Marc Sessler, NFL.com
The Ravens adjust to change as well as any team in the league. Good thing, too, because Baltimore has plenty of juggling to do. With a whopping 14 players set to hit free agency, general manager Ozzie Newsome is tasked with filling holes on defense and adding playmakers to an offense that sputtered last season. On that side of the ball, coordinator Jim Caldwell has been replaced by former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who will need more talent on the offensive line to make a real difference in 2014. One positive for Newsome: After living in salary-cap hell last offseason, the Ravens currently sit about $20 million under, giving this team ample room to maneuver.
Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
The event was a nice deviation for the Ravens after the negative attention on the team following the recent arrests of running back Ray Rice and wide receiver Deonte Thompson.
Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, were arrested on Feb 15 and charged with simple assault following a physical altercation at an Atlantic City casino.
Garrett Downing, BaltimoreRavens.com
Near the end of Michael Sam’s press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine, the defender from Missouri had a request for the public.
He wants the focus on football.
“I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player,” he said.
Sam is in the position to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, and almost all of the attention on him has focused on his sexuality rather than his football acumen.