Former Ravens guard Bobbie Williams has been keeping tabs on his former team from afar and he thinks it's only a matter of time until Juan Castillo and the Ravens get their sluggish running game going.
The Ravens on Thursday added another another body to the competition to replace retired center Matt Birk, trading a conditional 2014 pick to the Indianapolis Colts for center A.Q. Shipley. Shipley will compete with Gino Gradkowski and 2013 draft pick Ryan Jensen.
Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda, who turns 29 late this year, is a relative greybeard along the line. He is the only offensive lineman on the roster above the age of 26. Offensive tackles Michael Oher and Ramon Harewood are both 26. The rest are 25 or under.
The conversations didn't just start in the aftermath of the Ravens' victory in Super Bowl XLVII. They actually began four months earlier when Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh started to meet and plan for 2013 and beyond.
When they next take the field for the start of organized team activities, the Ravens will have a significantly different look from the group that beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, on Feb. 3 to capture the second world championship in franchise history.
While team officials have yet to comment on Pollard's release, it continues a trend of offseason activity that has the Ravens' roster — particularly on the defensive side — getting younger, thinner, quieter and in some cases, cheaper.
The Ravens have decided to terminate the contract of Bobbie Williams, according to a team source. Looking to find a steady replacement for departed left guard Ben Grubbs, the Ravens signed the veteran guard before the 2012 season. He made six starts and played in 12 games, but was a reserve during the playoffs.
The Baltimore Ravens could soon make tough roster cuts to create more salary cap space. This is not an easy thing for the front office today in any year, but especially so after lifting the Lombardi Trophy just a few weeks ago. One of those cap casualties could be All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach, who is regarded by pundits and his peers as the NFL's best at his position.
The Ravens have scratched starting left offensive guard Jah Reid for today's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a toe injury that prevented him from doing much at practice all week.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees stuck with an aggressive approach, blitzing defenders and using unusual alignments. He lined up safeties James Ihedigbo and Omar Brown as edge pass rushers lined up outside the tackles and shifted outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw to nose guard.
Two minutes into overtime of a 31-28 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field, the Ravens allowed a 64-yard punt return to Redskins cornerback Richard Crawford that directly led to a 34-yard game-winning field goal by kicker Kai Forbath.
The Ravens rank 21st in rushing yards and 18th in yards per carry, and only eight quarterbacks have been sacked more often than Joe Flacco. But while their offensive linemen cannot hide from criticism whenever Rice hits a wall or Flacco hits the turf, Rice said he isn't worried about his big blockers, who at times have gotten pushed around on and off the field in recent weeks.