Wake-up caw: Ravens news and reaction
May, 27, 2014
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
A look at what happened with the Baltimore Ravens during my personal bye week:
- News: Running back Ray Rice on Friday said he "failed miserably," his first public comments since being arrested after a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancée Janay Palmer. He was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that will result in the dismissal of his assault charge if he completes the program. Reaction: While Rice didn't take any questions from reporters, he still has to answer to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Once that meeting takes place, the league will announce how it will discipline Rice under the personal conduct policy. Rice is likely facing a suspension, and my guess is it'll be two to four games.
- News: The Ravens and M&T Bank announced they reached a 10-year, $60 million extension on the naming rights of Baltimore's football stadium. The original deal began in 2003 and was set to expire in 2017. Reaction: I've never been a fan of putting a corporate name to sporting venues. The names usually change so often that you can't remember what they're called. But, in this instance, the Ravens have secured M&T Bank through the final year of the Ravens' stadium lease.
- News: Guard Will Rackley, a 2011 third-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, was signed by the Ravens. Rackley was cut by the Jaguars in March. Reaction: This gives the Ravens another option on the offensive line. If Rackley impresses, he could start at left guard and Kelechi Osemele can move to right tackle. The good news is Rackley has experience starting next to left tackle Eugene Monroe during their days in Jacksonville. The bad news is Rackley was one of the lowest-graded guards last season by Pro Football Focus.
- News: Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta had tight end Eric Ebron atop his wish list for the Ravens with the No. 17 overall pick in this year's draft. Ebron was drafted by the Detroit Lions at No. 10. Reaction: Ebron is the type of playmaking talent that would've helped the NFL's fourth-worst offense. Tight end wasn't a pressing need after the Ravens re-signed Dennis Pitta and added Owen Daniels. But neither has the same athleticism as Ebron. The Ravens can thank former offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell for spoiling that.