A week before the draft I was leaving an annual sports and law symposium at the prestigious University of Baltimore Law School when I was approached by one of the suited men in attendance. Turns out he owns a large ticket brokerage here and all he wanted to talk about was Lamar Jackson. "Please tell me the Ravens aren't just going to draft another tackle," he pleaded, almost begged. "I need Lamar Jackson. This market is dying for Lamar Jackson. There might not be a ticket market here without him."
Undrafted. Five-foot-eight. Hailing from Division II Chadron State. Danny Woodhead was the NFL's real-life version of Rudy. After 10 years in the league, the running back announced his retirement on Friday.
No team had a worse first week of training camp than the Baltimore Ravens. From a season-ending injury to the team's most talented running back (Kenneth Dixon) to injury clusters at tight end and cornerback to a second early retirement of the offseason (center John Urschel, who exits stage six months after LB Zach Orr), the Ravens have already hit Bad Camp News Bingo. But Joe Flacco's back injury is what should be keeping coach John Harbaugh's staff up at night.
Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. said he's "89 percent sure" -- a nod to his uniform number -- that he's retiring after Sunday's game, ending a 16-year NFL career.
Veteran running back Justin Forsett's departure from the Baltimore Ravens didn't last. After being cut Saturday by the team, he re-signed with the team on Monday.
The Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints will open up Week 1 of the preseason against each other, facing off for the third time in the last year.
A judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator last year. Judge Michael Donio signed the order after the Atlantic County prosecutor told him the former Baltimore Ravens running back had completed the terms of his pretrial intervention.
NFL Football Recap: Final statistics from the Cleveland vs. Baltimore game played on December 28, 2014