The Browns, who have had one winning season and five head coaches in the past decade, traded up to select Trent Richardson third overall in April's draft and 19 spots later used another first-round draft pick on Brandon Weeden.
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.
Torrey Smith was intent on honoring his brother Tevin Jones, pointing to the sky after a 25-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and finishing with a team-high six receptions for 127 yards. Kneeling in the end zone, Smith said a prayer
During a 24-23 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ravens converted none of their six short-yardage opportunities on third and fourth downs. In each situation, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called for a pass instead of running Rice behind fullback Vonta Leach and right guard Marshal Yanda.
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. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
One thing quickly became clear while watching "Ray Lewis: A Football Life," which will air Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on NFL Network -- Baltimore and the football world outside of this city have a lot of love for Lewis.
Each week, blogger Matt Vensel fires a few questions at rookie cornerback and kick returner Asa Jackson. The Ravens' fifth-round pick in April's draft, Jackson is a Sacramento native who played his college ball at Cal Poly.
"I've been doing a lot of reflecting today. It's been emotional. As excited as I am to go to California and keep pursuing what I set out to do a long time ago, I'm just realizing how lucky I've been to be in my home market and covering teams I grew up loving."
The Ravens and the Steelers don't meet until the middle of November, but the Ravens are clearly on the mind of Steelers safety Ryan Clark, even if he tried to say otherwise on Wednesday. Appearing on NFL Network, Clark was asked about how much he hates the Ravens. He downplayed it at first, but he made it clear that he has a bitter taste in his mouth after the Ravens swept the Steelers last season.
Haloti Ngata has squashed ball-carriers and bowled over quarterbacks throughout his Ravens career, and on Wednesday night, it was unveiled by NFL Network that his peers consider him one of the game's best players. The defensive tackle was voted as the ninth-best player in the NFL entering the 2012 season.
NFL Network is winding down its annual unveiling of the top 100 players of 2012 -- as voted by NFL players themselves -- and three Ravens defenders have been ranked among the league's top 20 players by their peers.
Joe Flacco was mocked last month when he said that he thinks of himself as the NFL's best quarterback. "I wouldn't be very successful at my job if I didn't feel that way," the Baltimore Ravens quarterback explained.
In advance of the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston gives his take on six college prospects who are linked to the Ravensin the latest mock drafts from prominent national analysts.
For Peter Konz, at least, it's by offering a quick fix and a long-term answer. With left guard Ben Grubbs off to New Orleans, the Ravens need immediate help at one interior line position. With center Matt Birk's uncertain future, they'll need help at another before long.
The Baltimore Ravens have made at least one trade in each of the past 10 drafts and 14 of 16 overall. Their preference has been to trade back, but they can be aggressive when trying to secure a player they believe is special. And with eight picks this year, the Ravens have the assets to move around.
The Ravens saw two starters leave in free agency Wednesday and could lose guard Ben Grubbs as well. Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson signed with the Chargers, and defensive end Cory Redding landed with the Colts.
Here's a look at what other media outlets are saying about the Baltimore Ravens as they head into the NFL scouting combine, which starts on Wednesday in Indianapolis, and free agency, which begins March 13.
The NFL scouting combine starts Feb. 22. In advance of the annual meat market in Indianapolis, staff writer Matt Vensel will examine each position and give Ravens fans the 4-1-1. In this post he looks at defensive linemen, including Michael Brockers, Fletcher Cox, Devon Still, Dontari Poe, Melvin Ingram, Quinton Coples and Chandler Jones.
Joe Linta, the agent for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, confirmed Wednesday that he and Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty, the team's salary cap specialist, will begin discussions about a contract extension for the 27-year-old quarterback at next week's combine.
Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, the man who wore the headset when the Ravens seized their only Super Bowl title back in 2000, is at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis this week as a member of the media. But on Wednesday, he fielded questions from fellow media, including a few about his coaching future in the NFL. And based on Billick's answers, that future looks pretty bleak right now.