Player News - Ravens

Date: Team: Pos:

Per ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley, the "consensus" among players and coaches is that Joe Flacco is "more motivated" this offseason following Baltimore's first-round trade up for Lamar Jackson.

"Drafting Lamar and bringing [Robert] Griffin in, it’s lit a fire under him," S Eric Weddle said. "You can tell. It has shown." The common comparison is from Flacco to Alex Smith, who supposedly benefited from having a "fire lit" when the Chiefs traded up for Pat Mahomes. Flacco should know his job is on the line. The Ravens can cut him after this season and save $10.5 million in cap space.
Jun 13 - 1:14 PM

Ravens OL Alex Lewis is sitting out minicamp with a back injury.

It's a concern for a player with Lewis' history, but the Ravens don't expect him to miss much time. With Baltimore re-signing James Hurst, Lewis is expected to remain at left guard.
Jun 13 - 10:50 AM

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (Achilles') is participating in individual drills at minicamp.

It's a great sign after Smith tore his Achilles' in December. There was initially wonder if Smith would even be ready for Week 1, but at this point, he should be ready for training camp. Coach John Harbaugh did say in March that Smith was ahead of schedule in his rehab. With Smith, Brandon Carr, and sophomore Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore has a solid cornerback trio.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 10:21 AM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports Breshad Perriman has struggled with drops this offseason.

Hensley reports Perriman has dropped a pass in every practice open to the media so far this offseason. It is certainly not a new problem for the former first-rounder, but it is disappointing all the same. Due a $649,485 roster bonus on the third day of camp, it would not be surprising if the Ravens cut Perriman sometime in the next month.
Jun 12 - 12:47 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team is "trying to figure out" how to use first-round QB Lamar Jackson.

Even with Joe Flacco locked into the starting job, Harbaugh said Jackson will be active on game days and involved in the offense. "I sure like him out there helping us," Harbaugh said. "If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out." If Baltimore really wanted to take advantage of Jackson's talent, they would start him over Flacco.
Source: ESPN
Jun 12 - 12:28 PM

Coach John Harbaugh and owner Steve Bisciotti were both fined for undisclosed infractions of league rules, while the Ravens also had to forfeit two OTA practices.

The Ravens are now repeat offenders after losing three OTA practices in 2016 when they had players in pads at rookie minicamp. It's probably a similar infraction this time around. Harbaugh was fined $50,000, and Bisciotti was docked $100,000. It hasn't worked to make the Ravens any good.
Jun 6 - 3:11 PM

Ravens signed first-round QB Lamar Jackson to a four-year contract.

As with all first-round deals, this one includes a fifth-year option. The Ravens have promised to take things slowly with Jackson, but they traded back into the first round to select him for a reason. Joe Flacco will be on a short leash this season.
Jun 5 - 10:38 AM

Kenneth Dixon said his surgically-repaired knee "feels very good."

Dixon missed all of 2017 with a torn meniscus which required a full repair, but he was ready to go when OTAs opened. "Battling some things you have to battle when you get back on the field with flexibility and all those things," Dixon said, "but the knee feels totally well and I’m just ready to play." Alex Collins should lead Baltimore's backfield, but Dixon should compete with Buck Allen for change-of-pace snaps.
Jun 1 - 7:01 PM

Robert Griffin III is splitting second-team reps at OTAs.

Griffin is trying to hold off Lamar Jackson for Baltimore’s backup job. The Ravens never carry three quarterbacks, so Griffin is likely going to be auditioning for other teams this preseason.
Source: USA Today
May 25 - 9:15 PM

Speaking after Thursday's OTA session, Joe Flacco talked up new WR Michael Crabtree, saying, "(He’s) the guy."

"He’s got a little different way that he runs the routes," Flacco said of Crabtree. "He’s really crafty with it, and he knows when to break away from guys and how to get open." Crabtree signed a three-year, $21 million deal in Baltimore following his release from the Raiders and is obviously the clear No. 1 for Flacco, who has always had a fascination with veteran targets picked up off the scrap heap. Crabtree should flirt with 120-130 targets if he can stay healthy.
May 25 - 12:51 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports Ravens OG Nico Siragusa underwent a second surgery on his knee this offseason.

A fourth-round pick last year, Siragusa tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL during training camp last season. It is a devastating injury which already had him questionable for training camp, and the second surgery adds another layer of doubt. If he can get back, Siragusa should compete for a backup job.
May 21 - 10:05 AM

Ravens signed third round TE Mark Andrews to a four-year contract.

With the Ravens deep at tight end, Andrews is expected to compete for slot reps as a rookie. First-rounders Hayden Hurst and Lamar Jackson are Baltimore's only unsigned picks.
May 16 - 7:06 PM

Ravens signed third-round OT Orlando Brown to a four-year contract.

Brown is a mammoth 6'8/345 but had one of the worst Combines in its history, showing very little strength and athleticism. He improved a bit at his Pro Day and plans to cut some weight in the lead-up to the season. Brown is expected to compete for the starting right tackle job in training camp.
May 16 - 11:06 AM

Ravens CB Tavon Young (ACL) will be ready for OTAs.

Young tore his ACL during OTAs last year, forcing him to miss the entire season. The corner says he is "back to normal" now, however, and he thinks he will be a "full-go" for the offseason program. Surprisingly good as a rookie, Young should handle slot duties if he is healthy.
May 15 - 10:48 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes Ravens TE Maxx Williams is on the roster bubble.

2015 first-rounder Breshad Perriman gets the stick, but Williams has been equally disappointing since the Ravens selected him in the second round of that draft. He has played 29 games in three seasons, recording just 47 catches for 354 yards and two touchdowns. Williams is a solid blocker, but he will have to show well in camp to keep his job after the Ravens added first-rounder Hayden Hurst and third-rounder Mark Andrews in the draft.
May 15 - 10:18 AM


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