Williams and Smith are competing for the right to start opposite of cornerback Lardarius Webb in the revered Ravens defense. It's one of a few camp battles that appear to be undecided as the Ravens wrap up the second week of camp. But no matter who earns a starting gig, both bring size and coverage skills to the secondary, which means both will still play. A lot.
The San Diego Chargers official website reports that Boller has signed a one-year deal with the team after backup Charlie Whitehurst suffered a knee injury this week. Veteran Philip Rivers and rookie Jarrett Lee from LSU are the only other quarterbacks listed on the Chargers¿ roster right now.
Drew Brees will sign a five-year, $100 million contract with the New Orleans Saints that will guarantee $40 million in 2012, according to ESPN. The extension involves an NFL-record $60 million in guaranteed money.
As we get closer and closer to the start of training camp, it appears more and more likely that the Baltimore Ravens will allow starting quarterback Joe Flacco to play out the final year of his rookie contract during the 2012 season.
If Ravens center Matt Birk has decided to retire, he hasn't announced it yet. Birk has, however, decided to go zip-lining with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Birk, a candidate for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, is in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl and hanging out with The Commish. Photo is courtesy of the NFL.
Last week, I chatted with ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck about San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers for an advance of the Ravens-Chargers game. While I had him on the line, I asked him about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who has had an up-and-down season in 2011, his fourth in the NFL.
The Ravens lost on the road, 34-14, to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. And now that they are back in second place in the AFC North -- they will remain there unless the Pittsburgh Steelers lose another game -- the consensus among a sampling of national writers is that the Ravens will meet a similar fate in the playoffs.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs recorded his third three-sack game of the season in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts. With 13 sacks in 13 games, Suggs has already passed his previous single-season high of 12, which was set back in 2003, his rookie year. Peter Boulware's franchise record is now just out of his grasp. Here's a quick look at the opposition as Suggs chases down the Ravens¿ single-season sack record.
Last week, we looked at the biggest surprises of the 2011 fantasy football campaign. This time around, we will hand out dishonors to the disappointing (non-injured) players who have torpedoed our seasons so far. Try not to cuss too much in the comments section below after receiving this list, OK?
Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Joe Flacco does have the freedom to call his own plays and make suggestions. ... Ed Reed did not practice on Thursday. ... Lee Evans didn¿t sound optimistic about suiting up on Sunday against the Cardinals. ... Maryland guard Pe'Shon Howard broke his foot and will miss two to three months. ... On Friday, the Orioles' GM search committee will interview John Stockstill. ... The Cardinals won in 11 innings to force a Game 7.
The Ravens are tied for 22nd in the NFL in sacks allowed, but only eight teams have allowed their quarterback to get hit more often than the Ravens have with Joe Flacco. That's why Ravens right tackle Michael Oher believes Flacco is "easily the toughest quarterback in the NFL."