The comparison is inevitable. Eight years ago, Joe Flacco, a tall, strong-armed quarterback out of Delaware, made the jump from the Football Championship Subdivision to be made a first-round draft choice by the Ravens. This year, North Dakota State's Carson Wentz is hoping to make a similar jump and Flacco's success with the Ravens shows it can be done.
Criticized for years for not addressing a concussion problem that could threaten the sport's future, the NFL is working now to get ahead of it, changing rules to minimize the injuries and funding research into new technologies at Aberdeen Proving Ground and elsewhere through a competition sponsored by Under Armour and General Electric.
For the time being, the cheating will stop in in Foxborough, Mass. That's the good news that has come out of this "Deflategate" mess and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's nullified suspension.
At a luncheon at the Sports Legends Museum, former Orioles third baseman Robinson was introduced as one of seven inductees this year in the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. Also announced were Tom McMillen, John Mackey, Kevin Glover, Bernard Williams Del Dressel and Jeff Pyles.
Newly revealed evidence in the "Deflategate" scandal suggests the Ravens might have tipped off the Indianapolis Colts about inflation irregularities in the footballs used at Gillette Stadium before the AFC Championship Game between the Colts and New England Patriots, something coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens have strongly denied.
Ravens officials have denied on several occasions that they tipped the Indianapolis Colts off about issues that they had with the air pressure of game balls during their AFC divisional playoff matchup with the New England Patriots, but documents released Tuesday suggest otherwise.
The Ravens managed to lower veteran punter Sam Koch's salary-cap figure by $700,000 when they signed him to a five-year, $16.25 million contract extension, according to NFL Players Association records and league sources.
While we learned a little last week about Joe Flacco's adjustment to Marc Trestman's version of the West Coast offense, Timmy Jernigan's ascension to the starting defensive line and just how much longer 36-year-old wide receiver Steve Smith might play in the NFL, all of that has been sufficiently discussed and dissected.
The start of the first of three weeks of voluntary OTAs brought the annual questions about the state of the Ravens' offense, which again will have a different look in the upcoming season. But quarterback Joe Flacco, who has started every game for the team over the past seven seasons, remains one of the few constants.
The NFLPA issued a press release stating that first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman, second-round tight end Maxx Williams and fourth-round running back Buck Allen are confirmed to attend the four-day program.
In the wake of unrest in the city following the death of Freddie Gray, Edmondson graduate Jerry Lovelocke said his pending free agent contract with the Ravens could serve as an example for Baltimore youth.
Annually lacking the salary cap space to make major outside additions and content to reward their own players while building through the draft, the Ravens traditionally stay quiet through the first couple days of free agency when money changes hands at an eye-popping rate.
Three Maryland natives will have an opportunity to impress NFL teams next week at the College Gridiron Showcase in Arlington, Texas, an all-star game that features prominent players from programs such as Alabama, Auburn and Texas.
To many, the high salaries of professional athletes can be a source of envy. But their big paydays come with a darker side – many face bankruptcy or financial distress after spending too freely, going through a divorce or failing to line up a job upon retirement.