Joe Rankin worked overnight for several months as a forklift operator, toiling away to save up enough money to train for another shot at the NFL.
Now the former Morgan State cornerback is preparing for a Pro Day next week at his alma mater. Last year, he went undrafted, participated in the Ravens' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and was not signed.
"I'm definitely very hungry and excited," Rankin said in a telephone interview. "I've been training and trying to better myself to give it another go and hopefully put up some good numbers and grab the attention of NFL scouts.
"I was working overnight so I could train during the day. I did that for five months to save enough money to devote myself full time to training. I'm taking all of the experiences I've had and giving it a strong push."
Rankin was invited to the NFL super regional combine last year at Ford Field in Detroit after participating in an NFL regional combine and a local-prospects day at the Ravens' facility.
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Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory acknowledged that he failed a drug test for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine in February.
"I blame myself," Gregory told NFL Network. "And I know it sounds cliché, but there's really no one else I can blame."
Gregory met with the Ravens informally at the combine and is scheduled to visit them before the draft, according to league sources. It's unclear whether this revelation about drug use will cause Gregory's draft stock to fall. The Ravens have the 26th overall pick of the first round.
Gregory informed teams that he smoked marijuana, including two positive tests at Nebraska. He told NFL Network that he hasn't smoked marijuana since December, but he had high enough levels of the drug in his system that it triggered a positive test. Gregory said he hasn't used any other illegal drugs.
"I was worse at Nebraska than I've ever been at any other time of my life," Gregory said. "But I know how I am now. I think if teams really look at how I am now...Read more
Former Ravens running back Ray Rice's Reisterstown home is under contract, according to real estate records.
The five-bedroom residence was listed for $899,000, and a contract was reached shortly after it was listed. The closing is scheduled for April.
The Colonial style three-level custom home on an acre of land that includes a swimming pool was built and purchased in 2012, the same year Rice signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens.
Rice told The Baltimore Sun that he and his wife and daughter have moved to a larger home close to his hometown of New Rochelle, N.Y.
“Honestly, it’s really all love to the fans, to the city. I can’t think of one bad thing to say about Baltimore," Rice said in a February interview. "This city is truly to me one of the greatest cities in the world. It’s a city that’s very diverse and it made me feel like this was home and it truly was home for me. That’s going to be a hard pill to swallow to leave Baltimore like that. Truly, I feel like I...Read more
Will it be known as the Ravens rule?
An NFL competition committee proposal to “make it illegal for an offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible and line up outside the core of the formation” got the necessary 75 percent approval from team owners during the final day of the league meetings at the Arizona Biltmore resort.
That means a tactic the New England Patriots used in their comeback, 35-31, victory over the Ravens in an AFC divisional playoff game in January will be penalized going forward.
“That player had an eligible number and he was lined up outside of the tackle box,” said Rich McKay, the co-chairman of the competition committee, when asked specifically about whether the new rule would outlaw the tactic that the Patriots used against the Ravens. “You will no longer be allowed to wear [an ineligible number] outside the tackle box.”
The proposal to change the rule was made by the competition committee, which includes Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome....Read more
At the league meetings this week, the NFL announced the order for the 2015 draft, which will begin April 30 in Chicago.
The Ravens will have 10 total selections. Below is where the picks will fall:
1st round: 26th overall
2nd round: 58th overall
3rd round: 90th overall
4th round: 122nd overall (pick from Detroit in Haloti Ngata trade)
4th round: 125th overall
4th round: 136th overall (compensatory selection)
5th round: 158th overall (pick from Detroit in Ngata trade)
5th round: 171st overall (compensatory selection)
5th round: 175th overall (compensatory selection)
6th round: 203rd overall (pick from Dallas in Rolando McClain trade)Read more
The Ravens are $8.386 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $143.28 million, a solid financial situation at this stage of the offseason.
The Ravens are listed as having $9.625 million in cap space, but that doesn't include defensive end Chris Canty's two-year, $4.65 million contract that hasn't been officially processed to account for his $1.75 million salary-cap figure.
That means the Ravens have enough financial flexibility to sign free agents, extend current players under contract and have enough money set aside for their rookie pool to sign as many as 10 draft picks.
The Ravens created $2.75 million in cap savings when they restructured veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb's contract, lowering his salary-cap figure from $12 million to $9.25 million for the 2015 fiscal year.
The Ravens also saved $8.5 million in salary cap space and cash when they traded five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Detroit Lions.
Here are the top salary-cap commitments the Ravens have...Read more