Your regular blogger got stuck in traffic this morning on his way to Ravens Training Camp, so he didn't have time to review what happened in the local sports world yesterday. Lucky for you, that's why we write the Coffee Companion, which recaps the previous day's headlines.
Ravens rush linebacker Terrell Suggs was viewed as the Ravens¿ vocal leader following the retirement of Ray Lewis and the departure of Ed Reed prior to last season. Suggs didn¿t mind occupying that role and he certainly wouldn¿t mind sharing it, say with quarterback Joe Flacco.
Over the past six months, Harbaugh has stoically moved on from the least successful year of his head-coaching career. He overhauled his coaching staff, executed a review of the organization's ways and while privately fuming, he served as a public supporter to several of his troubled players.
If the first two days of this week's minicamp are any indication, Terrell Suggs appears in some ways to be back in his 2011 form. His voice has reverberated around the practice field at the Under Armour Performance Center. He's traded barbs with a number of the Ravens' offensive players, including backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Steve Smith, and even playfully challenged offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
The Ravens contacted Haloti Ngata's representatives earlier this offseason to begin contract extension talks that the team hoped would allow the 30-year-old defensive lineman to finish his career in Baltimore.
Veteran outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, nose tackle Haloti Ngata and defensive end Chris Canty are attending the Ravens' mandatory minicamp after being absent from all of the organized team activities.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees won't know for sure until his players strap on the pads and can start making tackles, but if the way his young defense is getting to the ball in organized team activities is any indication, the Ravens might be nearing a return to their fast, ball-swarming defense of old
With 88 players under contract, the Ravens have $5.488 million available under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million under the rule of the top 51 salaries counting against the cap during the offseason.
Since trading for and signing veteran center Jeremy Zuttah to a five-year, $18 million contract extension that includes a salary-cap figure of $1.7 million this year, the Ravens are now approximately $6.976 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
Now, Smith is honoring his late brother, Tevin Jones, by announcing a scholarship fund in his name Saturday during halftime of a Battle of the Beltway charity basketball game at Comcast Center on the University of Maryland campus.