Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens. This week, he looks at Michael Oher's run blocking, the camp battle at cornerback, the Ravens' recent success against the Bengals and more.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'lll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
As for McKinnie, congratulations. He is the biggest drama queen in the country. He is a decent left offensive tackle, even in the twilight of his career. He is expected to make $3.2 million this season which is reasonable money for a left tackle even though it's probably below market value for a starter.
Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie tweeted this afternoon that the Baltimore Ravens were releasing him. He later confirmed to my colleague, Aaron Wilson, that the Ravens had released him, only to change his tune about 20 minutes later, saying it wasn't over yet.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he¿ll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
So far, the best rookie from this year's Ravens draft class has been guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele, the second-round pick out of Iowa State. He may not be starting now, but he will be soon, possibly in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Eight days after a mediocre showing in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons, the Ravens offensive line fared much better in the team's 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday night. But Yanda, the starting right guard who earned a Pro Bowl invitation last season, said there's no reason to get giddy just yet.
There was one bright spot for the offense. Working in the shadow of his own goal line, Flacco made a gorgeous throw down the sidelines to Boldin who got behind second-year cornerback Jimmy Smith. Boldin wasn't touched down until he reached the opponent's 20-yard line.
From Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan being able to sit comfortably in the pocket to wide receiver Julio Jones running free in the Ravens' secondary to punter Sam Koch having to make a touchdown-saving tackle, the first quarter of the Ravens' eventual 31-17 victory gave the Ravens head coach numerous reasons for concern.
The Baltimore Ravens created some breathing room under the NFL salary cap limit when they signed Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice to a five-year, $40 million maximum value deal that included a $15 million signing bonus.
Nearly seven months removed from his missed 32-yard field-goal attempt in the closing seconds of the AFC championship game, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff is refreshed, healthy and, by his estimation, enjoying the best training camp of his NFL career, which has spanned a decade.
Williams continued to burnish his highlight film for the coaches. His touchdown catch in the red-zone drill involved a leaping grab in the end zone. During a third-down exercise, he hauled in two passes good for first downs, including a leaping back-shoulder catch over rookie cornerback Jordan Mabin.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who left practice early yesterday, had his back lock up on him. Harbaugh said that it is a muscular issue that Smith also dealt with while playing at the University of Colorado. "It takes a couple of days usually for that to resolve," Harbaugh said.
In a simulated scrimmage near the end of Thursday¿s practice, starting quarterback Joe Flacco took the Ravens 80 yards on four plays. He hit tight end Ed Dickson up the seam for a nice gain then connected with wide receiver Torrey Smith on the next play.