The Ravens have done a good job overall in their selections to the Ring of Honor, which includes Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and several of the old Baltimore Colts. But there is someone missing. Where is cornerback Chris McAlister?
The Ravens haven't played a good, complete game yet in 2015. A lot of people will point to the high number of injuries as the main reason for the 3-7 record, but that's just a convenient excuse. This team has to address a lot of internal problems in the future.
A halftime ceremony in which Ed Reed saw his name placed in the team¿s Ring of Honor left the normally loquacious Ravens legend at a seeming loss for words Sunday as he earned the highest honor from his longtime team.
Sure, Ed Reed says, he likes being honored. But, much as he used to pop up in unexpected places to snatch interceptions, the former Ravens great comes at the subject from an oblique angle. Asked what he might reflect upon when he becomes the ninth Raven inducted into the franchise¿s Ring of Honor on Sunday, Reed does not mention his record 107-yard interception return from 2008 or the pass he picked off in Super Bowl XLVII, his last game as a Raven. Instead, he goes back to his rookie season in Baltimore and his decision to switch ¿ financial advisors? As with many of the things Reed says, there is a powerful roundabout logic to this.
On the evening of Feb. 3, 2013, the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers met to decide NFL supremacy. On Sunday afternoon, the two teams play again, hoping to stave off 2015 irrelevance. Staying on the NFL mountaintop has proven difficult for both organizations since Super Bowl XLVII. Retirements, free-agent departures and injuries have whittled away talented and deep rosters. There have been off-field issues and on-field deficiencies. After engaging in a classic shootout on the sports' biggest stage,
The Ravens and Broncos remember their 2013 season-opening matchup, but they dismissed its significance as the Ravens prepare to open another season of lofty expectations in the Mile-High City against the Broncos.
The Ravens were already living on the edge when they signed strong safety Will Hill to a contract last July. They moved even closer after Matt Elam tore his biceps during the first week of the 2015 training camp, forcing him to miss the entire season.
With cameras lining the sidewalk near the players' entrance of the Ravens facility in Owings Mills, stalwart outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was, predictably, the only player to acknowledge the attention given to the mundane act of showing up for work. Others entered the building with their head down, but Suggs — who became the Ravens' last remaining defensive star this offseason and spent the time away from the team facility enjoying his celebrity — gave a smile and a wave.
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.
Retired Ravens star free safety Ed Reed had a measured take on the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots and Tom Brady following an investigation that found the Super Bowl winning quarterback probably was aware of team employees deflating footballs.
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.
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.