It was not as if any of the moves, taken individually, stopped the NFL’s offseason news cycle in its tracks.
In fact, if the national football media seemed focused on the Ravens’ offense at all, it was to ask when first-round pick Lamar Jackson might usurp Joe Flacco at quarterback.
To the outside world, newly signed receivers John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead were reclamation projects, much like Jeremy Maclin or Danny Woodhead before them. Flacco was an overpaid player in steep decline at age 33.
Within the smaller world of the team, however, optimism bloomed as soon as the components came together for offseason workouts.
Brown accelerated past any...