- The Ravens clearly are intrigued enough by Lamar Jackson to bring in the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in for a pre-draft visit. But that doesn't mean they are taking him with the 16th overall pick.
- A potential Ravens' receiving option is off the board as Brandon Marshall reportedly agrees to deal with the New York Giants.
- The New York Jets confirmed Friday that they have released wide receiver Brandon Marshall, a move that continues their veteran purge and adds another high-end wide receiver to the free-agent class. The Ravens' level of interest in the six-time Pro Bowl selection isn't yet clear.
The decision seems like an obvious one.
Jimmy Smithis the RavensEntering Sunday's game, the New York Jets ranked last in the NFL in takeaways. On Sunday, the Ravens did what they could to help lift New York from the cellar.The good news for the Ravens is they now have two weeks to get healthy and try to fix their myriad issues that have led to the first four-game losing streak inFormer Ravens safety Ed Reed had his moments with the media during his superlative career here, some good, some bad. But now, he's joining their ranks.As slot receiver Michael Campanaro makes his bid for the NFL, he has already been told by one NFC West team that they plan to draft him if he's available in the third round.It took time for Jimmy Smith to put it all together after the Ravens drafted him 27th overall that year, but in his third NFL season, he has grown into a cornerback they can trust.But after two forgettable seasons to start his NFL career and a pair of poor performances in the first month of 2013, Smith has been one of the NFL¿s stingiest cornerbacks over the past couple of months. Since the WeeEmbracing a smash-mouth approach due to sloppy field conditions, the Ravens revitalized their running game to exploit a shoddy run defense.All but labeled a bust and given up on through the first couple of games, Ravens third-year cornerback Jimmy Smith has been one of the defense's best and most improved players.As NFL games ebb and flow, they are usually decided by a handful of plays. For the winning team, they are joyfully relived in the locker room after the game. For the losers, those plays linger in their heads beyond the 24-hour rule. This season, the Ravens have been on the losing end more than they are accustomed to.The Ravens snapped a three-game losing streak last week, but many of the same issues lingered in their overtime win, none more critical than the running game.The Ravens' secondary played arguably its best game of the season last week against the Cincinnati Bengals but they have a bigger challenge ahead this week.When asked a general question about the Ravens' secondary during a conference call with Baltimore reporters, Marshall was effusive in his praise of Webb.Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Vensel highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens this week, including the play of the Ravens cornerbacks against the Bengals, the team's stingy run defense and more.Now Torrey Smith is justifying that faith through his emergence as one of the best young receivers in the game heading into Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. For an offense that lost Boldin, tight end Dennis Pitta to a serious hip injury and has a dormant running game, Smith has become indispensable as the lone constant threat.Before his record-breaking sophomore season at Iowa Western Community College, Deon Long spent his summer days working out and running routes with Maryland quarterback Ricardo Young and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.he Cowboys were able to move the ball through the air, with Tony Romo and Kyle Orton combining to complete 40 of 53 attempts for 389 yards but turnovers killed them.