Maybe no player in Ravens history symbolized the toughness of the organization more than former defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who announced his retirement Monday after 13 seasons in the NFL, including nine in Baltimore.
Lions lineman Haloti Ngata might assist his former team in another victory. The former Raven All-Pro defensive tackle has a torn biceps and won’t dress when the Ravens play his Detroit Lions teammates Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Having already served a four-game suspension to end his rookie season, Ravens tight end Nick Boyle will now be banned for the first 10 games in 2016 after again being found in violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The starting defensive tackle spot was presumed to belong to second-year, second-round pick Timmy Jernigan as the Ravens sought to replace defensive tackle Haloti Ngata after his offseason trade to the Detroit Lions.
Timmy Jernigan, who is the man tabbed to replace Haloti Ngata after the Pro Bowl defensive lineman was traded to the Detroit Lions in March, and Carl Davis represent the most recent additions to a defensive line group that throughout the Ravens history has been the franchise's premier strength, due to its depth and continuity among the coaches and players.
Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan suffered an apparent right knee injury on the fourth defensive play of the game Saturday against the Washington Redskins, while offensive lineman Ryan Jensen left the game with a head injury and is in the concussion protocol, the team announced.
Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan's injury, which forced him to sit out the Ravens' preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, was a relatively minor one. However, it created some angst given that the second-year player has had some health issues in the past, including last season when he missed four games with a meniscus injury in his knee. The Ravens are also counting on him to replace longtime fixture Haloti Ngata along the defensive front.
¿A situational pass rusher whose role increased as the 2014 season progressed, Ravens second-year defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is aiming in training camp to battle the notion that he¿s only able to get after the quarterback as he ascends to a starting role in 2015.
There seems to be a consensus among football pundits leaguewide: The Ravens, who annually lose veteran talent and replace it with young and unproven players, will again enter the season as one of the better teams in the AFC, and in good position to make the playoffs for the seventh time in head coach John Harbaugh's eight seasons.
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.
Before the NFL turns over the league¿s calendar each year, top Ravens officials join owner Steve Bisciotti in Florida for a comprehensive look at the upcoming season and the one that will follow it, taking into account roster construction, salary cap issues and free agency.
Until April 30, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will examine the Ravens¿ depth at each position, the potential of them adding to that spot early in the draft and some of the players who they could target.