Ever since it was announced Monday that Cleveland signed former Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year contract some anger around town has resurfaced about the way former Ravens running back Ray Rice was treated for his domestic violence case nearly five years ago.
Ray Rice's arrest five years ago represented a line of demarcation in the way the NFL and the Ravens understood and confronted intimate partner violence. Though much has changed in the time since, the league still faces difficult questions about its place in a national epidemic.
Five years ago, the Ravens completed a remarkable playoff run that capped the careers of some of the franchise’s greatest stars and seemed to seal the legacies of coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco. But their attempts to reload for another run have not gone as planned.
Ozzie Newsome will step down as Ravens general manager next season, handing the reigns of the player personnel decisions over to Eric DeCosta, owner Steve Bisciotti said at Friday’s State of the Ravens address.
With veteran Justin Forsett's release Tuesday, the young and unheralded trio of backs not only represents the team's running game of the present as the Ravens (3-1) face the Washington Redskins (2-2) on Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, but potentially the future as well.
If the grass looks greener to fans at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens season opens Sunday, it's not just because the artificial turf has been replaced with more than 50,000 square feet of pristine, natural grass. Eight months after a losing season marked by injuries to key stars and conspicuously empty purple seats, the new playing field offers an apt metaphor for a fan base with a fresh outlook based partly on the team's history of rebounding from disappointment.
Each NFL team is required to maintain a thorough rookie orientation program, which includes three more days of sessions later this month while NFL facilities have otherwise emptied out until closer to the start of training camps in late July.
To make up ground in the AFC North as well as the conference, the Ravens need to have a quality draft because they might not have enough salary cap room to bring in high-profile free agents. The team's draft record has been disappointing since the late 2000s when the Ravens selected players who made an immediate impact, like guards Ben Grubbs and Marshal Yanda in 2007 and quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice in 2008.
From his seat at the Super Bowl on Sunday, Vonta Leach will summon the past — the Ravens' ascent to the top in the 2012 season and that glorious scoreboard, at game's end, which he'll not forget: Ravens 34, San Francisco 49ers 31.
It has been 15 years since the Ravens won their first Super Bowl. They won another in 2012, which is remarkable for a franchise that has been in existence for only 20 years. Often there are questions about which team is better, but maybe they can be tied into one. Can Ray Lewis of the 2000 team beat Ray Lewis of the 2012 squad?
As a newly drafted rookie in the summer of 2013, Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams was too busy learning plays and practicing to spend a lot of time searching for a house. When he heard then-teammate Ray Rice telling other players he was selling a townhome in Pikesville, Williams decided to check it out.