The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with blogger Gordon McGuiness, who writes about the Ravens for Pro Football Focus and also contributes to Russell Street Report and the Purple Reign Show.
We have known for a couple of weeks that defensive lineman Bryan Hall would be slimming down to move to inside linebacker. But Tuesday was the first time that the Ravens acknowledged publicly that Kelechi Osemele may play left tackle and that defensive end Pernell McPhee would become a hybrid linebacker.
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.
The Ravens enter next week's draft with a total of 12 selections, including multiple picks in every round from the fourth to the seventh. As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Ravens will have to wait until the 32nd overall pick Thursday before they are on the clock for the first time. However, DeCosta sees plenty of options and plenty of good players that figure to be available when the Ravens make their first pick.
Canty has partnered with the Verizon Foundation and A Call to Men for a four-hour seminar Tuesday at the Sheraton Inner Harbor to promote healthy relationships and respect for women by fostering a positive atmosphere in the locker room.
I couldn't help but notice a couple of trends with the Ravens' four offseason additions. First, the Ravens signed four players who were cut by other teams this past offseason. Second, these players seemed to have picked the Ravens for a reason: They want to win a Lombardi Trophy. Sound familiar? That's how the New England Patriots have operated this past decade.
The acquisition of outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil creates questions about how the snaps will be divvied up amongst him, Terrell Suggs and Courtney Upshaw, but the Ravens' coaches will tell you that it's a good problem to have.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Chris Worthington, who blogs about the Ravens for the Baltimore Sports and Life blog.
You probably shouldn't judge an offseason until, well, it is over. The Baltimore Ravens reminded everyone of that on Sunday afternoon, agreeing to a deal with former Denver Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil.
The following players have signed with other teams: outside linebacker Paul Kruger (Cleveland Browns, $40.5 million), inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (Miami Dolphins, $35 million) and cornerback Cary Williams ($17 million).
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.