Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis was enshrined among the legends Saturday, but few of the inductees in the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame could match the pageantry or the charisma he displayed throughout his 17-year career.
It has been 15 years since the Ravens won their first Super Bowl. They won another in 2012, which is remarkable for a franchise that has been in existence for only 20 years. Often there are questions about which team is better, but maybe they can be tied into one. Can Ray Lewis of the 2000 team beat Ray Lewis of the 2012 squad?
For the first time all season, the Ravens scored on their first drive. But they needed to settle for a field goal by Justin Tucker rather than a touchdown partly because of a curious call by referee Ronald Torbert.
Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg confirmed on Thursday that Steve Smith Sr. will remain the Ravens' primary punt returner, maintaining that the wide receiver is the team's best option in that role.
A major goal as the Ravens headed into training camp was to find one or two more playmakers, but none surfaced. The Ravens are content to remain status quo. Maybe they believe some young players need more time to develop, or there aren't any better candidates on the free-agent market.
After two preseason games, the Ravens' kick and punt return situation isn't any clearer than it was when training camp began. A lack of opportunities, coupled by a few injuries, have prevented the coaching staff from settling on one candidate to replace Jacoby Jones as return specialist.
Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones played five years for the Houston Texans before being released two years ago, months after mishandling a punt during a divisional round playoff game loss to the Ravens.
Perhaps because of the caliber of player, or perhaps because of the attention special teams gets in Ravens' practice and the precedent that such role players can get a bigger opportunities, the special teams units rank high in multiple relevant league rankings.
Jon Meoli hits on 10 stats, notes, and thoughts following the Ravens' 28-13 road win over the Miami Dolphins. Read ahead for notes on replacing Haloti Ngata, the offense carrying this team, and the performance of Rick Wagner and Eugene Monroe.
Welcome to the Ravens 10-Pack, where reporter Jon Meoli hits on 10 stats, notes, and thoughts following a 34-33, gut-punch home loss to the San Diego Chargers. Read ahead for notes on the secondary, which overshadowed a winning performance, plus Justin Tucker's quietly good season, and where all the rookies have gone.