Depth and defense were on display on July 18 when the Arbutus Big Red semipro team opened the Mason Dixon Football League home schedule with a 26-0 victory over the DMV Jaguars at Arbutus Middle School. Interceptions by Neal Curtis – an 80-yard touchdown return – and Mark Johnson – a 35-yard TD – drew attention, but it was the defensive line that earned most of the praise from coach Ulander Giles
One of the key figures behind Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston's blockbuster $101 million six-year contract is former Morgan State strong safety and Deer Park Middle school coach and teacher Greg Barnett.
Traded just before the end of the NFL league year last March, former Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said recently that he's excited to play with his new Detroit Lions teammates because he's "never been a part of a defense like this."
Terrell Suggs traditionally doesn't participate in voluntary organized team activities so his arrival at the mandatory minicamp often brings his first public comments since the end of the previous season. After a 2 1/2-hour workout under the hot sun, the 32-year-old and the longest-tenured member of the Ravens was far more introspective than he's been in the past, starting with his acknowledgment that he's yet to completely get over Ngata's departure.
The 2015 Ravens will be together as a full team for the first time this week with workouts scheduled from Tuesday through Thursday at the Under Armour Performance Center. Players will practice for the final time before the start of training camp in July.
Though the NFL settlement is not perfect, it addresses the concerns of former players now, offering compensation and care to those who are sick today with severe neurological diseases. It also offers peace of mind to those who are healthy now but fear for their future.
Several players who are in town are scheduled to attend the game, including Webb, wide receiver Steve Smith and former Ravens players Ed Reed, who officially retired from the NFL on Thursday after signing a one-day contract with the Ravens, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith, Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo and Lions linebacker Josh Bynes.
After using their first overall pick on Thursday to draft a potential franchise quarterback in Florida State¿s Jameis Winston, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered the their offensive line with Penn State tackle Donovan Smith (Owings Mills).
As they prepare for this year's draft, which gets underway with Thursday's first round, the Ravens seemingly have more needs on offense than defense. They want another running back and a tight end and they are thin on outside targets for quarterback Joe Flacco. If there was a draft where the Ravens would target offense, this would seemingly be it.
During a conference call with Ravens' season ticket and personal seat license holders Wednesday night, Bisciotti said he would be excited if the team came out of the April 30 first round with a third pass-rushing threat, joining Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.
The biggest crowd ever¿ about 1,300 people ¿ attended the 37th annual Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation Banquet at the Baltimore Hilton ballroom and it was a night packed with good stuff. To start with, one player from each of the 32 National Football League teams was honored for his work in the community and his courage on the field based on the votes of his teammates.