6:53 AM EDT, Sun July 23, 2017
21 hours ago
Way-too-early 2018 mock draft 1.0

Way-too-early 2018 mock draft 1.0

Ravens land a huge wide receiver Welcome to my first mock draft for the 2018 NFL draft. With just under a year until Roger Goodell announces the opening of the draft, the mock draft world will learn a lot about the talent pool that will enter the NFL. In the summer of 2017, the 2018 draft appears to be a near opposite of 2017. 2018 is absolutely loaded with offensive players, most notably quarterbacks, but isn’t as deep on the defensive side of the ball. With no draft order set for 2018, I have predicted the entire NFL season to make my own order. Check out the below table for the...
21 hours ago
2017 NFL Preview: NFC West

2017 NFL Preview: NFC West

With two contenders and two bottom dwellers, the battle lines are clearly defined in the AFC West. Seattle won the division for the third time in four years with 10 wins last season, but fell to the Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs. Arizona suffered from a handful of tight losses and finished a half game below .500. The 49ers and Rams combined to win six total games. Other divisions have overtaken the West in the NFC, but the top two teams have enough playmakers to make some noise with a little luck. 2017 may be the best chance for a while to add to the division’s trophy...
23 hours ago
Can Griff Whalen or Reggie Porter make the Baltimore Ravens 53-man active roster?

Can Griff Whalen or Reggie Porter make the Baltimore Ravens 53-man active roster?

In a flurry of transactions on Friday, July 21st, the Baltimore Ravens signed WR Griff Whalen and CB Reggie Porter. The question is, do either of these players have a chance to make the final 53-man roster? Starting with Whalen; he is a scrappy, athletic, fast, play-making WR/ST. If Whalen were to make the roster, it would be as the team’s return man. His impact on the offensive side of the ball would be extremely limited and maybe a touch or two a game if that. Whalen’s skill-set is similar to Keenan Reynolds and Michael Campanaro. He would be a slot receiver, who can take end-arounds...
Jul 22, 2017
Baltimore Ravens donate $1.5 million to help local high school

Baltimore Ravens donate $1.5 million to help local high school

The Ravens continue to be all class When it comes to the Baltimore Ravens and their off-field reputation, some still associate the team with the situations involving Ray Lewis, Ray Rice and others, looking at the organization as a bad example to other teams throughout the sports world. The truth however, is the team has made sure to do what they can to help their current and former players, as well as the community. One of the franchise's main goals under owner Steve Bisciotti is to be a first class organization, and overall they have done just that. The Ravens did it once again as they...
Jul 21, 2017
Rookie OT Jermaine Eluemunor passes conditioning test; comes off non-football injury list

Rookie OT Jermaine Eluemunor passes conditioning test; comes off non-football injury list

On Thursday, July 20, rookie offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor was placed on the Ravens’ non-football injury list as a result of failing the team’s conditioning test. This means that when the other rookies began training camp after passing the test, Eluemunor was held back. However, Eluemunor is set to come off of the non-football injury list later today, July 21, when the team’s transactions are released as, per Jeff Zriebiec, the Texas A&M product passed his test. Ravens rookie fifth-round OT Jermaine Eluemunor has passed his conditioning test and will come off non-football...
Jul 21, 2017
Baltimore Ravens plan to sign WR Griff Whalen

Baltimore Ravens plan to sign WR Griff Whalen

The Baltimore Ravens are quickly approaching training camp, but before it opens, it is being reported that they plan to make another addition to their wide receiver corps according to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec. Deal isn't done but Ravens planning to sign WR Griff Whalen if physical comes back Ok, terms can be worked out.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) July 21, 2017 This doesn’t necessarily mean the signing is imminent, but with Whalen unlikely to draw many other suitors at this point, it is hard to believe that the few potential hurdles that Zrebiec mentioned can’t be...
Jul 21, 2017
5 reasons why the Baltimore Ravens can make the playoffs

5 reasons why the Baltimore Ravens can make the playoffs

Is this false hope or can the Ravens return to the postseason? The most grueling part of the off-season is almost over. The dead-zone of no NFL draft to preview, no crazy first or second wave of free-agency to analyze, no Maclin Watch or even OTA’s to talk about is almost over, and this Baltimore Beatdown writer can not wait for the regular season start. This offseason has been one to remember for the Ravens and their fans. Baltimore played a significant role in free-agency, the Zachary Orr saga gave us a roller coaster ride of emotions and the 2017 NFL draft happened. The draft gave...
Jul 21, 2017
2017 NFL Preview: AFC East

2017 NFL Preview: AFC East

New England absolutely owns the AFC East, winning the division in 13 of the 14 previous seasons. The Patriots won 14 regular season games last year in route to another Super Bowl championship. Miami also earned a wildcard bid with 10 victories during head coach Adam Gase’s first season. This is a straightforward division to forecast, as New England is the clear-cut Super Bowl favorite while the Jets are the longest of long shots. Cross conference pairings with the capable NFC South and intra conference matchups against the AFC West should preclude the AFC East from producing a wildcard...
Jul 21, 2017
Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier lists Baltimore Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley as one of the ‘toughest guys’ he has played

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier lists Baltimore Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley as one of the ‘toughest guys’ he has played

Pittsburgh Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier wrote an article for the Players Tribune, in which he listed the top five toughest guys he has ever faced. Strangely enough, he listed C.J. Mosley as one of those five players. Below is what Shazier wrote about the former Alabama linebacker: “There are so many inside linebackers I admire: Sean Lee, Bobby Wagner, Dont’a Hightower, Luke Kuechly. But if I’m thinking about a guy who I really respect, it’s C.J. Mosley.We’ve been compared to one another since I was at OSU and he was at Alabama, and then we got drafted by the Steelers and Ravens...
Jul 20, 2017
Anquan Boldin visiting mystery team Sunday; could he return to the Ravens?

Anquan Boldin visiting mystery team Sunday; could he return to the Ravens?

Recently, Anquan Boldin mentioned his conversations with multiple teams about signing a contract. He told Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he has a visit scheduled for Sunday. He wouldn’t name the team he’s visiting. Could the mystery team be the Baltimore Ravens? Boldin wants to play for a contender, and the Ravens, though their record argues otherwise, look like contenders. Their re-loaded defense and big pick-ups in the offseason and NFL Draft are noteworthy. Also among reasons to sign Boldin, his dominating play years ago with Charm City. The Ravens have all the...
Jul 20, 2017
NFL Season Preview: NFC East

NFL Season Preview: NFC East

The NFC East division was one of the best in the NFL last season as the four teams combined to finish 15 games above .500. Dallas won the division with 13 wins and the Giants also earned a wildcard berth with 11. Since 2004, no club has repeated as the division champions and all four teams have made several postseason appearances. The cross conference contests against the rugged AFC West may prevent the division winner from receiving a postseason bye. Nevertheless, the East is a talented and competitive division that has a legitimate opportunity to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Final...
Jul 20, 2017
NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison makes one bold prediction for every AFC team: Joe Flacco leads AFC in passing yards

NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison makes one bold prediction for every AFC team: Joe Flacco leads AFC in passing yards

Is this prediction too bold? NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison wrote an article, in which he makes one bold prediction for every team in the AFC. His prediction for the Ravens may catch you off guard. Harrison predicts that Joe Flacco will lead the AFC in passing yards. Below is his reasoning for the lofty prediction: “I can hear you now: Uh ... to whom? The Ravens lost Kamar Aiken and Steve Smith, Sr., the latter of whom now works with me, and Dennis Pitta is also gone. But the thing is, at its zenith, the Ravens' ground game is mediocre (28th in the NFL last year). So Flacco's right arm will...
Jul 19, 2017
Projecting the 2017 Ravens sack distribution

Projecting the 2017 Ravens sack distribution

An expected improvement in the defense’s pass rush is one of the main reasons for optimism about the 2017 Baltimore Ravens. The front office added three athletic rookies to a deep front-seven rotation this offseason. They also stocked the secondary by acquiring two proven veterans as well as a first round cornerback, which should allow the Ravens to manufacture more ‘coverage’ sacks. After a fast start in 2016, the Ravens pass rush noticeably tapered off in the second half of the season. The club finished the regular season with 31 total sacks, tied for 24th best in the NFL....
Jul 18, 2017
Michael Oher defends former Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman

Michael Oher defends former Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman

Oher comes to the aid of his former boss. It's been four years since tackle Michael Oher suited up for the Baltimore Ravens, after spending his first five seasons with the team switching from left tackle to right tackle on a yearly basis. While Oher was overall solid and did everything the coaches asked him to do, some suggest he was never worthy of being the Ravens 23rd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Green Bay Packers selected Clay Matthews three picks after the Ravens selected Oher. Nevertheless, he helped anchor Baltimore's offensive line to four straight playoff appearances...
Jul 18, 2017
Pro Football Focus ranks the Ravens secondary as the seventh best in the NFL

Pro Football Focus ranks the Ravens secondary as the seventh best in the NFL

Pro Football Focus ranked the top secondaries in the NFL, an area where the Ravens have significantly improved over the offseason. Pro Football Focus recognized how good this secondary could be, and ranked it as the seventh best in the NFL. Here’s what the PFF analysis team said about the Ravens: “The strength of this secondary is at the safety position, starring Eric Weddle who was not only PFF’s top-graded safety in 2016, but at 93.8 was the highest graded player across the secondary and tied for fourth highest grade across the entire league’s defensive units. Weddle will pair...