- The Panthers are beginning to feel as if they have hit on something big with fourth-round draft pick Ian Thomas, who grew up in Baltimore City.
- Todd Heap has a special interest in watching his old team this season because the Ravens not only selected South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round of the 2018 draft, but picked Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews in the third.
- “We’ve admired the Steelers, even though it’s probably hard for me to say that," Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said in an interview last week.
- Ten years after they made two trades within the first round before selecting quarterback Joe Flacco 18th overall in 2008, the Ravens reached a deal with the Buffalo Bills to move back in the first round.
- Ozzie Newsome could be setting the Ravens up this week for success as he prepares to step away from day-to-day operations of the Ravens.
Ravenswent to great lengths this offseason to make sure this didn't happen. They signedWho were the best picks and biggest mistakes in the Ravens' 20 years of drafts? Columnist Mike Preston will break it down by position over the next two weeks.The Ravens have traditionally been slow to move in free agency, and they may need to be more cautious than usual because this is one of the most critical off-seasons in team history.It was only three years ago when the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, to capture Super Bowl XLVII. So much has changed since.Former Ravens dot the rosters and coaching staffs of both Super Bowl 50 teams: the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.Either Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger have been featured in 12 of the past 13 Super Bowls. The one exception? Joe Flacco in 2012.Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has decided not to play this season after doctors told him it would be unsafe to do so. Team officials and the coaching staff were on the side of the doctors. And, I'm guessing, so were even the most diehard fans of Baltimore football.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.Now that the details of safety Darian Stewart's two-year contract with the Denver Broncos are known, it's clear the Ravens are currently set to get a compensatory pick for losing him.The frenzied start of the free agency and trade season has slowed in recent days, but the annual league meetings will get things going again.Pernell McPhee has never operated in the spotlight on the Ravens defense, but the fourth-year outside linebacker has carved out an effective place in the rotation by both feeding on those who hog the attention, and at times, taking it away from them.Owen Daniels didn't practice for about two weeks despite coach John Harbaugh saying that he wasn't injured but was dealing with general soreness.Ravens running back Ray Rice is the last player the Ravens drafted that made a Pro Bowl. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets have gone through a longer drought.The tight end position is like running back and wide receiver in that it's not a huge need in the present for the Ravens, but it's an area where the team would like to add depth to for the future.There is no such thing as an ideal schedule, but there is a favorable one and the Ravens appear to have gotten just that with an early-season Thursday game, a late bye week and a soft finish.Former Ravens tight end Ed Dickson is signing a one-year contract today with the Carolina Panthers after passing a physical during his free agent visit, according to a league source.Former Ravens tight end Ed Dickson is visiting the Carolina Panthers today and is expected to join the NFC South franchise, according to a league source.Since trading for and signing veteran center Jeremy Zuttah to a five-year, $18 million contract extension that includes a salary-cap figure of $1.7 million this year, the Ravens are now approximately $6.976 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.Ravens head coach John Harbaugh met briefly with the Baltimore media yesterday and reiterated several things he said last week, including that the Ravens remain in the market for a tight end, quarterback and cornerback.The upgraded charge against Ray Rice shouldn't change things too much as the Ravens knew they were going to need to add a running back. However, they better hurry.Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear that despite a busy two weeks, the Ravens aren't done in free agency. They still have more work to do throughout their roster, including an offensive line that remains under construction.During an hour-plus talk at the NFL owners meetings, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh revealed that Kelechi Osemele will likely play left guard and labeled Rick Wagner the favorite at right tackle.The door is still open for Ed Dickston to return to the Ravens, but the tight end may be better suited with a change of scenery.After struggling to establish himself in three seasons with the Ravens, wide receiver Tandon Doss has taken his act to Jacksonville.A week into free agency, all of the marquee players have been snatched up and few household names remain on the open market. Most teams, including the Ravens, have filled important needs, which could change their priorities when it comes to the NFL draft.Since signing with the Ravens, Steve Smith has told anyone who will listen that he's not the final piece of the team's championship puzzle.The NFL's annual free-agency spending spree officially gets underway Tuesday, with the Ravens in a slightly different position than in the recent past.North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron and Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro are both scheduled to meet with the Ravens tonight at the NFL scouting combine.The NFL's annual offseason free agent spending spree won't officially get underway until March 11, but the Ravens will have a $6.7 million decision to make within the next couple of weeks.The NFL scouting combine is in a couple of weeks, unofficially starting the league's silly season. But even though the NFL draft is still three long months away, draft analysts continue to update their mock drafts.Although the Ravens have targeted wide receiver as a position they want to upgrade this offseason, that's unlikely to be done at the expense of the tight end spot.The Ravens made it official, naming Steve Spagnuolo as secondary coach and hiring tight ends coach Brian Pariani as tight ends coach.Between practices Wednesday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, The Baltimore Sun conducted the following interview with Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta.Iowa's imposing C.J. Fiedorowicz is playing in the Senior Bowl and has impressed NFL scouts and coaches this week with his blend of size and mobility.Veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs said early in the season that he'd love to be one of those rare guys who plays his entire career in one place but the next couple of months will put that to the test.