Eric DeCosta

Whether Ravens acknowledge it or not, they know much is on the line in 2017

Whether Ravens acknowledge it or not, they know much is on the line in 2017

On the eve of the Ravens’ first training camp practice in late July, coach John Harbaugh stood before players, coaches and other team personnel in a packed auditorium at the Under Armour Performance Center and outlined his expectations for the 2017 season.

The speech was typical Harbaugh. He emphasized toughness, togetherness and discipline. He verbalized his vision for what he hoped his team would become. He also issued a challenge of sorts, reminding his players that the organization’s patience had its limits. Players who weren’t developing and couldn’t consistently stay on the field would get left behind.

If the players didn’t get the...