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Ryan Mink of Ravens.com summed it up as well as anybody could right now---
This is Joe Flacco's Baltimore Ravens...
Organized Team Activities (OTAs) start Tuesday for the Ravens, the next step in preparation for the 2013 season.
Thus far, the players have participated in very limited “football school” sessions. Now OTAs will turn things up a notch.
While OTAs are still voluntary, they often draw more veteran players.
They are still not full padded practices, but players do wear helmets. Contact is allowed, but not full tackling. Players still cannot compete against each other in 1-on-1 battles, such as a cornerback versus a wide receiver. Practices can run for two hours.
Here are five storylines to watch during OTAs:
Joe Flacco's time
The Ravens’ franchise quarterback was at the Under Armour Performance Center last week and said in April that he plans to be on hand for offseason workouts. He came to OTAs last year.
It would be his first time with his teammates without the Ravens’ old guard, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, on the roster. So it’s Flacco’s first real chance to take a tight grip on this team. Knowing Flacco, not much will change in his demeanor. But it will be interesting to see how other players act around the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
It’s also a key time for Flacco to gel with some of his young receivers (Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams, David Reed, Deonte Thompson, Aaron Mellette, Tommy Streeter) in the hopes of finding someone to step up in place of departed Anquan Boldin.
Rookies practice with vets
The rookies already got a taste of what practicing with the veterans is like last week during football school. But those practices aren’t quite as intense as OTAs, and don’t often include as many veterans. One of the intriguing pairings will be rookie fullback Kyle Juszczyk and veteran Vonta Leach, who could be battling for the same position.
Which wide receiver emerges?
All of the competitors in the wide receiver competition should be present considering they were on hand for voluntary football school. Doss, Williams, Reed, Thompson, Mellette, and Streeter are looking to show something and start to pull away for the third receiver spot behind Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. Every practice will be important for them to make an impression, especially while they’re all healthy and able.
Center battles takes center stage
One of the more interesting battles this offseason will be the one for starting center. Second-year player Gino Gradkowski was written in earlier this season, but the trade for A.Q. Shipley adds competition. Shipley said coaches will give him a chance to earn the starting gig. Both players are gritty, hard workers who will put it all on the line.
Back to work, shaking off any hangover
The storyline for every Super Bowl winner is whether they will have a hangover into next season. Ravens players have consistently said they don’t expect that with this team under workmanlike Head Coach John Harbaugh. Reporters will get a look at this team’s demeanor.
I like the challenge and the tension in this year's Ravens camp. It's fun to observe the pressure on winning teams. I don't know why--- but I appreciate the angst about the absolute improbability of repeating as league champions. It makes for dramatic entertainment value... and it affects every single player on the roster.
BEST OF MAXIM
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has signed an agreement not to use the "R" word. More specifically, Flacco has pledged not to use the word "retarded." This comes after he was grilled in February for using the term when sharing what he thought of the idea of playing a Super Bowl in New Jersey. To his credit, he quickly apologized the next day.Now, the...
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is still trying to make amends for one heck of a PR flap that he made prior to the Super Bowl. During one of the media sessions he referred to the idea of playing the Super Bowl in a cold-weather climate as 'retarded.'
Flacco got ripped for using the word like he did, and righteously so. It's one of those words that many...
No, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice did not win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, because the Preakness is a horse race, of course. However, Rice did have some fun with Photoshop and posted a picture on his Facebook account to give fans a glimpse of what the race might have looked like if he was in it.
Ray Rice / Facebook
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Ray Rice's suburban Baltimore home was burglarized late Friday, according to the Baltimore County police.The burglar made off with $2,000 and two guns.
According to the Baltimore Sun, two guns and some cash was stolen from the home of Ravens running back Ray Rice in Reisterstown, Maryland.
Cpl. Cathleen Batton, a police spokeswoman, said the break-in occurred some time between 8:30 p.m. Friday and 12:50 a.m. Saturday, and was reported to police about 1:20 a.m. Rice was not home at the time, Batton said.
Rice declined to be interviewed...
According to a person close to this situation, it seems that former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is in talks for a reality show.Ray Lewis has been retired 3 months now, but he's still making news. The future hall of fame linebacker is in talks for a reality show. He will be following in the footsteps of Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner and a couple other football players/personalities...
After being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Torrey Smith wasted no time in becoming a major part of the offense. In just two seasons, he has already racked up nearly 1700 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. With those two years under his belt and a potentially increased role on the horizon, just how valuable will he be for the 2013 fantasy football...
The home of Baltimore Raven’s running back Ray Rice was burglarized over the weekend. The burglar got away with $2000 and some guns according to police.
Cpl. Cathleen Batton, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County police said the burglary happened sometime between 8:30 p.m Friday and 12:50 a.m. on Saturday.
Batton said that Rice was not at the home or in town when...
Ray Rice did.
Rice posted the above picture on his Facebook page on Sunday with the caption: “y’all catch the Preakness yesterday?”
Hilarious. His photo had over 11,000 likes and nearly two thousand shares on Facebook at the time this was posted.
If you’re wondering whether a football player can actually beat a horse in a race, I present you with this.
BREAKING AND ENTERING
Baltimore County police say the Reisterstown home of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was burglarized over the weekend, with cash and guns reported stolen.
A lot of Baltimore fans criticized the Ravens' front office for allowing Ed Reed to walk off into free agency...
But consider these recent developments:
The Houston Texans are just a couple of months into their association with Ed Reed, and they’re already not quite sure what is up with the Ravens’ former safety.
Everything was great when they signed him to a...
Baltimore Ravens Champ Ray Rice had his home burglarized over the weekend. Rice and his family were away from their Maryland home but a friend was staying there. Surveillance video shows an intruder creeping through a back window to ransack the house between 8:30 AM Friday and 12:50 Saturday morning. According to police, $2,000 and two guns were taken from the home.