South Florida cornerback and kick returner Chris Dunkley visited the Ravens last week and came away encouraged by his outlook.
"It was really good," Dunkley told The Baltimore Sun. "I got a very good vibe. It was awesome to be there. I met with Ozzie Newsome. I did my physical. I talked to their secondary coach, Chris Hewitt. I talked to their special teams coach, Jerry Rosburg. I got a good vibe from the Ravens."
During his visit to the Ravens, the Florida transfer spent time with fellow former Gators and Ravens safeties Matt Elam and Will Hill. Dunkley works out with Elam during the offseason in South Florida. He was at the Ravens' training complex last Wednesday, the same day that cornerback Jimmy Smith signed his four-year, $48 million contract extension.
Dunkley also visited the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions last week.
Dunkley is a converted wide receiver and Florida transfer who's also had a private workout for the Miami Dolphins and Patriots, and visited the San Diego Chargers...Read more
University of Miami tight end Clive Walford had a predraft meeting with the Ravens, according to NFL sources.
Walford dominated Senior Bowl practices, especially in red-zone drills. He is the second-ranked tight end in the draft, behind University of Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams. He's generally graded as a second-to-third-round draft pick.
The Ravens are in the market for a tight end due to tight end Dennis Pitta's uncertain status. Pitta has dislocated and fractured his right hip twice in the past two seasons.
Walford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds at the NFL scouting combine during which he also bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times, had a 35-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump.
The 6-foot-4, 251-pound tight end was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third-team All-American last season. He was a finalist for the John Mackey award.
Walford tore his meniscus and missed the Hurricanes' bowl game.
As a junior, he started every game and caught 34 passes....Read more
The arrival of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman brings a professorial quality to the Ravens' offense.
Bespectacled with a rich vocabulary, Trestman is well-versed in the stock market, took and passed the bar exam and earned a nickname, "The Quarterback Whisperer," for his work with Steve Young and Bernie Kosar.
Although Trestman and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler were not successful together -- particularly last season, which ended with Trestman being fired as head coach following a 5-11 nose dive -- he's made a good impression so far on quarterback Joe Flacco.
"Everybody likes Marc, I think he's a bright guy," Flacco said Saturday night during a Special Olympics Maryland event in at Al Packer Ford in White Marsh. "I think he's running the meetings well. I think he's doing some really good things. We're evolving a little bit. I think he's going to be a good fit."
The expectation is that Trestman will use a lot of former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking system...Read more
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta enjoyed being back at the team facility last week, taking part in workouts with his teammates. He hopes that was just the start of a significant comeback.
Pitta, who has had surgeries to repair a fractured and dislocated hip each of the past two years, said Saturday that his goal remains to be on the field for the 2015 season. But he said it’s too early to know whether that will be possible.
“We still have some time to be able to assess where I’m at,” said Pitta, who appeared with quarterback Joe Flacco at Casino Night at Al Packer's White Marsh Ford to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. “I sure hope that I’ll be on the field next year. That’s my hope; that’s my goal. We’ll just see if we can get there.”
The Ravens have said they are leaving the decision to Pitta and his doctors. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said Pitta’s hip is fully recovered, but whether he returns to the field is up to the 29-year-old..
Pitta suffered his second dislocated and fractured...Read more
A large contingent of runners participated in retired Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance's annual championship run Saturday in Canton.
Ravens Pro Bowl inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, defensive tackle Tony Siragusa and defensive end Michael McCrary attended the event.
The 5.7-kilometer run and one-mile family run-walk, organized through the Brigance Brigade, benefits research for and support of families dealing with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
The Ravens' senior advisor to player development, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. He won a Super Bowl with the Ravens after the 2000 season and also won a Grey Cup championship with the Baltimore Stallions.
"The growth of the awareness about ALS over the past few years has been the most impressive to me, from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to movies like 'A Beautiful Mind,' and TV series like Empire," Brigance told The Baltimore...Read more