The Ravens were back in pads Tuesday for a practice that started at 8:45 a.m. and ended promptly at 11 a.m. It wasn't as hot as it was Saturday, when the heat index was over 100 degrees. However, the occasional cloud cover was still well received by the players.
With Father's Day on Sunday, The Baltimore Sun surveyed local athletes, from Orioles and Ravens to Terps and Greyhounds, for cherished memories of their dads. The remembrances are as unique as the relationships they spring from, but in each there are virtues of fatherhood: love, patience, pride. And because these are athletes, after all, there are sports.
The sixth of 10 siblings in a blended family, Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon said Saturday that he is used to competition and loves to prove people wrong. Judon has carried a chip on his shoulder pad — maybe both of them — ever since being bypassed by most Division I schools.
Given Maryland¿s proximity between Baltimore and Washington, it¿s sometimes tough judge whether the Ravens or the Redskins are the ¿hometown team.¿ Maryland¿s campus is about 15 minutes from FedEx Field in Landover and a half-hour from M&T Bank Stadium ¿ without traffic, of course ¿ and plenty of Terps identify as fans of either team.
Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe has missed nearly half the team's games over the past two seasons, battling knee and ankle injuries in 2014, the concussion he sustained in the opening game of 2015 and the shoulder injury that ended his season.
A day before the free-agent market officially opens and just hours after learning that Kelechi Osemele was unofficially headed to the Oakland Raiders on a record-breaking contract, the Ravens reached a tentative agreement with tight end Benjamin Watson on a two-year deal. The 12-year veteran had 74 catches for 825 yards and six touchdowns last year for the New Orleans Saints.