No team has been awarded more compensatory picks than the Ravens, who have shown that they are able to identify talent in the draft and unafraid to let talented but costly contributors leave in free agency.
Anquan Boldin seemed hellbent this season to prove that the Ravens gave up on him too soon. And after he led the San Francisco 49ers with 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns, there is reason to believe the Ravens might have let him go too early.
During his rookie season, Ravens first-round draft pick Matt Elam confirmed that he's an aggressive tackler who's capable in run support. What the former consensus All-American from Florida didn't provide are many impactful plays as a center fielder while yielding a few long touchdowns.
Heading into Sunday's game against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, Huff worked out for the Bengals along with defensive tackles Christo Bilukidi and Kheeston Randall, guard John Sullen, linebacker Bruce Taylor and defensive back Brandon Burton.
When the regular season started eight weeks ago, plenty of pundits labeled the AFC North one of the top divisions in the NFL. However, as the season reaches its midpoint this weekend, three of the four teams in the division find themselves headed in the wrong direction.
Looking at which Baltimore Ravens got a lot of playing time and which Ravens rode the pine in the first seven games of the 2013 season. Only five players, including middle linebacker Daryl Smith, have played every snap.
Huff was signed to a three-year, $6 million contract that included a $1.5 million signing bonus to become the replacement for former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed. However, he was benched following a disastrous season-opener against the Denver Broncos where his pass coverage and tackling were exposed.
The Ravens entered their bye week in unfamiliar territory under Harbaugh. They are 3-4, the latest that they've had a losing record in Harbaugh's six seasons at the helm. They are also two games behind the first-place Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North.
After being sidelined for more than 10 months with a spinal cord injury, Ravens weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain returned to the field Sunday. And he didn't just play. McClain started and played a major role in the 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
One positive development from Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers was the return of injured wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who returned kickoffs and made an 11-yard touchdown reception. The Ravens limited his usage, though. Jones played just 17 offensive snaps and six snaps on special teams. More on that and other snap count observations.
Six games into the season, the Baltimore Ravens are a .500 team with about 500 unanswered questions on offense. Their saving grace has been the revamped defense, which has played very well since Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos made it rain touchdowns in the season opener. The Green Bay Packers put up big numbers Sunday, but the Ravens remained in the game because the defense held firm.
Ravens standout nose tackle Haloti Ngata is listed as questionable on the injury report even though coach John Harbaugh said that the Pro Bowl defensive lineman is set to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens regard Rodgers and a stacked group of offensive weapons as just as dangerous if not more so than a Denver Broncos offense headlined by quarterback Peyton Manning.
Baltimore Ravens players Ed Dickson, Michael Huff and Jameel McClain were joined by Ravens cheerleaders and the team mascot Poe Tuesday at the Hampstead elementary school to promote the NFL's Play 60 campaign.
With the offseason addition of Elvis Dumervil to pair with Terrell Suggs, the Ravens have one of the most feared pass-rushing tandems in the AFC. The signings of Chris Canty, Marcus Spears and Daryl Smith has turned the Ravens' run defense from a weakness last year to a major strength this season.
With Ray Rice parked on the sideline in street clothes after suffering a hip injury last weekend, Bernard Pierce made his first NFL start Sunday against the Houston Texans. Predictably, it was his busiest afternoon to date. Here is a deeper look at that and other observations from the NFL's official snap counts.
There will be a lot of talk about safeties this week with Ed Reed returning to Baltimore, Matt Elam earning a starting spot for the Ravens and Michael Huff trying to contribute off the bench. One player who probably won't be mentioned much is strong safety James Ihedigbo. But through two games, Ihedigbo has been a steady presence for the Ravens secondary.
A week after Michael Huff struggled in a loss the Denver Broncos, rookie Matt Elam, the team's first-round pick in April¿s NFL draft, replaced Huff as the starting free safety in Sunday's 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns. Elam played all 63 defensive snaps.