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Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams: 'We don't need anybody to be Haloti'

The offseason trade of five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata dramatically altered the landscape of the Ravens defensive line.

Traded to the Detroit Lions in March following a contract dispute, Ngata was a unique talent at 6 feet 4 and 340 pounds.

He was big and strong enough to stuff the run and clog up holes by occupying two blockers, hard hitting enough to force six fumbles in his career.

Ngata was also a good pass rusher with 25 1/2 career sacks.

And Ngata was agile enough to snag five career interceptions.

Timmy Jernigan is slated to replace Ngata, but it will take the entire defensive line increasing its contributions to make up for his departure.

That includes nose tackle Brandon Williams continuing to improve heading into his second full season as a starter.

“It tells me I just have to step up," Williams said. "We have to do more. I accept the challenge willingly, to get out there and do everything I have to do to be my best player, be my best self. And that goes for...

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Retired Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas to attend NFL broadcasting boot camp

Retired former Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas is participating in the NFL's ninth annual broadcasting boot camp.

The four-day workshop starts Monday at NFL Films in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Thomas is among 24 current and former players, including New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and retired Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, attending the boot camp.

Thomas, 37, was a two-time Pro Bowl selection who was drafted by the Ravens in 2000 in the sixth round out of Southern Miss. He finished his career with the New England Patriots.

The four-day program includes instructors from CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, SiriusXM and Westwood One Radio.

It includes instruction on tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each player will tape segments as a game analyst and as a field reporter and serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“You can turn on your television at...

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Ravens place rookie cornerback Julian Wilson on injured reserve

The Ravens have placed rookie cornerback Julian Wilson on injured reserve.

The undrafted free agent from Oklahoma was waived-injured Thursday and went unclaimed off waivers.

Wilson broke his leg during a rookie minicamp and underwent surgery. He was one of the Ravens' most heavily recruited undrafted rookies, signing with the team over offers from the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns. The deal with the Ravens includes a $9,000 signing bonus, according to a source.

Wilson worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Falcons before the draft.

He met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine, discussing defensive schemes with secondary coach Chris Hewitt.

Wilson has prototypical size and speed for an NFL defensive back.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound cornerback has 32 3/8-inch arms, 9 1/4-inch hands and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

An Academic All-Big 12 Conference...

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Ex-Ravens running back Bernard Pierce DUI case postponed, assigned July court date

Former Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce has been assigned a July court date in his case for driving while under the influence of alcohol, according to Maryland court records.

Pierce had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, but the case was postponed until July 28 in Towson District Court.

Pierce was arrested March 18 at 1:54 a.m. in Baltimore County on Dulaney Valley Road and was released by the Ravens roughly a dozen hours after his arrest.

Pierce, 24, was driving a 2014 Ford Mustang when he was pulled over by an unmarked patrol car for speeding 55 mph in a 30-mph zone on Dulaney Valley Road near Interstate 695 just prior to 2 a.m., according to Baltimore County police charging documents.

The officer said Pierce’s car crossed into the next lane before he pulled him over. When told why he was pulled over, Pierce asked, “What did I do again?” The officer wrote in his charging document that Pierce smelled of alcohol and struggled to pull his driver’s license out of his wallet.

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Joe Flacco weighs in on new extra-point rule, inflation of footballs

When the Ravens break the huddle after touchdowns this fall, they'll have more decisions to contemplate than in the past.

With the extra point moved back to the 15-yard line and the two-point conversion remaining at the 2-yard line, NFL teams are facing a debate on whether to go for two or kick the longer extra point.

An uptick in two-point conversion attempts has been predicted, but quarterback Joe Flacco was noncommittal on whether he believes there will be a lot of change.

"I have no idea, I really don’t know," Flacco said. "The only thing I can think of is I wouldn’t think that you would just naturally go for a two-point conversion, more so. I’m not the coach though.

"There may be a couple more misses here and there, and I guess in order to make up for that miss, maybe teams will go for two the next time. I don’t know. I’m sure it will work out so that there are a couple more two-point conversions, but we’ll see.”

Meanwhile, Flacco laughed when asked about how he likes footballs to...

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For Ravens' Steve Smith, age is just a number

Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith downplays his age (36), but he has to train extremely hard to maintain his high level of play.

The Ravens have had several players who have played past their prime, but as they got older they trained harder.

Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis made the mountain run at Oregon Ridge part of his regular regiment and his former teammate, safety Ed Reed, love to build and train in sand pits. He had one built over at The Castle as part of his negotiations once.

Former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe employed his own personal chef and she often followed him around at the team's old training facility in Owings Mills when it was time for lunch or dinner.

Smith was one of the few offensive starters who showed up for OTA practice on Wednesday and he still looks sharp. He still runs crisp routes.

"Age comes, but football conditioning and routes and all that stuff, that doesn't change with age,"  Smith said. "Obviously, you probably have to start a little bit...

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