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Ravens WR Marlon Brown has a 'tough minicamp'
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6:31pm

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It was a tough minicamp for Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown, who was turning heads last year at this time as an undrafted rookie. He dropped too many passes throughout the week and some were uncontested.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown had a nice rookie season and would be a sleeper this year if not for the arrival of Steve L Smith. If he continues to struggle in training camp, he will lose snaps to Jacoby Jones, who has caught the ball pretty well since joining the Ravens.

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Ravens 'not aware' of any timetable for Ray Rice suspension
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6:26pm

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The Ravens are still awaiting word on the status of running back Ray Rice following his meeting this week with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

When asked if he was aware of when the league would issue a ruling on potential discipline for Rice, Ravens head coach Harbaugh replied: "Not to my knowledge. I'm not aware of any timetable on that at all."

Rice is expected to be punished by Goodell under the league's personal conduct policy after being arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault in February at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. Rice was arrested after a physical altercation with then-fiancee Janay Palmer, who he married after being indicted.

Rice is facing a potential multi-game suspension and fines.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice is expected to face a multi-game suspension. Its length will have a big impact on his value heading into fantasy drafts this summer.

Dennis Pitta says his hip is '100 percent'
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:40pm

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Now, nearly 11 months after Ravens TE Dennis Pitta had surgery to repair a dislocated, fractured right hip, he is armed with a new contract and said that his hip “feels great” and he is back to full health.

“It’s nothing I even think about when I’m at practice,” Pitta said Tuesday. “That’s a good sign. I feel like I’m at 100 percent and able to run and do what I need to do.”

Pitta also said his explosiveness has returned, which “was a process.” Pitta returned for the final four games of 2013, and caught 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.

Throughout the spring, Pitta has lined up all over the offense. He's seen time split out wide, and also flanking the quarterback in the backfield. Pitta said his role may increase more, but he’s trying to get the base offense down during the spring before he can get in a position to be moved around the field even more.

Fantasy Impact:

Pitta missed most of 2013 due to a hip injury and he was sorely missed in the Ravens’ passing game. Upon his return, he saw 33 targets in four games, putting him on pace to finish with the 3rd-most targets in the league. It’s not a solid sample size, but it’s still an indicator of what may come. (He finished with the 12th-most targets in 2012.) The big plus for Pitta heading into 2014 is the arrival of new OC Gary Kubiak who has been very TE-friendly throughout his career, specifically with the development of both Shannon Sharpe in Denver and Owen Daniels in Houston.

Ravens believe that Joe Flacco is a good fit for new offense
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:29am

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Throughout the entire offseason, the Baltimore Ravens have talked about how they believe quarterback Joe Flacco will succeed in Gary Kubiak's offense.

"It’s a timing offense, and to me Joe is really built for that," coach John Harbaugh said.

In Kubiak's new system, Flacco will likely be asked to get the ball out quicker than previous years. Kubiak is teaching Flacco to throw the ball when he hits the ball of his foot on the three-step drop. The West Coast offense is predicated on rhythm and quick releases.

Fantasy Impact:

Losing Anquan Boldin to free agency and Dennis Pitta to injury certainly hurt Flacco, who finished #19 after three straight top 14 finishes. Pitta is back, but Boldin is still gone, though the team acquired Steve L Smith to replace him. Expect more low-end QB2 numbers given all the depth at QB.

Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:51pm

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Ravens RB Ray Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today at the league’s New York headquarters, one of the final steps for the embattled running back in dealing with his February offseason arrest before the start of the 2014 football season.

Two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the meeting, which has been expected as Rice faces discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy stemming from an aggravated assault charge for allegedly striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, during an altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.

It’s unclear how quickly Goodell will rule on Rice’s suspension. He traditionally meets with any player facing discipline before making a decision, which is the reason Rice was in New York today.

The expectation is that Rice, who previously had a clean record, will get a multi-game suspension. The Ravens prepared for his expected early-season absence by signing veteran running back Justin Forsett and drafting back Lorenzo Taliaferro in the fourth round of this year's NFL draft. Bernard Pierce, Rice’s backup the past two seasons, is also slightly ahead of schedule in his return from offseason shoulder surgery, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

Joe Flacco looked 'much more comfortable' in recent OTA
Monday, June 16, 2014, 10:42am

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According to multiple accounts, Ravens QB Joe Flacco looked much more comfortable in last week's OTAs than in the previous two, and there were fewer balls hitting the ground or winding up in the hands of a defender.

Fantasy Impact:

Losing Anquan Boldin to free agency and Dennis Pitta to injury certainly hurt Flacco, who finished #19 after three straight top 14 finishes. Pitta is back, but Boldin is still gone, though the team acquired Steve L Smith to replace him. Expect more low-end QB2 numbers given all the depth at QB.

Torrey Smith may not see as many deep balls in 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014, 10:38am

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Ravens OC Gary Kubiak is known for not taking as many deep shots. In the past four seasons, Baltimore ranked second in air yards per pass attempt, which reflects how far the ball travels past the line of scrimmage to its target on average. In Houston, Kubiak's offenses were 27th in that category during the same period. If this trend continues under Kubiak, the Ravens could look to getting the ball quicker to Torrey Smith.

Fantasy Impact:

The article discusses Smith's reputation as a "one-trick pony" and how Kubiak's arrival might impact how many deep balls he sees in 2014. Smith was the #16 WR through 13 weeks, but petered out down the stretch with just 11 catches (for 176 yards and no TDs) in his final four games. He still posted career highs in catches (65) and yards (1,128), while his touchdowns (4) were a career low. He should bounce back in that category under new OC Gary Kubiak. The return of TE Dennis Pitta should also help loosen up the coverage, though Pitta’s return coincided with Smith’s swoon at the end of the season.

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 2:19pm

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n new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s offense, FB Kyle Juszczyk will be a Swiss Army knife. He’ll line up all over the field from out wide, to on the end of the line and in the backfield. He’ll catch passes and lead block too.

After catching zero passes as a rookie last season, Juszczyk could have a big season in 2014.

“Coach Kubiak has said in our meetings that he could see me catching 40 or 50 balls this year, which would be a great start,” Juszczyk said. “I wouldn’t mind that one bit.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 7:22pm

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Ravens WR Steve L Smith was the star of Tuesday's practice. It was impossible to cover him on slants over the middle, which should become a staple of the offense. When defenders were able to stick with Smith, like the time Asa Jackson was draped on him, the 35-year-old still made the catch in the end zone. Smith likes to spin the ball after every big catch in practice. On Tuesday, the ball was spinning a lot.

If suspended, Ray Rice will get a chance to win RB1 job
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:35pm

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Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley was asked -- Can you envision a scenario where Bernard Pierce takes the opportunity to be the starter for 2, 3, 4 games and runs away with the job, or will it be Rice's when he comes back in all likelihood?

"Rice will get a chance to take back the starting job when he gets back. (HC John) Harbaugh likes sticking with the hot hand, but Rice has earned the right to get first crack at the No. 1 job because of his track record."

Fantasy Impact:

At just 26 years old, it was surprising to see Rice's production fall off the way it did, but he was dealing with hip and quad injuries throughout the season. He was also coming off of a Super Bowl run the previous year, which likely wore him down. GM Ozzie Newsome said he expects Rice to return to Pro Bowl form, but HC John Harbaugh said after the season that the team could take more of a committee approach at running back, which would limit Rice's upside. Rice has shown 'good burst' in practice and it appears he is still the RB1 even if he's suspended.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:32pm

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Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley was asked -- Who will get more game reps, Marlon Brown or Jacoby Jones?

"It should be about equal because both bring different skill set. Jones has an edge because he's familiar with Gary Kubiak's offense. Brown is going to see more time in the red zone."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 11:53am

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Ravens DC Dean Pees is trusting his eyes.

“I really do believe that we’ve gotten faster,” he said. “It sure looks like it, anyhow. I’m really hopeful of that. I think it’s going to show that it’s true.”

Over the past two years, the Ravens have replaced many of their aging defensive players with younger, faster ones. They drafted three defensive players with their top three picks, and all of them are known for their speed or explosiveness.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7:33pm

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“We tried to run a zone (blocking) scheme last year,” Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said Tuesday. “But (OC Gary) Kubiak is that guy. It looks a lot better (this year) than last year. He’s done it all before. He knows what it’s supposed to look like.”

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:29pm

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Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak said it’s evident that Joe Flacco put in the work with the playbook before Ravens organized team activities (OTAs) began. Kubiak’s said his signal caller is “ahead of the curve.”

“I think he worked his tail off when he was away from me,” Kubiak said after Tuesday’s practice.

“When it was time to go to work, when we could get our hands on him and do those type of things, it was obvious when he came in how hard he had worked and he knew what he was doing. He’s way ahead of the guys from that standpoint.”

Ray Rice showing 'good burst' in practice
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:27pm

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Ravens RB Ray Rice had an impressive day on the field. He made a one-handed snag at one point, and had several plays where he showed a good burst out of the backfield. He took a pitch during an 11-on-11 drill and beat everybody to the edge to get upfield. He seems to have regained the speed that was lacking because of a hip injury last season.

Fantasy Impact:

At just 26 years old, it was surprising to see Rice's production fall off the way it did, but he was dealing with hip and quad injuries throughout the season. He was also coming off of a Super Bowl run the previous year, which likely wore him down. GM Ozzie Newsome said he expects Rice to return to Pro Bowl form, but HC John Harbaugh said after the season that the team could take more of a committee approach at running back, which would limit Rice's upside. Rice is facing suspension for his offseason incident in Atlantic City. Stay tuned.