Nine months after signing Jeremy Maclin to a two-year, $11 million deal, the Ravens will release the 29-year-old wide receiver after a disappointing 2017 season. Maclin caught just 40 passes for 440 yards and three touchdowns.
I am a Baltimore sports fan. I put my heart and soul into our teams. I've allowed my fanaticism to influence — even dictate — major life decisions and have invested more time and money into the pastime than I care to share. I've shed tears over men in purple uniforms who are complete strangers to me. I'm that big a fan — I might even care more than the players. So when someone says "sports don't matter," I must respectfully disagree. They absolutely matter, and here's why:
In a gripping battle full of shifting fortunes, indelible plays and strategic intrigue, the Patriots ended the Ravens' season, beating them 35-31 in the AFC Divisional playoffs. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finally faltered in the postseason with two late interceptions after an otherwise superb performance. His Patriots counterpart, Tom Brady, declawed a fearsome Ravens defense.
Ravens players all know that if they are going to accomplish what they want -- and that's to be the final AFC team left standing -- they're probably going to have to beat the New England Patriots at some point to do it.
This should come as a surprise to no one, but if the Ravens are still standing after Saturday night's playoff matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, it will be because Joe Flacco is still one of the best clutch quarterbacks in the NFL.
After 12 months defined by injuries, untimely deaths in their extended family and abrupt personnel changes, the Ravens are right back where they were last January, headed to Foxborough, Mass., for the AFC championship game.
Speaking in a calm, matter-of-fact tone, Ravens veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin replied quickly when asked what makes him think this AFC championship game rematch will be different after falling short a year ago to the New England Patriots.
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers questions about the Ravens' 38-35 win over the Denver Broncos in the divisional round, Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots and more
The New England defense that will greet the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough on Sunday isn't just different from the one they played in last year's AFC championship game; it's different from the one they dropped 31 points on back in Week 3.
The Ravens beat the Denver Broncos in a thrilling AFC Divisional playoff game on Saturday, delighting fans who gathered around Baltimore to celebrate their team and the career of retiring linebacker Ray Lewis.
The year began with the first baby of 2012 as Aa'Liyah Hope was born to mom Charity Davis. The new bundle of joy came into this world at 7:44 a.m. at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. Baby Aa'Liyah, who was a month premature, weighed in at 5 pounds 4 ounces.
It would have been easy for Joe Flacco to walk off the field after Sunday¿s terrific performance and turn up his nose at all the people who have called him out and questioned his standing among the NFL¿s top quarterbacks.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
It took just three games, but Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones has already surpassed the production that the team got from its No. 3 receiver spot last season. With three catches for 86 yards in the 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots, Jones now had seven catches for 153 yards and a touchdown.