Behind the strength of a breakthrough season, Ravens starting running back Justin Forsett has been named to the NFL Network top-100 players list.
Forsett is ranked 65th overall. This marks the first time that the veteran runner has been named to the list, which is a balloting done by NFL players.
Forsett was signed to a three-year, $9 million contract this offseason that includes a $2.1 million signing bonus.
He was rewarded after rushing for a career-high 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns as the replacement for former Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice.
Named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season, Forsett led the NFL with a franchise-record 17 runs of 20 yards or more. He also led the league with a 5.4-yard per carry average and caught 44 passes for 263 yards.Read more
Harry Swayne thought his NFL career was over.
The Ravens director of player development (and former offensive tackle) was drafted in the seventh round (190th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 as a defensive end. When a coach later suggested he transition to the offensive line, Swayne balked.
"I thought I was a pretty good defensive end," Swayne said Wednesday. "I couldn't see like he could see. ... All I could hear from my coach was, 'You have failed at defensive line.'"
It was then, Swayne told those in attendance at The Baltimore Sun's High School Athletes of the Year awards ceremony, that he was forced to change his attitude.
"He was able to tell me ... 'I dont want you to change positions because you failed at defensive end. You have not failed at defensive end,'" said Swayne, who was keynote speaker at the awards ceremony. "'But you have some particular traits that will prove much more useful and valuable on the other side of the ball.'"
The story has a happy ending. Swayne...Read more
The Oakland Raiders have signed former standout Dunbar outside linebacker Horace Miller.
Miller was previously with the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks last season after going undrafted out of Texas-El Paso.
Miller spent one week on the active roster with the Panthers after being promoted from the practice squad in December, but didn't play in a game. He was cut in April.
Miller was an all-state pass rusher at Dunbar, where he won a state championship with the Poets.
Miller, who participated in the Ravens' local prospects day and the NFL super regional combine at the Detroit Lions' Ford Field before the draft last year, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout.
He also had a 37.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-10 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times with a 6.99 three-cone drill.
The 6-foot, 237-pound linebacker was an All-Conference USA honorable mention as a junior, when he recorded six sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, blocked a field goal against...Read more
Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro suffered a quadriceps injury during organized team activities on Wednesday, according to NFL sources.
The severity of the injury for the River Hill graduate is still being determined.
Campanaro was able to walk following the injury and will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam to find out if it's a strain or a tear, according to sources.
Campanaro battled hamstring injuries last season that limited him to four games, seven catches and 102 yards and a touchdown.
Campanaro was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft last year out of Wake Forest. He is projected to play an increased role as a wide receiver and in the return game in his second season, provided that he's healthy.
He caught a career high three passes for 40 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in October and returned two punts for 17 yards, but the Clarksville native pulled his hamstring.
Once he returned in December, Campanaro caught one pass for 17 yards in the Ravens' regular-season...Read more
The Ravens cut undrafted rookie linebacker Trey DePriest and re-signed undrafted rookie linebacker Andrew Bose.
DePriest was a starter at Alabama who registered 87 total tackles and five tackles for loss last season. He was given a $5,000 signing bonus by the Ravens when he signed his three-year contract.
DePriest drew criticism from draft analysts for his conditioning prior to the NFL draft.
Bose, who tried out at the Ravens' rookie minicamp, was cut by the team after they signed veteran cornerback Kyle Arrington.
Bose, who grew up in Huntingtown, had 125 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season at Rhode Island. He was a second-team all-conference selection as a junior, when he he had 76 tackles.
In high school, Bose was a three-time All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference selection. He rushed for 878 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior.
Growing up in California, undrafted rookie wide receiver DeAndre Carter idolized Ravens five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith and patterned his game after him.
Carter -- 5 feet 8, 185 pounds -- saw a kindred spirit in Smith, a feisty, similarly-undersized wide receiver.
"Steve Smith kind of paved a path for shorter receivers in the league," Carter told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday as the Ravens prepared to begin their first organized team activity. "He plays with a chip on his shoulder. I liked his game, like the way he plays and model my game after him."
Carter went undrafted despite a prolific career at Sacramento State, where he earned All-American honors last season when he led all Football Championship Subdivsion schools with 99 catches for 1,321 yards and a school-record 17 touchdowns.
"I always play with a chip on my shoulder," Carter said. "I come from a small school and people say I'm undersized. Personally, I feel like I should have been drafted.
"I want to go out and...Read more