Wake-up caw: Ravens news and opinions

April, 7, 2014
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Here's your wake-up caw for Monday:

News item: Quarterback Joe Flacco didn't say anything of significance in his first interview of the offseason. He reiterated that he didn't have to undergo surgery for his sprained left knee, which limited him in the final two games of last season. "It wasn't ideal, but my knee is feeling good," Flacco said. "I don't have any problems with it anymore."
My take: Flacco did make headlines in previous offseasons when he disagreed with the firing of quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn and the signing of backup quarterback Marc Bulger. But there isn't anything for him to be upset about after the Ravens upgraded the offensive line, wide receiver and tight end positions over the past four weeks.

News item: Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith announced his wife Chanel gave birth to their first child, Torrey Jeremiah Smith, on Friday evening.
My take: Congrats to Torrey Smith and his wife. Now, the next question is when he's going to announce a new contract. Smith is heading into the final year of his contract. The Ravens would like an extension done before the season, and it'll likely take a deal that averages over $8 million per season to get that done.

News item: Coach John Harbaugh has put his home on the market for $2.1 million.
My take: Harbaugh is looking to relocate, but not from Baltimore. His latest extension with the Ravens has him signed through the 2017 season.

News item: Could safety Jeromy Miles become the next Corey Graham? It was two years ago when Graham got a chance to prove himself at cornerback after being a Pro Bowl special-teams player.
My take: I wouldn't put Miles and Graham in the same category. Graham never got a real shot at playing on defense when he was with the Bears. The Bengals gave Miles every opportunity to win a starting job at safety, and he was unable to do it.

News item: Clifton Brown of Comcast SportsNet believes Flacco has more options than he did in 2013, when Smith was the only wide receiver with more than 50 catches.
My take: My prediction is Dennis Pitta leads the Ravens in catches, but Torrey Smith and Steve Smith finish with more yards.

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Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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