There was something different about the 2013 Maryland high school football state championships. For the first time since 2009, Howard County did not have a team at M&T Bank Stadium competing for a state title. It was not an acceptable outcome for local football fans, players or coaches, but 2014 brings new opportunities, and hopes are high that a local team will be playing for a championship in early December. "Howard County is traditionally a well-coached league with talented athletes," said Howard coach Bruce Strunk, whose Lions became the first Howard County team to compete in the 4A classification last fall, qualifying for the playoffs. "The league this year will continue this trend, with more parity than in the past."
The Ravens are banking on an encouraging start against the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason opener to set an aggressive tone for their red-zone offense under the direction of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
As the Ravens' new starting safety tandem, both Darian Stewart and Matt Elam have built hard-hitting reputations. But neither player has distinguished himself on a regular basis in the NFL in pass coverage, with the duo combining for just two career interceptions.
With former Ravens starting defensive lineman Arthur Jones now with the Indianapolis Colts after signing a $33 million free-agent contract in March, there's an opportunity for DeAngelo Tyson to increase his playing time.
As veteran cornerback Aaron Ross covered receivers Tuesday during his minicamp tryout with the Ravens, the former New York Giants starter quickly realized how long it's been since he's played football.
The Ravens continue to monitor the veteran cornerback market and are among the teams that have reached out to former Pro Bowl selection Brandon Flowers since he was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, according to a source.
Steve Spagnuolo, a former St. Louis Rams head coach and defensive coordinator with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints, brings a significant amount of experience to his job as Ravens secondary coach.
In his first extensive comments to the local media since the end of last season, Flacco expressed excitement about new coordinator Gary Kubiak's West Coast offense, acknowledged the need to take better care of the football and bristled at the suggestion that he hasn't put enough time in to learn the offense and gain more chemistry with his wide receivers.
Canty finished with just 30 tackles, two sacks, four pass deflections and two forced fumbles last season. However, none of the sacks or forced fumbles happened during the final dozen games. Canty dealt with a lingering groin injury and wasn't nearly as disruptive as he was at the start of the season.
Former Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller grew up chasing his two older brothers around the football field and track, engaging in a constant competition for bragging rights at Woodlawn High near the family home.
The Ravens have talked with LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger during the draft process and have also spoken to the LSU coaching staff about him, including former Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, according to a source.
In two seasons, Webster an Elkton native, piled up 88 tackles, 26 sacks, 31 tackles for losses, an interception and three forced fumbles. He also caught two touchdowns lining up at tight end and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Longtime NFL quarterback Earl Morrall, who filled in for an injured Johnny Unitas during the 1968 season and was named the league's Most Valuable Player for leading the Colts to the Super Bowl, died on Friday in Florida.. He was 79.
Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle worked out for the Ravens today at their local prospects day at team headquarters and travels to California later today for his official visit with the Oakland Raiders, according to a league source.
Wide receiver Corey Fuller already plays for the Detroit Lions after being drafted in the sixth round last year out of Virginia Tech and his younger brother, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, is visiting the Lions today, according to a league source.