When veteran cornerback Chris Johnson signed a one-year, $905,000 contract to remain with the Ravens in March, the 33-year-old did so with hopes that he'll ultimately finish his career with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
After Josephine "Joey" Gay, the 7-year-old daughter of a Towson native and Calvert Hall grad, perished in the Newtown shootings, former classmates and friends organized an autism fundraiser, Joey's Purple Ball, taking place June 8.
Just two days ago, the Ravens wrapped another successful draft, selecting a 10-player class that is being hailed as one of the weekend's best by many draft analysts. Next there are minicamps, offseason workouts and later a training camp to be conducted, and, eventually, games will be played. But who cares about all that? Let's look ahead to the 2014 NFL draft.
Jimmy Smith has prototypical size for the cornerback position. He has the speed to bump receivers then trail them down the sideline. He has confidence to burn, too, which is always a good thing to have at that position. In his first two seasons with the Ravens, Smith showed occasional flashes, but he couldn¿t stay on the field long enough to live up to expectations.
As the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens try to work out a scheduling conflict that has put in jeopardy the NFL's hopes of opening up the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at M&T Bank Stadium, the relationship between the two downtown neighbors has again come under scrutiny.
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.
When Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning goes under center Sunday, starts barking out calls and then takes one final glance across the line of scrimmage, what he sees will bear very little resemblance to any Ravens defense that he's ever faced.
Unlike last year when Philip Rivers seemingly had an eternity to stand in the pocket and shred the defense in a decisive win over Baltimore, the Ravens sacked him six times Sunday afternoon during a dramatic 16-13 overtime victory at Qualcomm Stadium.
Having been through the difficult and sometimes lonely process of rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered in the final month of his rookie campaign in 2009, Lardarius Webb is more than familiar with what it will take to bounce back from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee sustained in the Ravens¿ 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 14.