The Ravens drafting of two tight ends – Minnesota’s Maxx Williams in the second round and Delaware’s Nick Boyle in the fifth – doesn’t necessarily mean that veteran Dennis Pitta won’t play football again. But it does reflect the reality of the situation after Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip in each of the past two seasons.
Pitta recently expressed hope that he’d return for the 2015 season and the Ravens have said that the player and the doctors will make that decision. But they obviously have to prepare for the strong possibility that Pitta won’t play again.
“I still don’t know what’s going to happen with him,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said Saturday.
This isn’t a recent revelation. When Pitta was hurt last September against the Cleveland Browns without making contact with another player, it was widely reported that the tight end’s career was in jeopardy. You need only to look back at Bo Jackson’s career to get a reminder of how significant hip injuries are, and the effect that...Read more
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is bullish on the Ravens' rookie draft class, giving them an A-minus in his annual post-draft grades.
Kiper expressed surprise that Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman, a 4.22 speedster in the 40-yard dash, lasted until the Ravens' 26th overall pick of the first round.
He also provided a prediction on Perriman, who will try to replace former Ravens wide reciever Torrey Smith after Smith signed with the San Francisco 49ers this offseaosn.
"I think he'll be better than Torrey Smith," Kiper said during a conference call Sunday afternoon.
The Ravens drafted Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams in the second round and anticipate hihe will have a major pass-catching role in new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman's tight end-friendly scheme. So does Kiper.
"I think Maxx Williams could be NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year," Kiper said. "He could be everything that Dennis Pitta was when he was healthy."
Kiper said that he thought Iowa defensive tackle Carl...Read more
Maryland outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil is signing a free-agent deal with the Tennessee Titans, according to sources.
The Towson High graduate went undrafted.
Cudjoe-Virgil ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 to 4.6 seconds at the Terps' Pro Day workout, according to NFL scouts.
The 6-foot-2, 244-pound former walk-on also bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times. He had a 4.25 short shuttle, a 7.2 three-cone drill and a 9-10 broad jump before 30 NFL teams.
Cudjoe-Virgil wasn't able to work out at the NFL scouting combine in February because of a knee injury. He participated in the Ravens' and Washington Redskins' local prospect days.
A transfer from Seton Hill University, Cudjoe-Virgil finished his career with 39 tackles, six for losses, five sacks and an interception. Last season, he played in nine games with three starts and had 21 tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for losses as he missed three games with a foot injury.
Because of a foot injury suffered during the preseason, Cudjoe-Virgil...Read more
The Ravens have invited Maryland defensive end Andre Monroe to their rookie minicamp this week on a tryout basis, according to a source.
Monroe went undrafted.
An unconventionally-built defensive lineman at 5-foot-10 and 294 pounds, Monroe leaves Maryland sharing the Terps’ all-time record with Mike Corvino with 24 sacks. Monroe also had 39 career tackles for losses. He is highly regarded for his work ethic and character.
Monroe had 20 sacks and 31 1/2 tackles for losses in his past 26 games. He finished his career with just 5½ fewer sacks than Aaron Donald had at Pitt, 5½ sacks more than New York Jets defensive tackle and former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson had at Missouri, four more sacks than Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus had at Alabama and the same number of sacks that Miami Dolphins star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh recorded at Nebraska.
Monroe had four more sacks than top-ranked defensive tackle Leonard Williams had at USC.
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Bowie State tight end Khari Lee is signing a free agent deal with the Houston Texans after going undrafted.
Lee was invited to the Ravens' local prospect day. He was a Division II All-America selection and a three-time All-CIAA selection.
The Western Tech graduate worked out for 24 NFL teams at his pro day and had 10 total visits and private workouts.
Lee played in the East-West Shrine and Medal of Honor all-star games after catching 34 passes for 389 yards and a touchdown last season.
Maryland wide receiver Deon Long agreed to a free-agent deal with the Tennessee Titans, while Terps linebackers Matt Robinson (Atholton) and Cole Farrand reached agreements with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants, respectively.
New Hampshire wide receiver R.J. Harris (Arundel), meanwhile, agreed to a free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.
After participating in the Redskins and Ravens' local-prospect days, Long went undrafted. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 to 4.58 seconds at the Terps' Pro Day workout before 30 NFL teams, including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio. Long ran a 4.51 at the NFL scouting combine.
Long attended four colleges, going to West Virginia, New Mexico and Iowa Western Junior College before completing his career with the Terps.
A Washington native who played at Dunbar, Long stood out at the East-West Shrine all-star game after catching 51 passes for 575 yards and two touchdowns last season.