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Chris Trapasso, Bleacher Report
Though Pitta made a full recovery from the hip injury, the Ravenscould view his shortened season as either a red flag for the future in which they’d be investing or an opportunity to leverage a less expensive deal for the soon-to-be 29-year-old.
Garrett Downing, BaltimoreRavens.com
Elam, 22, declared for the NFL draft early after spending three years at Florida. He knew he was likely to be a first-round pick, and the Ravens ended up taking him with the No. 32 overall selection.
When Elam made the decision to leave school early, he made a promise to his mother that he would still finish his degree. He is about 20 credits shy of a bachelor’s degree, and he plans to take spring courses at Florida the next two years to complete the program.
Jamison Hensley, ESPN
So, when a free safety makes some news, it’s going to generate interest with Ravens fans. Case in point: emails and tweets starting coming in after former Green Bay Packers Nick Collins told ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky that he was “optimistic” about a comeback.
Collins hasn’t played since he sustained a neck injury in Week 2 of the 2011 season and has been out of football since being released in April 2012. While bringing in a former three-time Pro Bowl defender is intriguing, no one knows what a nearly three-year absence from the game has done to him. The Ravens wouldn’t sign him as a starter because of that. If he’s willing to come cheap and earn a job, that’s a different story.
Jeremy Fowler, CBS Sports
The NFL could learn from Mizzou, which treated Michael Sam like a teammate and not a story after learning of his homosexuality.
Sam told the Tigers in August. Mizzou not only played the entire season without leaking Sam’s preference to the media; It supported him, made him a team MVP and watched him sack the quarterback 11.5 times.
I for one hope this doesn’t hurt his draft stock but I could see why it would. Missouri had no issues with Sam so why should NFL teams and executives?
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