Ed Reed left a unique mark on the Ravens and the NFL in his 12 years as a big-play safety. On Saturday, Reed could become the third homegrown Raven, after Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Ravens linebacker Kamalei Correa is among the former high draft picks fighting for a job on the team this year, and he helped his case with a first-quarter interception Thursday night against the Chicago Bears.
Exactly five years after he played his last game and went out as a Super Bowl champion, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Only three offensive players that started for the Patriots when they last met the Ravens in a divisional playoff game on Jan. 10, 2015, will be starting Monday night at Gillette Stadium. Yet, the only thing that seemed to matter to the Ravens this week was that the guy who directs the Patriots offense remains the same, perhaps even better.
The Ravens coaches began the arduous process of self study immediately after the conclusion of a disappointing 2015 season. What coach John Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Dean Pees saw on tape didn't look a whole lot like the defense that longtime admirers have come to expect from the Ravens.
As a young cornerback building a career with the Ravens, Lardarius Webb enjoyed the comfort of knowing that whatever happened on the field, free safety Ed Reed was behind him to help the defense make a stop.