The sixth of 10 siblings in a blended family, Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon said Saturday that he is used to competition and loves to prove people wrong. Judon has carried a chip on his shoulder pad — maybe both of them — ever since being bypassed by most Division I schools.
Shaquil Barrett left Baltimore as a 15-year-old, seeking structure and motivation, and wanting to avoid getting caught in a trap that had ensnared so many teenagers around him. He has since been to many places in between. His latest stop might be the most improbable one of them all. Barrett, a reserve outside linebacker and special teams standout for the Denver Broncos, will play in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
The allegiance of Bob Turgeon and others connected to Mark Turgeon, the fifth-year Maryland men's basketball coach, and his team won't be questioned when they gather at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Wednesday for a second straight year, many of them putting aside their normal rooting interests to cheer for the fourth-ranked Terps.
The Ravens have invested heavily in the cornerback position this offseason, signing Jimmy Smith to a four-year, $48 million extension. The Ravens also restructured cornerback Lardarius Webb's contract. They didn't draft a cornerback until the fourth round.
Maxx Williams was effective but not spectacular for the Gophers, catching 36 passes for 569 yards and eight touchdowns last season. But his new team has a darn-good track record when it comes to selecting tight ends high in the draft.
It is important to know the outcome of the NFL's investigation because it might involve draft picks. If the league is heavy handed, maybe they will fine the team and take a way a top draft pick or two from New England, which has nine overall selections.
Three Maryland natives will have an opportunity to impress NFL teams next week at the College Gridiron Showcase in Arlington, Texas, an all-star game that features prominent players from programs such as Alabama, Auburn and Texas.
Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after his injury didn't improve this week and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to coach John Harbaugh
Writers from across the internet have taken stabs at projecting who the Ravens will choose with their first-round pick, No. 17, including Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Notre Dame offensive lineman Zach Martin, and Louisville safety Calvin Prior
Going into his seventh season as head coach, Ken Niumatalolo knows that this year's team could be even better than the one that finished 9-4 last fall by sweeping its fellow service academies and topping off the season with a contentious bowl victory over Middle Tennessee State.