After making six selections in the draft and bolstering his defense while failing to provide help at the offensive skill positions, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said he'd immediately get back to work to try to bolster the roster.
Aaron Mellette is the first small-school wide receiver the Ravens have drafted since Northern Arizona's Clarence Moore in 2004. They have instead preferred to pluck wide receivers from established BCS programs like Oklahoma, Oregon, Maryland, and Miami.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree might not have the wow factor and name value of some of the league's elite receivers, but it will take a team effort from the Ravens secondary to limit the damage in the Super Bowl.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
Holding court inside the Ravens' locker room Thursday, veteran free safety Ed Reed was in no hurry to head toward the exit door. Reed is following a similar unrushed, stress-free approach toward addressing his uncertain future with the team after 11 seasons.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees stuck with an aggressive approach, blitzing defenders and using unusual alignments. He lined up safeties James Ihedigbo and Omar Brown as edge pass rushers lined up outside the tackles and shifted outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw to nose guard.
In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong.