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Just a few news, notes, thoughts and tidbits to think about as we head into the weekend and inch ever closer to the 2010 draft.




  • As of today it is still unclear if Ed Reed will be back next season or if he will retire. Reed himself stated back in February that the nerve impingement in his neck has gotten worse and that it has also affected his hip injury. Both Coach Harbaugh and Steve Bischotti have remained optimistic but of course the only one who really knows the answer is Reed. My gut feeling is that he will be in training camp for 2010 and how his body responds in the first pre-season games will give him some indication if he needs to step down or not. I think we all realize that he is a year to year player.


  • Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. thinks that the Ravens should select Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas in the first round. He feels that with Boldin’s injury history and physical style of play coupled with the question marks that surround Stallworth, Baltimore could use a young receiver to help bolster the offense. I think it is an interesting idea and even though the team has made some moves to sure up a position of need this off-season I am still of the mindset that the team should develop a young receiver to be paired with Joe Flacco so to the two can grow as a pair like Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.  Kiper also feels that Thomas’ experience in a run-oriented offense with the Yellow Jackets would be a perfect fit for the Ravens. “He comes in off a broken foot, he comes in from a run-oriented offense where it was basically throw the bubble screen, let him run and use that 6-3, 225-pound frame and all that speed or throw it up deep to him. That was it; throw it up or short pass.”


  • The Ravens announced some jersey number changes. With Anquan Boldin taking his No. 81, wide receiver Marcus Smith has switched to No. 11. Cory Redding, who was signed to fill Dwan Edwards’ defensive end spot, has assumed Edwards’ No. 93. The other changes, according to the Ravens’ Web site: reserve linebacker Willie VanDeSteeg (from No. 68 to No. 94), wide receiver Maurice Price (No. 16 to No. 17, which was David Tyree’s number) and wide receiver Chris Hannon (No. 80 to No. 15, which was Kelley Washington’s number).  I’ve already seen the Boldin jersey in Dick’s sporting goods for weeks so I figured this was a logical change.


  • It still remains a strong possibility that the Ravens will sign Shayne Graham, who is the best available kicker remaining in free agency. The kicker market got depleted recently when Jay Feely signed with the Arizona Cardinals and Neil Rackers joined the Houston Texans. I’m a little suprised that this move hasn’t already been made. I don’t feel comfortable handing the job to Billy Cundiff and I think the Ravens need a vet presence at the position if they intend a return to the playoffs.


  • From the Ravens Insider: Ravens center Matt Birk and running back Ray Rice are among 12 NFL players who will be cited at the NFL Players Gala in Washington on Wednesday, April 14, for their contributions to community and youth.For the seventh straight year, the NFLPA and NFL Players, its licensing and marketing branch, have joined James Brown of CBS Sports’ “The Today Show” to recognize players for their community commitment with JB Awards. The dinner will benefit Special Olympics DC. Matt Birk’s H.I.K.E. Foundation — named for hope, inspiration, knowledge and education has been around since 2002 and is set to launch a new program this Fall to encourage elementary school children to read. Rice has worked in his hometown of New Rochelle, N.Y., and in the Baltimore community since joining the Ravens. Among his contributions Rice participated in the 4th Annual Holiday Helpers shopping event as a personal shopper for 55 youth and and served Thanksgiving dinner to men at the Helping Up Mission homeless shelter in Baltimore in 2008. Always good to hear the positive that players do for their communities instead of sexual and drug scandals.

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One Response to “Ravens Friday Gab Bag”

  1. Conoon says:

    I would be heartbroken if Ed Reed didn’t return this season… with the high chances of a Super Bowl this year for the Ravens, it would be sad to not see Reed getting a ring with the team.

    Aside from that, Mel Kiper Jr. is an idiot. I don’t know why he’s a draft expert. I don’t listen to any of his opinions.

    Oh, and how come Matt Stover is not even in the discussion? Is he just too old? He’s much better than Cundiff…

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