Cam Newton's talent on the field and easy embrace of showmanship has long made him an invaluable ambassador for Under Armour, the Baltimore-based athletic apparel and footwear brand. And his value to the company is about to skyrocket as the Panthers, who defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, prepare for Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
After his official visit to Ball State in December, Franklin wide receiver Damon Hazelton was pretty well sold on the program. He announced his commitment to the Cardinals Saturday over offers from Villanova and Delaware.
Ronald Torbert, in his second season as a referee and sixth year as an NFL official, did not recognize Ravens guard John Urschel signaling he was lining up as an eligible player in a Monday night game Baltimore lost 26-18 at Arizona.
This week's five stats that stand out focus heavily on the Pittsburgh Steelers passing game, the Ravens' ability to stop them, and of course, the injuries that have hampered the Ravens this season but haven't slowed Pittsburgh.
Heading into Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens have started two quarterbacks, Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clausen, in the past three weeks, and a third, Ryan Mallett, could get an opportunity before season's end.
An examination of the in-game win probabilities and expected point values of every play this season reveals costly turnovers, big opposing passing plays, and crushing penalties to be the biggest swings in the Ravens' 12 close games.
A season of gradual improvement from the safety combo of Kendrick Lewis and Will Hill has the Ravens confident they have their long-term solution at the position — and eyeing the safeties on the opposing sideline Sunday as the standard they hope to one day meet. The Seattle Seahawks safety tandem of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor has played a large role in the team's two straight Super Bowl runs, the product of five straight years starting together.
Starting left tackle Eugene Monroe and starting left guard Kelechi Osemele missed another day of practice for the Ravens Friday, bringing further into question their availability Monday at the Cleveland Browns.
Barring a dramatic turnaround in Baltimore and total collapses elsewhere, the Ravens aren't likely to be a serious player in the AFC postseason picture over the final six weeks of this season. That might knock them out of two primetime games at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ravens rookie outside linebacker Za¿Darius Smith is being credited with getting a hand on Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers¿ 26-yard field goal miss on Sunday, at least within the team facility in Owings Mills.
When the Ravens acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars in October 2013, they traded for a player who had shown he could be counted on as a cornerstone left tackle over his first five seasons. On Sunday against his former team, Monroe, who is returning from a multiweek shoulder injury, has the opportunity to begin a spell that can eliminate some of the criticisms about his play and questions about his durability as the team's well-paid, franchise left tackle.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh practiced his team in full pads on Wednesday, the final day before their mandatory four-day break for the bye week, though he gave many of his banged-up starting offensive linemen the day off to avoid the contact.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he didn¿t get an update Monday on starting center Jeremy Zuttah¿s sprained left shoulder, but starting left tackle Eugene Monroe told him Monday ¿he felt very confident that he would be back¿ after the Week 9 bye.
Ravens starting left tackle Eugene Monroe is inactive for the fourth time this season, this time with a shoulder injury suffered Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals, leaving reserve James Hurst to start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
So far, ex-Maryland Terrapin Jacquille Veii is faring well for the Towson Tigers (4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association), who weIcome Delaware (3-4, 2-2) on Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff. Veii leads the team in catches (28) and receiving yards (348) and has become redshirt senior quarterback Connor Frazier's favorite target.