe Flacco, who said his "relationship" with the coordinator "continues to grow." Mornhinweg oversaw a putrid passing offense in 2017, but he got the running game on track as the Ravens surprisingly scored the ninth-most points in the league, although the defense deserves quite a bit of credit. If the offense is going to be better moving forward, they need some help along the offensive line and at receiver.
Jan 4 - 11:12 AM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley writes there are "no guarantees" Breshad Perriman is on the Ravens' roster in 2018.

Mike Wallace is headed to free agency while Jeremy Maclin is a likely cap cut, but Perriman has not shown anything to suggest he is a real option to replace those guys. The 2015 first-round pick caught 10-of-35 targets (28.6 percent catch rate) for just 77 scoreless yards this season. Baltimore can save $1.62 million against the cap by releasing him.
Source: ESPN
Jan 4 - 9:12 AM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley believes Jeremy Maclin is a "top candidate to get cut."

The Ravens are strapped for cap space, and cutting Maclin would create $5 million in additional room. It seems like an easy move considering how little Maclin did even when he was on the field -- 40 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games -- but Mike Wallace heading into free agency complicates the decision. Perhaps a pay cut would work for both sides.
Source: ESPN
Jan 4 - 9:02 AM


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