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Bernard Pierce - RB Posted 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 - QB Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - PK Posted 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 - LB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - QB Posted 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 - QB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - QB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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.

Deonte Thompson - WR Posted 4/13/14 3:52pm et
The drug charges against Baltimore Ravens WR Deonte Thompson have been dropped because of insufficient evidence. Thompson was arrested in February for suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Huddle Up: Thompson appears to be in the clear off the field, but he might find it hard to land a Ravens' roster spot for a third straight season with Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown all ahead of him on the Baltimore WR depth chart.

Owen Daniels - TE Posted 4/6/14 3:53pm et
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said TE Owen Daniels will have a big role in the offense this upcoming season. 'Just couldn't be more happy, more excited. � I guarantee his role will be plenty big,' Harbaugh said. 'He's going to have a lot to do with our success next year, and we've got a lot of big plans for him.'
Huddle Up: New Ravens OC Gary Kubiak loves his TEs, but will there be enough fantasy production to go around with Daniels and incumbent Dennis Pitta? If both are healthy for the majority of 2014, neither likely will be startable in standard-size fantasy leagues.

Jameel McClain - LB Posted 4/3/14 11:38pm et
New York Giants LB Jameel McClain should start at one of the starting outside linebacker spots this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: McClain has made 54 starts for the Ravens over the past 4 seasons and has averaged 67.5 total tackles per season. He'll likely take over at SLB, which was chiefly manned by Keith Rivers this past season.

Owen Daniels - TE Posted 4/3/14 11:38pm et
TE Owen Daniels signed an undisclosed 1-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, April 3. Daniels and TE Dennis Pitta are expected to be on the field often in two-tight end sets. The Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers were also interested in Daniels.
Huddle Up: Daniels, who was limited to a career-low 5 games and 24 receptions this past season due to a fractured fibula, should have a smooth transition with former-Texans coach Gary Kubiak bringing his TE- friendly offense to Baltimore. Daniels' signing, however, is not necessarily the best of fantasy news for starting TE Dennis Pitta.

Ray Rice - RB Posted 3/31/14 3:51pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice and Janay Palmer were married Friday, March 28, one day after Rice was indicted by a grand jury on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly hitting Palmer and knocking her unconscious, according to league sources. The ceremony had been planned for several weeks. Palmer was also charged with simple assault, but the complaint against her has been dismissed.
Huddle Up: Does this mean Palmer doesn't have to testify against her now-husband in the assault case? It's one of many offseason questions Rice will face stemming from the incident that led to the charges. Expect the league to let the legal system take the lead, so it's likely Rice won't miss any time this season.

Tyrod Taylor - QB Posted 3/30/14 2:27pm et
Baltimore Ravens QB Tyrod Taylor knows he will face competition to hold on to the backup quarterback job. 'Yeah, we talked about it, and there's competition across the league every day,' Taylor said. 'You've got to compete for your job to stay there. We know where we stand. I'm trying to get better every day. Competition -- that's the name of this game.'
Huddle Up: Taylor,a 6th-round pick in 2011, has attempted 35 passes and rushed 23 times for 139 yards in 3 seasons backing up Joe Flacco, and it's definitely not out of the realm that the Ravens might draft a QB or bring in a veteran free agent.

Bernard Pierce - RB Posted 3/30/14 2:27pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce said his surgically repaired rotator cuff is improving, and he will be ready for training camp. 'I'm grinding every day,' Pierce said.
Huddle Up: Pierce, who has 260 rushes for 968 yards in 2 seasons in Baltimore, will at least be counted on to reprise his No. 2 role and maybe more pending starter Ray Rice's current legal situation.

Ray Rice - RB Posted 3/27/14 5:40pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was indicted on third-degree aggravated assault charges Thursday, March 27, for last month's incident at an Atlantic City casino. The charge carries a 3-to-5-year prison term.
Huddle Up: Rice's attorney continues to refute the charges and insists the case will be resolved. In the meantime, the Ravens say they are sticking by the veteran RB, but that decision may be taken out of their hands by the courts.

Torrey Smith - WR Posted 3/25/14 10:26pm et
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, March 25, that the team is looking to sign WR Torrey Smith to a contract extension. Smith is in the last year of his deal, and they do not have a 2015 club option save for the franchise or transition tags.
Huddle Up: Smith's receiving yards have increased in each of his 3 seasons, hitting 1,128 this past campaign on a career-high 65 catches. Still, he had a career-low 4 TD catches after having at least 7 in each of his first 2 years. The Ravens have added Steve Smith this offseason, but expect the younger, speedier Smith to remain the team's top WR target.

Ray Rice - RB Posted 3/17/14 11:53am et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice has reportedly lost 15 pounds this offseason and wants to get to 205 pounds for next season. Rice finished this season at 225 pounds, which is the heaviest he has been since entering the league.
Huddle Up: Rice has plenty of issues to grapple with this offseason, from his off-the-field issues to his struggles last season. If the lighter playing weight alleviates the hip issues, that's certainly a step in the right direction.

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