The former Maryland assistant coaches who recruited and coached Darnell Savage Jr. saw qualities in him that led to his being picked No, 21 overall by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.
Alex Smith, a starting short-stick defensive midfielder for the No. 3 Terps, has played in all 10 games this spring, and his father has attended all but one because of a little something called Super Bowl LIII.
Maybe no player in Ravens history symbolized the toughness of the organization more than former defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who announced his retirement Monday after 13 seasons in the NFL, including nine in Baltimore.
There is a canonical list of clichés about how and why Ravens fans should be positive after this season. It was apparent during their Jan. 6th game, in which the team lost to the Los Angeles Chargers, that the supporters of the Purple and Black have become soured, cynical and ungrateful.
Losing games they should have won cost the Ravens the past couple of seasons. If they miss the playoffs again in 2018, they'll look back at Sunday's loss in Cleveland as an unforgivable missed opportunity.
Four of the Ravens' next five games are on the road. If they can win three of those games and enter the midseason at 5-3, they would be in pretty good shape to make the playoffs for the first time in four years.
When Lamar Jackson was taken No. 32 overall in the draft this year, Ozzie Newsome acknowledged they were “building for the future” with the Heisman Trophy winner. But, he added, “In order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco.”
“I think he’ll be a reliable receiver for Joe,” Anquan Boldin said of new Ravens receiver Michael Crabtree before Saturday night’s Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game at Royal Farms Arena.
Exactly five years after he played his last game and went out as a Super Bowl champion, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.