As the Ravens set out during this weekend’s NFL draft to give Jackson weapons, their methodology on offense became clear over six rounds and eight selections: They were not just trying to build the team around Jackson. They were trying to build something like a track team for him, too.
For the first time in Ravens history, Ozzie Newsome won't run the team's draft room this year. But his picks have been essential to the team's identity, and his counsel will continue to inform the moves of current general manager Eric DeCosta.
The Ravens have lost several of their starting unrestricted free agents on defense, but there’s no reason for any alarm. The players the Ravens have lost so far this offseason were either too old or simply not good enough to merit multiyear, lucrative contracts.
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.
Shortly after the Ravens lost to the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC wild-card round, head coach John Harbaugh gave Joe Flacco the ultimate compliment when he called him the best quarterback in Ravens history.
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 think sometimes people would think that maybe I’d be embarrassed that I started off as an intern now that I’m a GM, that I want to forget that,” Eric DeCosta said. “To be honest with you, I cherish that."
At this time last year, Robert Griffin III was working out on his own, hoping to find his way back into the NFL. After a successful season as a Ravens reserve, the free agent could see himself settling in Baltimore as a backup and mentor to Lamar Jackson.
Backup quarterback and Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco said his absence from the second half of Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers was part of the plan, but is not sure what the future holds for him.