Javorious Allen - RBPosted 8/30/15 11:57pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Javorius Allen fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line in his first game replacing RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) as the backup running back against the Washington Redskins in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 29. 'You have to hold on to the football,' head coach Jim Harbaugh said. 'It's just not possible to put runners out there that fumble the football. He's going to have other opportunities and chances going forward, and I really believe he's going to be a very good player. But, he's going to have to learn from that.'
Huddle Up: The Ravens are counting on the rookie Allen with Taliaferro likely to miss the first few regular-season games with an MCL sprain, but he's far from irreplaceable, and it'll be next man up if he struggles holding onto the ball. In short, the Justin Forsett handcuff situation is in flux right now.
Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 8/26/15 5:48pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta's (hip) status is unknown as to whether he will play this season, according to QB Joe Flacco.
Huddle Up: Pitta already is expected to open the season on the PUP list, and sadly, if he's staring at the prospect of essentially missing a third straight season, the two hip surgeries could prove to be career-ending. In the meantime, rookie Maxx Williams and second-year TE Crockett Gillmore are the Ravens' fantasy TEs of note.
Lorenzo Taliaferro - RBPosted 8/24/15 3:59pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks because of a medial collateral ligament sprain.
Huddle Up: Taliaferro was in line to be Justin Forsett's primary backup and also see some of the goal line work. Now that job will go to rookie Buck Allen while Taliaferro is out. If Allen plays well, he could keep the role even when Taliaferro returns.
Maxx Williams - TEPosted 8/22/15 12:30pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams has made far fewer plays in the passing game than TE Nick Boyle during training camp.
Huddle Up: Rookie tight ends historically struggle in their first season, so this comes as no surprise. Williams is physically gifted but shouldn't be given fantasy consideration until 2016.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 8/20/15 5:30pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) has been sitting out because of a sprained posterior cruciate ligament. Perriman is wearing a brace on his injured knee.
Huddle Up: It's been slow going for the Ravens' first-round pick -- particularly considering that he is being counted on to contribute immediately with the Ravens losing free-agent Torrey Smith in the offseason -- but we'll continue to monitor the situation for better news.
Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 8/18/15 4:59pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) will stay on the Physically Unable to Perform list when the regular season begins, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Pitta will now miss at least the first six games of the season.
Huddle Up: No surprise here after what Pitta has gone through just to get this far. In the meantime, second-year Crockett Gillmore and second-round rookie Maxx Williams will handle the bulk of the team's TE snaps.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 8/18/15 5:05pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) is healing slowly, though the results of his MRI were normal, according to a source. He's expected back in a week or so.
Huddle Up: There were high hopes that Perriman might be one of the most productive rookie receivers this season. That still might happen, but the wideout likely will have a slow start to make up for later in the year. Stay tuned ...
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 8/17/15 10:26pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) missed his 14th consecutive practice Monday, Aug. 17, and head coach John Harbaugh wasn't happy about it. 'I hate that he's missing it, hate that he's not out here,' Harbaugh conceded over the weekend. 'I have a knot in the pit of my stomach in some ways about it. In other ways, I know it's all out of our control, and I'll put it in God's hands and let him take care of it. To me, that's the best strategy, right there,' said Harbaugh.
Huddle Up: The first round pick has fallen behind the curve, and he'll likely need to spend the early part of the regular season playing catch-up. Expect his production to suffer as a result.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 8/11/15 12:19am ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) has yet to practice with the team in training camp, but offensive coordinator Marc Trestman doesn't think Perriman's absence will set him back from learning the offense. Head coach John Harbaugh said Perriman is 'getting closer' to returning, and he didn't rule him out for the preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 13. WR Kamar Aiken has a better grasp of the No. 2 receiver job with injuries to Perriman and WR Marlon Brown. The Ravens don't think Perriman's injury is serious, and he has time to catch up even if he misses the game Thursday.
Huddle Up: Slow start or not, the first-round pick will have every opportunity to earn the starting job opposite vet Steve Smith. He currently owns a 97.85 ADP -- 38th among all WRs.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 8/10/15 1:53pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith has announced that he will retire after the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: Smith is headed into his 15th and final season. Smith isn't the player he once was but he's still very effective after recording his eighth 1,000-yard season of his career in 2014. Smith should be drafted in the WR3 range.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 8/10/15 11:40pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. announced Monday, Aug. 10 that he will retire at the end of the 2015 season -- his 15th in the NFL.
Huddle Up: It's been a quite a run for 5-foot-9 Smith who, with a 79-1,065-6 receiving line last season, enjoyed a fantasy re-birth at age 35. And as of right now he looks as if he'll at least open the season as the Ravens' No. 1 WR with first-round pick Breshad Perriman (knee) yet to practice in training camp.
Justin Forsett - RBPosted 8/9/15 1:39pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett said he plans to prove the team made the right decision re-signing him in the offseason. 'I'm going on my eighth year, and my mindset is I don't ever want to be comfortable,' Forsett said. 'As soon as you get comfortable, that's when bad things happen. I've got to go out there and continue to show that I deserve to be here.'
Huddle Up: In his first six NFL seasons, Forsett rushed for 1,692 yards and eight TDs on 341 carries. Last season in Baltimore, he ran for 1,266 and eight scores on 235 carries to notch a surprise top-10 fantasy season. The Huddle is projecting a rushing regression for Forsett (1,000 yards & 5 TDs) but does foresee a career-high 65 receptions with the arrival of new Ravens OC Marc Trestman.
Crockett Gillmore - TEPosted 8/6/15 8:36pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore is listed with the starters on the Ravens' first official depth chart.
Huddle Up: There was early excitement over second-round pick Maxx Williams, but the rookie has reportedly has been battling the steep learning curve -- as many first-year TEs do -- in making the transition to the NFL and this has all the makings of a near-equal split, keeping both Gillmore and Williams off the standard-size league fantasy radar.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 8/5/15 10:22am ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) remains out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: The WR2 spot in Baltimore is wide open, but between his training camp drops and missing time with a bum knee Perriman is failing to capitalize on the opportunity.
Elvis Dumervil - LBPosted 8/3/15 11:42pm ET
Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil (knee) missed a fourth straight practice Monday, Aug. 3, as he continues to recover from knee tendinitis.
Huddle Up: Dumervil matched his career high with 17 sacks last season, but age is starting to creep up on the pass-rusher as he'll turn 32 in January. Let's see if the Ravens start cutting down on his reps and snaps once he returns to keep him fresher.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 8/2/15 6:56pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman may take more time than the team initially hoped he'd need to recover from a bruised knee. The injury is still not regarded as long-term at this point.
Huddle Up: Every day missed is costing the rookie valuable reps, and Perriman likely could a few more than the typical first-round pick as he's making the transition from a non-power conference school (Central Florida) to the NFL.
Marlon Brown - WRPosted 8/2/15 11:17pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Marlon Brown (back) is regarded as day-to-day.
Huddle Up: Brown, who's trying regain his 2013 form when he caught 49 passes for 524 yards and seven TDs, has drawn his share of offseason praise, but he can't afford to miss too much time as he's battling a host of other young wideouts for one of the team's backup wideout spots.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 8/1/15 8:07pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) is considered day-to- day with a bruised knee. Perriman has missed two practices in a row because of the injury.
Huddle Up: It's never good when a rookie misses practice time but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Perriman is still on track to open the season opposite Steve Smith as one of the Ravens' starting receivers. He currently has a Round 8 ADP.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 7/30/15 3:41pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman suffered a minor knee injury during practice Thursday, July 30, and could miss a day or two of practice.
Huddle Up: Not the best of developments for the first-round pick who's hoping to cement a spot in the starting lineup opposite veteran Steve Smith, but it doesn't sound like anything to be overly concerned about either. It'll definitely be on the news radar, though.
Lardarius Webb - CBPosted 7/30/15 3:41pm ET
Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 30, because he was not able to pass the conditioning test.
Huddle Up: Last season was a struggle for Webb, who accepted a $2.75 million pay cut to return to the team this offseason. He missed most of OTAs to be with his pregnant wife, and now training camp is off to a rough start. The cornerback will have to pass the test in the coming days to shed the PUP designation.
Justin Forsett - RBPosted 7/29/15 8:50am ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett is likely to see another substantial workload, as offensive coordinator Marc Trestman is a big believer in the running game, and the team will maintain the same zone blocking system they had last year under former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Huddle Up: Forsett has no challengers on the roster, and in addition to handling a workload similar to last year he should also see an uptick in receptions under Trestman--the same coordinator who oversaw 130 targets for Matt Forte last year.
Kamar Aiken - WRPosted 7/29/15 8:50am ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Kamar Aiken worked consistently with the first-team offense throughout minicamps and organized team activities (OTAs). He is trying to hold off WRs Marlon Brown and Breshad Perriman for the starting job opposite WR Steve Smith Sr.
Huddle Up: If Perriman can hang on to the ball consistently he could move past Aiken, but so far through the offseason that detail has remained an issue for the rookie.
Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 7/24/15 5:57pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was officially placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 24.
Huddle Up: Pitta has played only seven games the past two seasons after dislocating his hip twice, but according to Pro Football Talk, he already is guaranteed $4 million this season so the Ravens have ample reason to let him take his time and get healthy. Pitta also may start the regular season on the PUP, and, if so, rookie second-round pick Maxx Williams and 2014 third-round selection Crokett Gillmore will go into the season as the team's top two TEs.
Lorenzo Taliaferro - RBPosted 7/23/15 4:35pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro is expected to be pushed by RB Javorius Allen for the No. 2 running back job, but he likely will enter training camp as the favorite for the job because of his experience.
Huddle Up: Taliaferro, last season's fourth-round pick, was a preseason stud who wound up gaining 406 total yards and scoring four TDs in back of Justin Forsett, but Allen is a the current fourth-round pick from USC who led the Pac-12 with 1,947 yards from scrimmage last fall. In other words, the Forsett handcuff battle looks to be a tight one.
Javorius Allen - RBPosted 7/23/15 11:45pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Javorius Allen (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 23.
Huddle Up: There has been no immediate indication as to the nature or extent of the fourth-round pick's injury so we'll definitely have to monitor the situation as the rookie is expected to compete with second-year player Lorenzo Taliaferro for the team's No. 2 RB job in back of starter Justin Forsett.
Maxx Williams - TEPosted 7/21/15 10:48pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams was inconsistent during offseason workouts and expectations for the rookie should be kept in check, in the opinion of The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.
Huddle Up: There are high expectations for the second-round pick, but long-time fantasy GMs should be used to rookie TE struggles by now as even such luminaries as Jimmy Graham (31-356-5), Greg Olsen (39-391-2) and Vernon Davis (20-265-3) failed to make much of an impact in their debut seasons.
Justin Forsett - RBPosted 7/16/15 2:02pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season and also had 17 rushes of more than 20 yards, which was the most among running backs in both categories.
Huddle Up: Forsett was THE surprise in the fantasy RB top 10 last season and looks again to be the clear No. 1 in Baltimore, but be somewhat wary of the Ravens switching from run-heavy Gary Kubiak to former Bears coach Marc Trestman at offensive coordinator, even though he could see more looks in the passing game.
Marlon Brown - WRPosted 7/12/15 3:27pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Marlon Brown worked out four days a week during the offseason and watched more film than in the past. He has impressed wide receivers coach Bobby Engram, 'You really saw Marlon come on strong the last half of last season, and we see the same thing in OTAs and minicamp,' he said. 'He's made a lot of plays, and he understands multiple positions. He's a worker and he's a technician who's learning how to continue to hone his craft.' Head coach John Harbaugh also noted, 'He's just a really gifted player. Like I said, I have high hopes for him. I really want to see him break out.'
Huddle Up: Steve Smith's 2014 arrival proved costly to Brown as he fell from 12 starts in 2013 to one last season and saw his receptions (49-24) and receiving yards (524-255) sliced in half while his TD receptions dropped from seven to zero. Exit Torrey Smith and enter first-round pick Breshad Perriman, and Brown figures to be the front-runner for the No. 3 WR gig.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 7/8/15 12:18am ET
Baltimore Ravens rookie WR Breshad Perriman said he's taking a mental approach to working on his issue of dropped passes. 'It's really all mental,' Perriman said. 'I talk to myself, tell myself the things that I need to do to complete those passes and just try to step it up a notch more.'
Huddle Up: There are plenty of expectations with the first-round pick stepping in for the departed Torrey Smith, but the fantasy prognosis here at The Huddle is lukewarm at the moment with the rookie from Central Florida ranking as a low-end WR4 at best at 44th on the current 2015 cheat sheet.
Crockett Gillmore - TEPosted 7/8/15 3:55pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore appears to be the most likely candidate to start at tight end this season since he is the closest thing the team has to a two-way tight end.
Huddle Up: The obvious alternative for the Ravens is rookie Maxx Williams, but he won't be outright handed the job in Baltimore so his fantasy impact may need to wait.
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