From his seat at the Super Bowl on Sunday, Vonta Leach will summon the past — the Ravens' ascent to the top in the 2012 season and that glorious scoreboard, at game's end, which he'll not forget: Ravens 34, San Francisco 49ers 31.
Following a season in which he primarily served as a lead blocker for running back Justin Forsett, who rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns, fullback Kyle Juszczyk will report to training camp on Wednesday with designs on catching more passes this season.
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.
Should the Packers advance to the Super Bowl, then Juszczyk would make it to the Pro Bowl as a first alternate with Packers fullback John Kuhn unable to play in the Pro Bowl because of preparations for the big game.
Former Ravens Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron Mcclain was arrested on a felony charge of synthetic marijuana trafficking in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Wednesday night, according to Tuscaloosa police.
When the Ravens installed former Harvard standout Kyle Juszczyk as their new starting fullback as the replacement for Vonta Leach, they immediately hoped that he would emerge as a hybrid pass-catching option with his capabilities to line up at H-back or tight end.
The 32-year-old doesn't intend to retire at this time and has been engaging in what he calls "Organized Vonta Activities" as he continues to run and lift weights each day to remain ready in case a team calls him.
Shortly after Terrance West finished working out for the Ravens on Monday at their training complex, the Towson star junior running back got a text message from coach John Harbaugh saying he intends to stay in touch.
The Ravens have carved out more salary-cap breathing room by terminating the contracts of veteran fullback Vonta Leach and inside linebacker Jameel McClain on Thursday, creating $4.95 million in salary-cap space.
"The Ravens aren't cheap," said Joel Corry, a former NFL agent who writes about the business of football for National Football Post. Now the team must face several complicated personnel and financial decisions.