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Ravens rookies Breshad Perriman, Maxx Williams, Buck Allen scheduled to attend NFLPA rookie event

Three Ravens rookie draft picks are scheduled to attend the annual NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere event.

The NFLPA issued a press release stating that first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman, second-round tight end Maxx Williams and fourth-round running back Buck Allen are confirmed to attend the four-day program.

The marketing event, which includes sponsor activities, trading card photo shoots and business of football seminars, starts Thursday. That's the final day of the Ravens' organized team activity, a scheduling conflict that could cause them to miss a day of the voluntary practice.

Over 40 rookies are listed to attend the 21st annual rookie event, which includes the following companies: Topps, Panini America, Nike, Fanatics, EA Sports, Fanatics Authentic, FedEx, Uber, New Era, TheraPearl, Samsung, Intel, Gatorade, Proctor & Gamble and Tostitos.

Other rookies listed to attend include Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus...

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Ex-Ravens DT Terrence Cody assigned August court date in felony animal cruelty case

Former Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody has been assigned an August court date in his felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor drug charge case.

Cody and his girlfriend, Kourtney Jammese Kelley, have been assigned an Aug. 11 court date in Baltimore County Circuit Court. They are both represented by Towson attorney Joe Murtha and are facing 15 total criminal counts, including two felonies animal cruelty charges.

Assistant state's attorney Adam Lippe is prosecuting the case.

Law enforcement officials said that Cody has left Maryland and is believed to be living in Alabama. Cody is being sued for damages to the house he rented. He doesn't need permission to leave the state under the conditions of his bail, but didn't inform court officials of a change of address.

Cody was arrested in February after being indicted for allegedly torturing and causing the death of his bullmastiff, according to a Baltimore County grand jury indictment.

A copy of the indictment, obtained by The Baltimore Sun,...

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Ravens news, notes and opinions on OTAs, offensive line and 'Hard Knocks'

The Ravens will open up organized team activities tomorrow and, as always, much of the attention will be on quarterback Joe Flacco and the team’s rookies and newcomers. But here are five veterans who might be worth monitoring over the next couple of weeks. And I say “might” because these workouts are voluntary and there are no assurances that the following players will be participating:

1. Eugene Monroe, LT: There will be no open roster competition at left tackle even though James Hurst represented himself well as an undrafted free agent last year. It is Monroe’s job, but the Ravens will need him to be healthier and more consistent than he was last year after signing a big free-agent deal.

2. Courtney Upshaw, OLB: With Pernell McPhee gone, Upshaw should get more opportunities to show that he can rush the passer. Heading into a contract year, he needs to come into training camp in peak shape, which has been problematic at times in his career.

3. Matt Elam, S: This could be a make-or-break...

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Michael Campanaro eyes expanded role as receiver, returner for Ravens

Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro spent his rookie season absorbing knowledge of the playbook and adjusting to the rigors of the NFL.

That included the River Hill graduate battling a lingering hamstring injury that tested his patience and limited him to four games, seven catches, 102 yards and a touchdown in the regular season.

Campanaro is eyeing a potential expanded role on offense and in the return game as one of the top candidates to replace Jacoby Jones on special teams.

"I'm extremely excited," Campanaro told The Baltimore Sun as the Ravens prepared to start their first round of organized team activities this week at their training complex. "Rookie years are difficult for anyone getting on a new team and figuring out the playbook and adjusting to the NFL game. Year Two, I just feel more comfortable.

"We basically kept our same offense. With another year in the system after going through installs and running plays, you feel way more comfortable. It's like second nature. That...

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Ravens CB Rashaan Melvin grieves father's death as he rehabs shoulder injury

As difficult an experience as the Ravens' playoff game loss to the New England Patriots was for cornerback Rashaan Melvin, it's also been a trying offseason for him.

Melvin's father, James Melvin, died in February following a long battle with prostate cancer.

"I'm doing pretty good, my family is strong," said Melvin, who has also spent the past few months rehabilitating from offseason shoulder surgery. "We're positive. We believe in God. We just take it as it comes. We're strong-faith people."

A former walk-on who earned a scholarship at Northern Illinois and went undrafted before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Melvin became a starter for the Ravens last season following a series of injuries at the cornerback position.

Prior to the Ravens' playoff game in January, James Melvin told The Baltimore Sun that he was extremely proud of his son's progress.

"Rashaan has earned everything he's gotten," James Melvin said. "Now the Ravens have given him an opportunity, and he's proving himself...

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Ravens guard, math scholar John Urschel analyzes extra-point rule change

As a math scholar, Ravens offensive guard John Urschel is accustomed to applying his knowledge and authoring complicated papers in academic journals.

A winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy given to the top scholar-athlete in the equivalent of the academic Heisman Trophy, Urschel has taught Vector Calculus Trigonometry to Penn State students.

And the 4.0 grade point average student had a paper published this year in the Journal of Computational Mathemetatics called “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians.” A year ago, Urschel published a paper in the top math journal, Linear Algebra and Its Applications called “Spectra Bisection of Graphs and Connectedness.”

So, Urschel's analysis of the NFL moving back its extra-point to the 15-yard line is worth a perusal. Urschel, whose Twitter handle is @MathMeetsFBall, wrote a piece on The Players Tribune, where he's the advanced stats columnist, called "Math Meets Football: Is the New Extra Point...

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