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ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley projects sixth-round WR Darren Waller to be left off the 53-man roster.

Standing in at 6-foot-6, 238 pounds with 4.46 wheels, Waller boasts an absurd size/speed combination, but like most Georgia Tech wideouts, enters the league as a raw prospect. Coach John Harbaugh said in May that Waller could see snaps at tight end. Waller drew little notice for his play in OTAs. He's shaping up as a classic practice-squad prospect.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 10:55 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley calls WR Jeremy Butler a "dark horse to watch" in camp.

A second-year undrafted free agent out of small-school Tennessee-Martin, Butler has drawn raves from Joe Flacco and WRs coach Bobby Engram. Per Hensley, Butler caught "nearly every pass thrown his way" this spring. Butler was a workout warrior last year, as well, before missing the entire season with a shoulder injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 10:33 AM

Ravens placed S Terrence Brooks (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Brooks has been sidelined since December ACL surgery. He'll remain sidelined through training camp, but has a chance at a late-season return.
Jul 24 - 5:54 PM

Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta (hip) on the active/PUP list.

This is mostly a procedural move after Pitta missed OTAs and minicamp. Recovering from two separate hip fractures, Pitta is expected to open the year on reserve/PUP. Rookie Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore will replace Pitta.
Jul 24 - 5:48 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley projects first-round pick Breshad Perriman as the starting wideout opposite Steve Smith Sr.

This may seem obvious to most considering Perriman's first-round pedigree, but Perriman only rotated with the first team at spring practices, sharing time with Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown. Aiken actually got the most reps with the ones. Hensley acknowledges Perriman is "trying to beat out" Aiken and Brown.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 12:50 PM

Dennis Pitta (hip) is expected to open the season on reserve/PUP, ruling him out of the first six games.

Pitta's journey back from two separate hip fractures and dislocations is going slowly. He still hasn't been cleared to practice and his career remains in jeopardy, leading the Ravens to select Maxx Williams at No. 55 overall in May. If Pitta contributes anything this season, it will be considered a bonus.
Jul 21 - 8:42 AM

Ravens officials don't consider wide receiver a pressing need heading into training camp.

It's a vote of confidence in rookie Breshad Perriman, as well as Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown. The Ravens had no interest in free agent Reggie Wayne because they "don't want to push younger receivers" down the depth chart. Perriman remains the favorite to start opposite 36-year-old Steve Smith Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 11:16 AM

Ravens LCB Lardarius Webb is campaigning to return punts.

Jacoby Jones returned punts for the Ravens in 2014, but he signed with San Diego after being cut in the offseason. Asa Jackson and Michael Campanaro are also candidates to fill Baltimore's vacant punt return job. 29-year-old Webb has returned 53 punts in his career for an average of 9.83 yards.
Jul 10 - 10:19 AM

The Baltimore Sun deemed fourth-round OLB Za'Darius Smith arguably the Ravens' "most impressive and consistent rookie" after spring practices.

Smith showed "athleticism, explosiveness and instincts as a pass rusher." Beat writer Aaron Wilson also noted how comfortable Smith looked in pass coverage. That doesn't guarantee Smith will be as effective when the pads come on, but he's done everything the Ravens have asked so far. While Smith projects as Pernell McPhee's eventual replacement at outside linebacker, Baltimore is expected to use the 22-year-old as a situational pass rusher in year one.
Jul 10 - 9:03 AM

Ravens contract-year K Justin Tucker is expected to command at least $9 million guaranteed on his next contract.

Tucker is looking to become the highest-paid kicker in the NFL. The Ravens have several contract situations they need to attend to (e.g. Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda) but Tucker remains a top priority. At very least, he'll be given the franchise tag in 2016. As a point of reference, Stephen Gostkowski will earn $4.59 million playing under the franchise tag this season.
Jul 10 - 8:43 AM

Ravens signed P Sam Koch to a five-year, $16.25 million extension through 2020.

As Koch was under contract for $2.5 million in 2015, the deal is really for six years and $18.75 million. He got a $4 million signing bonus. Koch had a slightly disappointing 2013, but rebounded last year to average 47.4 yards per punt with a league-best 43.3-yard net. Koch has averaged 47.4, 46.0, 47.1 and 46.5 yards per punt the past four seasons. He turns 33 next month.
Jul 9 - 2:51 PM

Will Hill is the "clear favorite" to start at strong safety, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Matt Elam is also in the mix though Hill has emerged as the clear frontrunner. Hill received PFF's 14th-highest safety grade last season but none of those snaps came at strong safety. Kendrick Lewis will take over at free safety after signing a three-year contract this offseason.
Jul 8 - 11:24 AM

The Baltimore Sun suggests Rashaan Melvin, Asa Jackson and Tray Walker are competing for two roster spots.

Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb and Kyle Arrington are locks, leaving Melvin, Jackson and Walker to battle for the fourth and fifth cornerback spots. Jackson was a major liability in coverage last season and Walker is considered a project player. Melvin played well in limited snaps last season (306 including the postseason) but will have to hold off Jackson and Walker to make the team.
Jul 8 - 11:13 AM

Breshad Perriman said his dropped passes are "really all mental."

Perriman had an up-and-down first NFL offseason, flashing "playmaking skills and explosiveness along with a tendency to lose his concentration and drop passes." He dropped 8-of-54 catchable passes at Central Florida last year. Heightened focus should be a fixable issue and we still expect Perriman to beat out Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown. The Ravens will want their first-round pick to win the starting X job opposite Steve Smith.
Jul 7 - 8:03 AM

Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (quad) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Campanaro has been sidelined with a torn quad since the start of OTAs. He’ll enter camp no higher than the No. 5 receiver. Campanaro is the favorite to replace Jacoby Jones on punt returns.
Jul 3 - 8:14 PM


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