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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

Coach John Harbaugh said fourth-round RB Buck Allen's pass-down skills are as advertised.

Allen's calling card coming out of USC was his receiving and blocking ability. Those are crucial traits for running backs playing in a Marc Trestman offense. "We've seen Buck catch passes, we've seen Buck pass protect, so we know he can do it," Harbaugh said after rookie minicamp. "He has done it out here and looks very smooth doing it." Allen will be a sneaky flier in deeper PPR formats.
May 18 - 11:09 AM

Ravens LG Kelechi Osemele is a candidate for an extension.

With Marshal Yanda contract talks at a standstill, Baltimore could turn its attention to locking up Osemele, who is five years younger and coming off a top-four run-blocking grade by PFF. Osmele should be targeting at least $15M guaranteed.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 4:46 PM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome recently expressed frustration over contract talks with RG Marshal Yanda.

The Ravens still hope to extend Yanda, but are reportedly losing patience in negotiations. Yanda has been one of the top offensive linemen in the league over the last five years and wants to finish his career in Baltimore. The Ravens could be better served extending LG Kelechi Osemele.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 4:39 PM

ESPN’s Jamison Hensley expects 2015 to be a redshirt year for fifth-round OG Robert Myers.

Myers is buried on Baltimore’s depth chart and unlikely to see rookie-year snaps. He should spend 2015 developing behind Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele. With Yanda and Osemele in contract years, Myers could have a role in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 4:15 PM

Ravens ILB Arthur Brown isn’t a lock for the 53-man roster.

Brown was a weekly inactive last season, appearing in just four games. With C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith returning as starters, Brown won't be guaranteed a spot behind special teams standouts Albert McClellan and Zach Orr. The Ravens could shop Brown for a late-round pick.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 3:44 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects Dennis Pitta (hip surgeries) to open 2015 on the reserve/PUP list.

The Ravens are considering anything they get from Pitta a bonus after spending two of their nine draft picks on tight ends. With Pitta's $4M salary fully guaranteed, there's no downside in Baltimore stashing him on PUP for the first six games. Pitta is "optimistic" he'll play this season after participating in minicamp. He won't be on the radar in standard fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 3:38 PM

Joe Flacco has been impressed with first-round WR Breshad Perriman.

"I'm happy with Breshad," Flacco said. "He looks really good. Big, powerful, runs well." After struggling with drops at UCF, Perriman didn’t show any issues catching the ball during the Ravens' three-day rookie camp. Perriman projects for major rookie-year targets as Marc Trestman's X receiver.
May 16 - 3:11 PM

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta said he was "optimistic" he will play this season after participating in minicamp.

"I feel good. But obviously it’s a process," Pitta said. "I have an idea in mind of where I’d like to be in a couple months, but at the same time you don’t know." The Ravens approached the draft like Pitta would not be available this season, taking Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle with two of their nine picks. Anything Pitta can give the Ravens in 2015 would be a bonus, and there is still a real chance he has played his last snap in the NFL. Pitta will turn 30 in June.
May 16 - 1:08 PM


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