Baltimore City Police, including K-9 units, were slightly more visible than usual outside M&T Bank Stadium for the Ravens' game against the Jaguars on Sunday in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
Even as a turnover drought that had stretched over 62 series and seven games came to a merciful end in the first half, the Ravens defense blamed the balls that slipped out of their hands Sunday afternoon as the main reason why the game did the same.
When the Ravens acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars in October 2013, they traded for a player who had shown he could be counted on as a cornerstone left tackle over his first five seasons. On Sunday against his former team, Monroe, who is returning from a multiweek shoulder injury, has the opportunity to begin a spell that can eliminate some of the criticisms about his play and questions about his durability as the team's well-paid, franchise left tackle.
The Jacksonville Jaguars' new regime under coach Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell created a scheme that allowed their young receivers to grow into one of the game's most feared groups after just 24 games together. On Sunday, that will stand in contrast with the Ravens' group of largely street free agents left in the absence of injured veteran Steve Smith Sr. and first-round pick Breshad Perriman.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh practiced his team in full pads on Wednesday, the final day before their mandatory four-day break for the bye week, though he gave many of his banged-up starting offensive linemen the day off to avoid the contact.
Steve Smith Sr., 35, had announced before the start of the season that this year would be his last, but there seemed to be momentum in recent weeks for him to return for another year. The Ravens, who have plenty of question marks at the wide receiver position both in the present and future, need and want him to return.
With a team many believed to be among the best in the NFL struggling at two key positions, the Ravens have turned to the rare in-season trade to bolster their roster. Trades for cornerback Will Davis and wide receiver Chris Givens since the season began represent the latest way the Ravens are trying to fill out their roster by solid scouting. They join a growing number of NFL teams who this year are looking to other teams' rosters for players they think can contribute — and who are
Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo¿s return to Philadelphia was occasion for the longtime Eagles assistant to compare one of his best players in Philadelphia, Jason Peters, to current Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe.
The first thing Wes Brown noticed about new Maryland running backs coach Terry Richardson was that it seemed as if Richardson already knew him. Richardson wasn't trying to figure out Brown's skill set or immediately put him into something the junior running back was uncomfortable with or didn't know. Richardson, with Brown and fellow running back Brandon Ross under his watchful eye, already knew what he had.