A week after Michael Huff struggled in a loss the Denver Broncos, rookie Matt Elam, the team's first-round pick in April¿s NFL draft, replaced Huff as the starting free safety in Sunday's 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns. Elam played all 63 defensive snaps.
Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel gives his take on the Baltimore Ravens' 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, including thoughts on the Ravens' offensive identity, Terrell Suggs and their fierce pass rush, Marlon Brown's surprising start, and more.
The Ravens will commemorate their Super Bowl XLVII victory one final time before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with a video tribute and the unveiling of world champion banners. Whether they pay homage to last year's team by getting back to the same offensive script from their stunning postseason run is not as clear.
The Ravens are well-rested, motivated and ticked off, not a good combination if you are a Browns team that is looking for its first win in the series since 2007. Cleveland is an improving team and they will pose problems for the Ravens in several areas.
Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. Running back Bernard Pierce is also questionable and offensive tackle Michael Oher is listed as probable.
Even though he has played through pain, has never complained about getting his position changed every season and is respected in the locker room, Michael Oher has been maligned during his Ravens career. He might not be a top NFL offensive tackle, but we got a glimpse of how valuable he is in Thursday night's loss.
With a passing game in flux due to the offseason trade of Anquan Boldin and a hip injury to tight end Dennis Pitta, the running game was being counted on to be the rock-solid foundation of the Ravens' offense.
We knew the Ravens would be in the nickel a lot against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. They probably had to use it even more than expected as the Broncos went three-wide on more than 75 percent of their plays. As a result, Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham and Lardarius Webb played significant snaps.
I expect a lot of the national media to say that the reason the Ravens lost and gave up a lot of yards to Denver and Peyton Manning is because the team no longer has linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed.
Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel gives his take on the Baltimore Ravens' loss to the Denver Broncos, including thoughts on the Ravens defense, Joe Flacco missing Dennis Pitta and John Harbaugh's decision not to challenge Wes Welker's non-catch.
The Ravens¿ starting offense and defense in the preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday looked nothing like the units that will be on the field next week in the regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos.
During the Ravens' 34-27 preseason loss Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium, the offensive line struggled mightily at times as the Panthers finished with three sacks, eight tackles for losses and six quarterback hits.
It took only a few moments for Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda and starting cornerback Lardarius Webb during their respective preseason debuts to prove that their surgically repaired limbs are sound.
When the Ravens brought back All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach midway through training camp, it looked as if there wouldn't be much of a role left for fellow fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was a fourth-round pick this spring.
Saturday¿s outdoor practice started at 2:45 p.m. and ended at 5:20. The sun was out for most of the workout with temperatures hovering in the high 70¿s. Players were in full pads after having Friday off from practice following Thursday¿s 27-23 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Baltimore Ravens running back Rice rushed for just 10 yards on eight first-half carries against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night and was twice tackled for a loss. Overall, the Ravens rushed for 61 yards on 26 carries -- a poor average of 2.3 yards per carry