Ravens Fantasy News
RG3 throwing passes in OTAs
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:34pm
Griffin wore a heavier black-brace sheathing than the one he wore late last season after he suffered a strained lateral collateral ligament in Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens. He has been throwing since late April and that showed in his good velocity.
Griffin read off a script of plays designed by the training staff so he doesn't do too much, too fast. He threw with good zip and accuracy to a group that included tight end Fred Davis, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon last October.
One thing to note here is that RG3 and Fred Davis should have an opportunity to build a rapport after showing disappointing chemistry in 2012 before Davis went down.
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Michael Crabtree has a torn Achilles
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 1:58pm
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon during organized team activities Tuesday and will soon undergo what could be season-ending surgery, a person informed of the injury told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the 49ers haven't commented on the injury, which used to be an automatic season-ender but has since become one that can sometimes be rehabbed in a matter of months -- as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers did last year.
Both players tore the tendon in the spring and returned to the field after starting the year on the physically unable to perform list.
Crabtree will miss a minimum of six months which means 2013 will be something of a lost season for him. It's a huge blow to the 49ers passing game and especially Colin Kaepernick. Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams figure to split up his snaps and targets. Rookie Quinton Patton may be in the mix as well. The 49ers could also rely on Vernon Davis more heavily, though that's no sure thing given his history of erratic targets.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 11:58am
About the Ravens' WR2 job:
"[Deonte Thompson] could sneak in there, he looks different, is fast and catches everything," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "But the other guys like [Tandon Doss] and [David Reed] have done well and worked hard during the offseason. As I've always said, the best player will play."
It's interesting that he didn't mention Jacoby Jones, who most assume will get the chance to start. Earlier this month, Assistant GM Eric DeCosta said the team was "very excited" about Jones as a receiver this year.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:41pm
Huff, who was released on March 12 as part of the Raiders’ roster purge, started all 16 regular season games in six of his seven seasons with Oakland.
The 30-year-old is expected to immediately start for the Ravens, who lost both starting safeties from last season. Free safety Ed Reed signed with the Houston Texans after 11 seasons in Baltimore, and strong safety Bernard Pollard was released.
Monday, March 25, 2013, 11:41am
DE Elvis Dumervil decided Sunday to accept a five-year contract from the Ravens rather than re-sign with Denver.
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 11:56am
Safety Bernard Pollard told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Thursday that he has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Pollard was part of the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens team but was released this month.
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 11:55am
Friday, March 15, 2013, 11:46am
The new contract, first noticed by Jason Hurley of NinersNation.com, reduces Manningham's base pay from $3.6 million to $1.8 million. Of his salary, $1.25 million is guaranteed for injury only.
Ravens trade Anquan Boldin to the 49ers
Monday, March 11, 2013, 4:15pm
He's 32, slowing down and has trouble separating, but what Boldin did down the stretch and in the playoffs should not be overlooked. In the 10 games from Week 11 through the Super Bowl, Boldin averaged 4.7-75-.70 which project to #6 WR numbers, and that included a goose egg against the Broncos in Week 15. What he lacks in speed he makes up for in savvy and ball skills. He'll start opposite Michael Crabtree and should have similar value (WR3-ish) as last year. As for Crabtree, this probably means a bit of a drop in targets unless the 49ers let Colin Kaepernick throw the ball more. In Baltimore, this leaves a hole in the starting lineup, but it should lead to more consistent targets for Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta. This is a downgrade for Joe Flacco, who loses a key weapon in his arsenal. Conversely, there's even more reason to like Kaepernick in 2013.
Ravens will ask Anquan Boldin to take a pay cut
Saturday, March 9, 2013, 11:48am
A source told FOXSports.com that the Ravens want wide receiver Anquan Boldin to renegotiate the $6 million base salary he is set to earn in 2013. Otherwise, Boldin will be released before Tuesday’s start of the free-agent signing period.
Boldin was one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets during the postseason, especially in third-down situations. Boldin caught six passes for 104 yards and one touchdown in Baltimore’s 34-31 championship victory over San Francisco.
He's 32, slowing down and has trouble separating, but what Boldin did down the stretch and in the playoffs should not be overlooked. In the 10 games from Week 11 through the Super Bowl, Boldin averaged 4.7-75-.70 which project to #6 WR numbers, and that included a goose egg against the Broncos in Week 15. What he lacks in speed he makes up for in savvy and ball skills. In early 2013 mock drafts, Boldin has been available in the final rounds.
Ravens sign Joe Flacco to new deal
Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:27pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 1:14pm
The Broncos have big plans for RB Ronnie Hillman because he's a young player who consistently showed explosiveness in his career at San Diego State. However, he also arrived in the NFL after just two years of college football.
He turned just 21 during his rookie season. Overall, Hillman has enormous big-play potential, but he needs another offseason in an NFL strength program. He also needs to accept what every young running back in the NFL needs to accept: that the time you had to look for an opening in college is no longer there.
Hillman needs to attack the line of scrimmage and understand where the hole is. And if he can get through the initial crease, he has the potential to do big things.
Hillman, at this point, should be the Broncos' back in their three-wide set. He was pushed into early-down work against the Ravens because McGahee was on injured reserve and Moreno had left the game with a knee injury.
Overall, Hillman played 18 percent of the team's offensive snaps this past season. That total should go up if he can show more decisiveness in his running in the team's offseason work and he can continue to put in the time in pass protection.
Sunday, February 3, 2013, 5:23pm