Ravens Trying To Extend Tucker, Smith, Smith, Ngata


Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news for your consumption.  Today we have news that Ozzie Newsome is looking to extend some key players, two tight end sets, how minicamp was harder and more intense this year, and the 5 best moves of the offseason.

Jeff Zrebiec at the Baltimore Sun tells us that Newsome is hard at work trying to extend the contracts of Justin Tucker, Torrey Smith, Haloti Ngata, and Jimmy Smith.  It’s definitely a savvy move from one of the best GM’s in the league.  Tucker has emerged as one of the best kickers in the NFL, and every one of these guys is young save for Ngata, who could very well bounce back this year and increase his value exponentially.

Shehan Peiris at Bleacher Report discusses how the Raven’s quick rebuild proves Ozzie Newsome’s greatness. Newsome’s position as one of the very best GM’s in the game is no secret and he is highly respected among pretty much eveyrone.  His ability to strike team friendly deals with key players and make savvy moves in both the draft and free agency make him a huge asset to the team.

Dan Pompei at Bleacher Report reckons that the Ravens will run a lot of two tight end sets this year.  We have mentioned this before, and it seems quite obvious after they picked up Owen Daniels and drafted Crockett Gillmore in the offseason.  Kubiak is well known for running this formation a lot in the past, and they are going to lean more on the short to intermediate passing game.

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Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates after kicking a 61 yard field goal during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Baltimore Ravens defeated the Detroit Lions 18-16. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Canty made an appearance on the CBS Morning Show, revealing a few interesting things about himself including the fact that he is a bad golfer.  More relevant to Ravens fans was his take on minicamp being “harder and more intense” than last year. He also mentions that the team was paying more attention to detail, all of which is music to fan’s ears.

Jason Marcum at Bleacher Report is power ranking the Raven’s 5 best moves this offseason.  We’ve talked about each move in detail before, but it’s interesting to see Marcum include drafting Timmy Jernigan on the list.  We speculated on how he will adapt to a scheme change yesterday, but all signs point to him doing well so far.  I for one can’t wait to see how he looks once contact starts.

We analyzed how Lorenzo Taliaferro can be the Raven’s running back of the future, and now Chris Simms and Adam Lefkoe are discussing how he can emerge as the Raven’s answer at RB.

C.J. Mosley feels like he is ready to be a starter, and it sounds like the Ravens agree. The rookie linebacker has received rave reviews after camp and looks like he’s ready to make an impact in his first season.  If he seizes the starting job, Mosley has a good shot at challenging for defensive rookie of the year in an improved defense.

How do you feel about the Raven’s offseason moves?