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Wake-up caw: Your Ray Rice-free zone

2/20/2014

It may be difficult to believe, but there are issues with the Baltimore Ravens that don't involve Ray Rice. Here's your roundup on all topics not related to the running back ...

Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, the soon-to-be free agent, told The Carroll County Times that "discussions have been made" between the Ravens and his agent. "I’m a Raven right now until I’m not anymore,” Monroe said. “And at this point, we’re working out a deal that can make that continue to be the case. And if that happens, that’s awesome. I’ve spoken before about how I like it here, so working out a deal here would be great. … But I’m not really expecting either way. This is business, and it’s going to be handled with care as sensitive as it is. The Ravens have expressed that they want me here. And obviously by contacting my agent, they’re getting things started. But we’ll see how it goes.”

The Ravens need to find a playmaker who can extend drives. According to Comcast SportsNet, 27 percent of the Ravens’ drives were three-and-outs. Only the Rams, Giants, Jets, and Jaguars had a higher percentage.

It's a good draft for a Ravens team in need of a playmaker on the outside. "This is the best wide receiver draft I've seen in years," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock told The Baltimore Sun.

This is general manager Ozzie Newsome's comments after the Ravens lost the coin flip to the Dallas Cowboys for the No. 16 overall pick. The Ravens will have the 17th pick. The video is courtesy of the team's official website.

Here are the storylines for the NFL combine, according to the team's website.