Throughout the Ravens' offseason, under-the-radar pass rusher Steven Means was introduced into conversations by coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome as a young player who bears watching.
Terrell Suggs traditionally doesn't participate in voluntary organized team activities so his arrival at the mandatory minicamp often brings his first public comments since the end of the previous season. After a 2 1/2-hour workout under the hot sun, the 32-year-old and the longest-tenured member of the Ravens was far more introspective than he's been in the past, starting with his acknowledgment that he's yet to completely get over Ngata's departure.
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.
Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw did not have a sack last season, but realizes his future with the Ravens and in the NFL depends on improving as a pass rusher. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract.
OTAs have purpose, but only under certain circumstances. For veterans, being a no-show is no big deal. Their basic game plan is to show up for one of the three, then the mandatory minicamp and then training camp.
Baltimore Ravens fourth-round draft pick Za'Darius Smith turned to football over basketball and the team is glad he did. They selected him with the 122nd overall pick last Saturday, believing that the University of Kentucky outside linebacker/defensive end could replace some of Pernell McPhee's production and give them a young pass rusher to groom behind Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.
Until April 30, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will examine the Ravens¿ depth at each position, the potential of them adding to that spot early in the draft and some of the players who they could target.
During a conference call with Ravens' season ticket and personal seat license holders Wednesday night, Bisciotti said he would be excited if the team came out of the April 30 first round with a third pass-rushing threat, joining Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.
Now that former Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee has officially joined the Chicago Bears on a five-year deal worth nearly $40 million, the veteran pass rusher intends to provide an intimidation factor to his new football team.
The Ravens traded the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Wednesday afternoon, along with a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, to the Detroit Lions in exchange for fourth and fifth round selections. The two sides couldn't come to an agreement on a restructured contract but for Ngata, 31, it was about more than money.
Terrell Suggs famously refuses to say New England Patriots¿ quarterback Tom Brady¿s name, but now, he might have to. The star Ravens outside linebacker has been appearing on the NFL Network as part of its Super Bowl coverage, and Brady is basically the star attraction.
In a gripping battle full of shifting fortunes, indelible plays and strategic intrigue, the Patriots ended the Ravens' season, beating them 35-31 in the AFC Divisional playoffs. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finally faltered in the postseason with two late interceptions after an otherwise superb performance. His Patriots counterpart, Tom Brady, declawed a fearsome Ravens defense.
As the sixth-seeded Ravens (11-6) square off with the top-seeded New England Patriots (12-4) in an AFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday at Gillette Stadium, here's a checklist of things to keep an eye on:
Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was not present for the media viewing portion of Ravens practice Thursday, in keeping with the custom of giving the 12th-year pass rusher the final practice of the week off.
The Ravens are coming off a 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wild-card round, and they visit the New England Patriots for a divisional playoff game Saturday. As he does each week, columnist Mike Preston took a handful of reader questions about the team.
There are just three more trash-talking days until the Ravens face the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, and we're still waiting for somebody - anybody - to deliver the first verbal volley in what used to be a pretty chippy rivalry.
Courtney Upshaw's run without a sack has ended. He sacked Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the fourth quarter of the Ravens' 30-17 AFC wild-card win last Saturday, shaking him up and briefly forcing him out of the game.
The Ravens' 30-17 victory over the Steelers in the AFC wild-card round Saturday night at Heinz Field was defined by an aggressiveness and fearlessness that also characterized their Super Bowl run two years ago.
As he does each week, Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker shares his five biggest takeaways from the Ravens' 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wild-card round at Heinz Field on Saturday.
The football caromed off the hands of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Ben Tate and was bobbled by Terrell Suggs before the Ravens outside linebacker intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass in unconventional fashion.
So here is a little advice to coach John Harbaugh and coordinators Gary Kubiak and Dean Pees: Be imaginative, creative and unchained. In other words, as Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor once said, "go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs."