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
Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine, discussing defensive schemes with secondary coach Chris Hewitt.
"I met with them and it was really good," Wilson told The Baltimore Sun. "We went over board work, going over coverages my team was doing and some Ravens stuff. They wanted to see if I had a good understanding of the game. It was fun."
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 and bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times.
At the NFL scouting combine, Wilson ran a 4.58 and had a 36-inch vertical leap. Wilson trained at IMG Academy along with Penn State safety Adrian Amos (Calvert Hall) along with secondary coach Cory Robinson, the founder of Next Level Nation.
"I feel like my size and speed helps me tremendously," Wilson said. "The game is changing. Receivers keep getting bigger and...Read more
Editor's note: As Penn State free safety and cornerback Adrian Amos gets ready for the NFL draft, the former Calvert Hall standout will be sharing details about his preparations with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. The 6-foot, 218-pound All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention selection has been projected to be taken anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts. Amos played in the Senior Bowl and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout. Here's his 12th entry in the series:
I worked out for the Ravens, and I think I did pretty well. I went in there and talked to the coaches and showed my movement skills and how I tracked the ball. I think I showed them I can do everything on the football field as far as the defensive back position.
I can play corner or safety and I always show my corner skills and safety skills. It was pretty nice, their facilities in Owings Mills. I was very impressed. I met John Harbaugh. It was pretty cool meeting...Read more
The Ravens are $10.673 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $143.28 million following their four-year, $48 million contract extension for cornerback Jimmy Smith.
Smith has a $3.6 million salary cap figure for 2015 instead of his original $6.898 million fifth-year option.
The contract averages $10.275 million per year, has $21 million guaranteed and a $13 million signing bonus.
Smith has fully guaranteed base salaries of $1 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016, and nonguaranteed base salaries of $8.5 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $9.5 million in 2019. His salary-cap figures are $9.6 million in 2016, $11.1 million in 2017, $11.6 million in 2018 and $12.1 million in 2019.
There's also a pending grievance filed by former Ravens safety Darian Stewart, who's now with the Denver Broncos, in a dispute over a playtime incentive. There's $80,000 being held against the salary cap while the grievance is pending.
The Ravens have enough financial flexibility to sign free agents, extend...Read more
The Ravens’ insistence on taking the best player rather than targeting their biggest need adds to the shroud of mystery that annually surrounds the organization heading into the NFL draft.
While draft pundits have been consistent in projecting the Ravens to use their 26th overall pick on either a wide receiver or a cornerback, general manager Ozzie Newsome has shown that he’s not afraid to do the unexpected.
It would be foolish to dismiss the possibility that Newsome will use the pick to further bolster a position of perceived strength or even trade it to add to the team’s middle-round draft haul.
Until April 30, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will examine the Ravens’ depth at each position, the potential of them adding to that spot early in the draft and some of the players who they could target.
The Ravens will enter the three-day draft with 10 picks: one in each of the first, second, third and sixth rounds, and three each in the fourth and fifth rounds.
We've already...Read more