Maybe no player in Ravens history symbolized the toughness of the organization more than former defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who announced his retirement Monday after 13 seasons in the NFL, including nine in Baltimore.
It's like a fraternity, Zachary Orr is trying to explain, and in the literal sense of the word, he is correct: The Ravens' undrafted linebackers are a brotherhood, sharing practice reps, small-school pedigrees and the life lessons that have so far kept them kin.
The Ravens coaches began the arduous process of self study immediately after the conclusion of a disappointing 2015 season. What coach John Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Dean Pees saw on tape didn't look a whole lot like the defense that longtime admirers have come to expect from the Ravens.
The Ravens have done a good job overall in their selections to the Ring of Honor, which includes Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and several of the old Baltimore Colts. But there is someone missing. Where is cornerback Chris McAlister?
Brown is getting the opportunity many Americans would welcome; a shot at the big leagues. The odds are against him making the roster because there are times when he appears too stiff, slow and a tad awkward. And then there are times when he catches everything thrown near him like he did a few weeks ago in the rookie minicamp.
Nick Perry, a safety, and Trey DePriest, an inside linebacker, are products of the University of Alabama, the alma mater of Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and a frequent source of Ravens defensive talent. They play positions where undrafted players frequently stick on the Ravens roster.
The Ravens gave undrafted Virginia Tech defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins a $10,000 signing bonus for the highest bonus the AFC North franchise negotiated this year for their class of undrafted free agent rookies.
More than 1,000 runners and dozens of power walkers descended on Canton Saturday morning to compete in the first annual Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7 K run, an event established to raise funds for those who suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
After firing Brian Billick following the 2007 season, the Ravens selected John Harbaugh as their next head coach, choosing him over a group of candidates that included Rex Ryan, the team's defensive coordinator. It was an unconventional decision at the time, hiring a longtime special teams coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles over one of the architects of the Ravens' vaunted defense and the popular choice of the players.
It's been said and written that Terrell Suggs, who has seven sacks this season, has recaptured his 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year form after an injury-plagued 2012. But those who know him best insist that they're watching an even better player, one who is combining physical skills with a deeper knowledge of the game, an increased focus and a stronger desire to lead.
The Ravens' front office has earned plenty of praise for their decisions during the draft but it is also in the minutes after the final pick has been made, a period that assistant general manager Eric DeCosta equated to a "feeding frenzy," where the organization has historically done some of its best work.