With the loss of C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and others, the Ravens will have to rebuild their defense in a hurry and Baltimore will have to brace for a serious star-power shortage from both of its major professional teams.
“I think Nick is a huge piece of our offense going forward from the standpoint of how he plays," coach John Harbaugh said of tight end Nick Boyle, who the Ravens signed to a three-year extension Thursday.
The assumption is that newly signed Cleveland running back Kareem Hunt will most likely be suspended for at least the first four games of the season for a physical altercation with a woman last February in a Cleveland hotel.
"I vowed to myself and to my wife that we could not take a trip to Hawaii until after I went to the Pro Bowl," Ravens DT Brandon Williams said in a statement after being named a Pro Bowler for the first time. "Honey, pack your bags!”
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker said the footballs used for kicking plays in Saturday night's game at the Los Angeles Chargers were "just different than what we’re used to experiencing on your typical NFL Sunday.”
On Saturday, Ravens safety Eric Weddle will match up with one of his best friends in Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. That's just one of many colliding narratives in the life of the recent Pro Bowl selection.