Lardarius Webb - CBPosted 8/18/14 11:16pm ET
Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back) will not play in the team's final two preseason games, according to head coach John Harbaugh on Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: The Ravens certainly want to avoid a repeat of 2012 when their top CB missed all but 6 games and will try to get him rested and ready for the Sept. 7 season opener against Cincy.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 8/16/14 9:15pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice's (shoulder) X-rays on his shoulder came back negative.
Huddle Up: Rice will likely be day-to-day and his availability for the Ravens' third preseason game will be known more early in the week. Rice is currently being overvalued with an ADP of Round 5. Bernard Pierce is a much better option for fantasy owners this year with an ADP of Round 8.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 8/14/14 6:56pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice is expected to work with the first-team offense during the second preseason game but likely will start losing snaps to RBs Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro since he will sit out the first two games of the regular season. Pierce and Taliaferro have received more work with the starting offense during practice, and Pierce is expected to start the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Pierce has much added fantasy value this summer, not only because he's in line to start the first two games of the season, but he's also the insurance policy in case the Rice of 2013 shows up after his return in Week 3.
Kapron Lewis-Moore - DEPosted 8/10/14 4:10pm ET
Baltimore Ravens DL Kapron Lewis-Moore sustained a left Achilles' tear during practice Sunday, Aug. 10, and will miss the entire 2014 season, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
Huddle Up: Tough news for the Ravens and the 2013 6th-round pick who was listed as Chis Canty's backup at DE.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 8/8/14 4:20pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice showed nice acceleration and decisiveness on his runs during the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, Aug. 7. 'I do feel different,' he said of his slimmer frame. 'I guess it's safe to say I feel like back when I was a rookie. That's the weight I'm continuing to try to play at. Obviously, when I went through when I added a little bit of extra weight, you can't make the cuts like you want to do.' Rice ran for 17 yards on three carries on the team's first drive.
Huddle Up: With his season-opening 2-game suspension and coming off his disastrous 2013 campaign, Rice has fallen down the ADP ranks as the 24th RB currently coming off the board, but the former fantasy stud isn't that far removed from his glory days and could provide a strong ROI if you can still snag him in the middle rounds of your draft.
Bernard Pierce - RBPosted 8/7/14 10:18pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce has been the best running back in training camp, in the opinion of Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. Pierce has had the best transition to Kubiak's stretch, zone blocking runs.
Huddle Up: Between the veteran Pierce, who ran for a TD in Thursday night's preseason opener, and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, who led the Ravens in rushing in the contest, Baltimore are well prepared to weather Ray Rice's season-opening 2-game suspension.
Lardarius Webb - CBPosted 8/2/14 6:33pm ET
Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back) will not play in the first two preseason games and is questionable to play in the third preseason game, according to head coach John Harbaugh. 'He's just got some things going on in there that aren't long-term things,' Harbaugh said. 'I'm not going to get into giving you the exact diagnosis. This early part of camp, I just don't want to put him through this. He had sports hernia surgery also. There's some scar tissue in there. I just would rather keep him out of this first part of training camp.'
Huddle Up: Webb has been out since the second day of camp with back spasms. The corner is a major piece of the Ravens defense, so the team will be extra cautious with him. At this point Webb is expected to be in the lineup for Week 1 but this is certainly an injury worth monitoring throughout training camp.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 7/28/14 10:50am ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice did not appeal his two-game suspension.
Huddle Up: Ray Rice should thank his lucky stars the NFL is more concerned about performance enhancing drugs and DUIs than domestic violence. Bernard Pierce will get the bulk of the carries while Rice sits, and if Rice doesn't perform significantly better than he did last year he may return to a jobshare rather than the feature back workload he's been used to.
Bernard Pierce - RBPosted 7/27/14 2:28pm ET
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce left practice Saturday, July 26, because of an illness.
Huddle Up: Repeating, it's an illness, not any sort of injury, for the RB who for now is slated to be the Ravens' starter the first 2 weeks of the season.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 7/24/14 12:13pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be suspended for the first two games of the season following his well-publicized, off-season arrest on assault charges involving his fiancée, according to sources Thursday, July 24.
Huddle Up: Given the seriousness of the the charges here -- accompanied by a disturbing video -- and the more stringent punishments handed out recently for pot use and the like, the league's surprising leniency is being met with some harsh criticism on airwaves and social-media circles this morning. Regardless, the Ravens and Rice's fantasy owners are getting off easy as the RB will only miss 2 starts as he tries to rebound from his deeply disappointing 2013 showing.
Bernard Pierce - RBPosted 7/22/14 6:56pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce said he has been fully cleared following his rotator-cuff surgery in the offseason. Pierce also said he is down to 223 pounds.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Ravens as Pierce had best be ready with starter Ray Rice likely to start the season on suspension.
Joe Flacco - QBPosted 7/22/14 6:56pm ET
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he's become more comfortable in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense.
Huddle Up: Flacco hit career highs for passing attempts (614) and yards (3,912) last season but had the second-lowest single-season TD pass total (19) of his career while tossing a career-high 22 picks to finish as a low-end QB2. Flacco's numbers are bound to improve, but not enough to escape QB2 territory.
Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 7/9/14 9:35pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta has been in constant motion in formations during the offseason practices. He's expected to line up in tight end alignments, split out wide and in the backfield.
Huddle Up: This sounds good for Pitta's fantasy value, but no need to push him up between Gronk and Graham just yet; after all, the Ravens still have Gary Kubiak favorite Owen Daniels and rookie Crockett Gilmore. He's solid with upside, but that puts him in a big pile of TEs on fantasy draft day.
Justin Tucker - PKPosted 7/8/14 10:58pm ET
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome recently said the team is working on contract extensions for several players, and PK Justin Tucker is the likeliest to get a new deal before the season begins, according to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley. Hensley believes a long-term deal makes the most sense for both sides.
Huddle Up: It would well deserved as Tucker has been a top-10 fantasy PK in each of his two NFL seasons and has connected on 10 of 11 career FG attempts from beyond 50 yards.
Daryl Smith - LBPosted 7/6/14 8:52pm ET
Baltimore Ravens LB Daryl Smith said he expects the defense to be even better this season now that he and his teammates have had a year to play together. 'A lot of us are playing together again, and we started to learn each other last year,' Smith said. 'This year, we'll be able to trust each other more.'
Huddle Up: The Ravens' D -- long a fantasy stalwart -- finished 2013 tied for 20th among team defenses, but it has a lot more continuity than it did a year ago when the then-defending champs were reeling from free-agent departures and the retirement of leader Ray Lewis. It will also help if the team's high-round defensive draft picks (first-round LB C.J. Mosley, second-round DT Timmy Jernigan and third-round S Terrence Brooks) can make immediate impacts.
Bernard Pierce - RBPosted 7/1/14 7:55pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice's pending suspension may cause the Ravens to take a running back by committee approach. RB Bernard Pierce would be the likely frontrunner, with RBs Justin Forsett , Lorenzo Taliaferro, Cierre Wood and Fitzgerald Toussaint in the mix.
Huddle Up: Aside from Pierce and Forsett, the other 3 backs are unknown quantities with a combined 3 career NFL carries so don't dig too deep looking for a sleeper candidate.
Joe Flacco - QBPosted 6/26/14 7:56pm ET
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said the new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's playbook is not very difficult to learn, noting the main change from last year's system is the terminology is 'completely different.' Flacco said the offense is playing faster because of a more streamlined playbook, which allows players to 'do what they're good at' because of having fewer things to consider.
Huddle Up: Kubiak's offenses are noted for a zone-blocking running scheme and play-action passing attack, which will surely incorporate plenty of deep passes to take advantage of Flacco's strong arm.
Joe Flacco - QBPosted 6/21/14 12:51am ET
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco has looked to be a good fit in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's system based on his performance during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Flacco was a disappointment last season after leading the Ravens to a Super Bowl and inking a fat new contract. While it's unlikely the Ravens will get their money's worth from Flacco, something closer than last year's fiasco would be appreciated.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 6/19/14 7:50pm ET
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team has no timetable on when a decision will be announced on a possible suspension for RB Ray Rice.
Huddle Up: Hopefully for the sake of the Ravens and fantasy GMs, it will come sooner rather than later so everyone can adjust their plans accordingly.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 6/16/14 10:39pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice and his wife were in New York Monday, June 16, to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters. Rice could face a significant punishment from the NFL due to a physical altercation with his then-fiance in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino this offseason. According to sources, there is potential for more than a four- to six-game suspension.
Huddle Up: Rice had one of his worst seasons as a pro last year, and the prospects of a shortened season make Bernard Pierce a valuable fantasy commodity--not to mention dinging Rice's value as well.
Torrey Smith - WRPosted 6/16/14 10:39pm ET
One anonymous general manager said that Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith is 'a bit of a one-trick pony (as a downfield threat).' Of the 130 passes that were thrown to Smith last year, 26 percent went over 20 yards in the air, and he led all NFL players in the most targets and routes run on passes that traveled over 20 yards. In 2013, he had only 39 catches on throws that went 10 yards or less, which ranked him 71st among receivers in the league. WR Steve Smith's presence in the offense could limit opposing defenses from bracketing their coverages on Smith all game long. Also, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is known for not taking too many downfield shots.
Huddle Up: There's no question Torrey is a deep threat, and Steve's presence on the other side of the field should give both Smiths more room to roam. As for Kubiak not being a deep ball kind of guy, he seemed to take a few shots with Andre Johnson so don't sweat Torrey being dramatically limited this season.
Owen Daniels - TEPosted 6/8/14 5:55pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels said he and TE Dennis Pitta will catch a lot of passes this upcoming season because of the scheme offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has brought to the team. 'We will [catch a lot of balls]. That's just the way this offense is built,' Daniels said. 'I'm sure Dennis will be happy with it.'
Huddle Up: The numbers back that up as Houston TEs averaged a combined 105.7 receptions a season over the last 3 years while Baltimore TEs averaged 84.0 over the same span.
Owen Daniels - TEPosted 5/30/14 6:25pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels did not really stand out in practice Friday, May 30. Daniels did not get much separation from defensive players. Daniels is coming off a broken leg from last season.
Huddle Up: At this juncture Daniels is looking less like a guy Gary Kubiak brought in to be a factor at tight end and more like a veteran Kubiak brought in to show younger players like Dennis Pitta how Kubiak's system works.
Justin Forsett - RBPosted 5/30/14 6:25pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett impressed in practice Friday, May 30, while taking most of the snaps with the first team in practice. Forsett was extremely fast and showed good hands in catching passes out of the backfield.
Huddle Up: At this juncture, all Forsett needs to do to be an impressive Ravens running back is stay out of jail and the drunk tank. Mission accomplished, though the standards for success will obviously be more rigorous as the season approaches.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 5/25/14 8:17pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice and the team are bracing for a potential multiple-game suspension from the NFL due to a physical altercation with his wife an Atlantic City, N.J. casino this offseason. No discipline has been determined yet, but Rice is expected to meet soon with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Huddle Up: Yeah, the video of Rice dragging his unconscious wife out of the elevator looked as bad in the NFL offices and it did on your laptop, so expect Rice to play in fewer than 15 games for the first time since his rookie season of 2008.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 5/20/14 6:59pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will avoid jail time in his felony aggravated assault case after being accepted into a pretrial intervention program. Rice could still be facing a suspension under the NFL personal conduct policy.
Huddle Up: We'll see what the NFL discipline czars have in store for Rice, who already is facing a big hurdle in trying to bounce back from his deeply disappointing 2013 season (5-year lows with 981 yards from scrimmage and 4 total TDs).
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 5/11/14 6:55pm ET
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said QB Keith Wenning will compete with QB Tyrod Taylor for the team's backup quarterback job.
Huddle Up: Taylor, a 2011 6th-round pick who's never made an NFL start and has only 35 career passing attempts, will face some serious competition in Wenning, a 6th-round selection out of Ball State who is more of a pure pocket passer and ranks in the MAC's all-time top 5 in most statistical categories.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 5/1/14 11:38pm ET
Updating an earlier report, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice applied for the pretrial intervention program, which allows certain defendants -- often first-time offenders - to avoid formal prosecution. The prosecutor offered a plea deal that includes probation with no jail time and anger management counseling. If he's denied the intervention program, he would accept the plea deal and avoid jail time.
Huddle Up: Obviously good legal news for Rice, who has had the public backing of the Ravens throughout this process.
Ray Rice - RBPosted 4/28/14 11:26am ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice's court date for felony assault charges was pushed back to Thursday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Since the league is unlikely to take any action until this case runs its course in the courtroom, no news on a potential suspension for Rice.
Tandon Doss - WRPosted 4/17/14 3:33pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Tandon Doss is not expected to have charges filed against him after an arrest for disorderly conduct earlier this week.
Huddle Up: Doss is off to a shaky start with his new team and will be trying to work his way up the depth chart after 26 catches in 2 seasons with the Ravens.
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