The Ravens understand that immediate help for a passing game that floundered badly during a 19-13 loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday isn't on the horizon. It's up to them to make do with what they have, and players and coaches insist they have more than enough to be an explosive offensive team.
Even as the NFL shades every year closer toward offensive coordinator Marc Trestman's traditional aerial attack becoming the league norm, the Ravens will use the return of one of the game's best offensive lines and running back Justin Forsett to try and replicate the sucess of the ground game from 2014.
Wide receivers Daniel Brown, who caught a touchdown and blocked a punt in Thursday night's preseason-closing loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and Tom Nelson, offensive tackle Blaine Clausell, inside linebacker Andrew Bose and cornerback Quinton Pointer were all let go. Their releases leave the Ravens with 70 players, meaning that they'll have to make 17 more moves by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe hasn't been cleared to practice all week because of a "pretty serious bruise" on his right forearm, an injury suffered Saturday when the Ravens lost three tackles to injury in a 40-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Injuries prevented the Ravens' top backups from playing valuable snaps Saturday night. With the regular season creeping closer, offensive line depth is being put under the type of strain that could cripple it were it not for the extra players afforded by a 90-man training camp roster.
There were times in the joint practices when the Philadelphia Eagles effortlessly moved the ball on the Ravens starting defense, while the Ravens starting offense remained bogged down in its own territory on the adjacent field. That's how Saturday's game went, too.
With several offensive linemen looking as though they would miss the Ravens' preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach John Harbaugh said Friday that it would be incumbent on those who were healthy to step in and play, no matter their experience.
Six offensive linemen -- including two starters and two top reserves -- didn't dress for Saturday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the Ravens with 11 offensive linemen for the game.
The Ravens began stretching and getting used to their surroundings on the field at around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, in full pads for the first of three practices with the Philadelphia Eagles at their Novacare Complex. Here are five early observations from the practice.
A Ravens guard position fortified by both star veterans and promising young linemen took losses Thursday with starter Kelechi Osemele sitting out and reserves John Urschel and Robert Myers both leaving practice early.
After the 2013 season, the Ravens had failed to make the playoffs for the first and only time under coach John Harbaugh, and a lot of fingers were pointed at run game coordinator Juan Castillo because some of his abrupt changes caused dissension among his players and the coaching staff.
There seems to be a consensus among football pundits leaguewide: The Ravens, who annually lose veteran talent and replace it with young and unproven players, will again enter the season as one of the better teams in the AFC, and in good position to make the playoffs for the seventh time in head coach John Harbaugh's eight seasons.
The Baltimore Sun is breaking down where the Ravens stand at each position, including predictions on how many players the team will keep at each spot and which players are locks, long shots or "on the bubble."
The 2015 Ravens will be together as a full team for the first time this week with workouts scheduled from Tuesday through Thursday at the Under Armour Performance Center. Players will practice for the final time before the start of training camp in July.
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.