Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) kicks a field goal as Ravens punter Sam Koch (4) holds the ball during the third quarter against the New England Patriots in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web. Turns out Justin Tucker isn’t happy with yesterday’s rule changes regarding extra points, though it likely won’t affect him. Will Hill is bracing for a change too, but he’s a little more excited about this one, mainly because he can hit people more.
Ray Lewis to release memoir in October – Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun
"The retired Super Bowl champion Ravens linebacker and ESPN analyst announced Monday that he will release the book, titled “I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game, and Glory,” in October. It is co-written by Daniel Paisner and will be published by Simon & Schuster Publishing."
Ravens’ Breshad Perriman a wild card pick for rookie of the year – Jamison Hensley, ESPN
"Kevin Weidl of Scouts Inc. named Perriman among his top five candidates to win the award, describing him as a “wild-card pick.” It’s surprising that Perriman got this recognition over the likes of receivers Amari Cooper, Kevin White and DeVante Parker, all of whom were drafted higher in the first round."
For Ravens, change in NFL’s extra point rules likely won’t hurt – Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun
"In three NFL seasons, former Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in league history, has not missed an extra point in 110 career attempts."
Ravens’ Justin Tucker isn’t a fan of longer extra points – Jamison Hensley, ESPN
"“I think the idea is to add excitement to every single play, but really what it does is make every kicker’s job a little bit harder,” Tucker told the team’s website. “We play in the AFC North and we play almost every single game outside. This is a tough division to play football in in general. It takes maybe a little bit more mental toughness than playing in a dome 10 games a year.”"
Will Hill looks forward to hitting people at strong safety – Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun
"After the Ravens acquired former Houston Texans starter Kendrick Lewis as their new free safety, Hill is expected to shift to strong safety this season. He should be more involved in tackling because of his proximity to the line of scrimmage.“I just get to hit people,” Hill said. “That’s what I like to do.”"
How will Za’Darius Smith fit? – Kyle Casey, Russell Street Report
"During games, Smith shows a lack of explosiveness. Overall, however, he displayed enough qualities to show that he can contribute in some fashion in the NFL.While many have compared him to McPhee, Smith also has shown similarities to Courtney Upshaw, which may have contributed to Baltimore’s interest in him. Like Upshaw, Smith can be an edge-setting run defender. He can position himself outside the tackles to seal off outside run lanes."
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