The Daily Caw: Did the Ravens Regress This Offseason?


Oct 12, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata (92) rushes as Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins (70) blocks during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web.  Today we question whether the Ravens have gotten better or worse this offseason, make some early training camp position battle predictions, and break down some interesting details regarding Kyle Arrington’s contract.

Assessing team’s progress this offseason: the Ravens regressed?Dan Hope, Bleacher Report

"Sticking with their usual gameplan, the Ravens used the draft to replenish at the positions where they lost talent. First-round pick Breshad Perriman’s blazing speed makes him a natural fit to replace Smith as a deep target, second-round pick Maxx Williams is a skilled receiver who could quickly become an upgrade over Owen Daniels and third-round pick Carl Davis has the potential to provide similar versatility to that which Ngata did.That said, each of those players will likely need time to develop before they are able to make the same impacts their predecessors did, and the Ravens did not add any veterans this offseason who are likely to be difference-makers."

John Harbaugh in favor of extra point rule changeGarrett Downing,

"“It is going to encourage more two-point conversion tries,” Harbaugh said. “There’s no question about it, especially in weather, windy stadiums, later in the year maybe when it means the most.“I know one thing, we’re going to spend more time defending two-point conversions and practicing two-point conversions because it’s just going to be a bigger part of the game.”"

Early predictions for Ravens training camp battlesJason Marcum, Bleacher Report

"The start of training camp is just two months away now.That’s when the pads are back on and full-contact practices return. Until then, teams are conducting organized team activities to keep players fresh while getting rookies acclimated to the NFL.The Baltimore Ravens have several roster battles ensuing that won’t be decided until camp opens. More than likely, these battles won’t be won until preseason games are played, as well."

Ravens remain one of the worst dressed teams in NFLJamison Hensley, ESPN

"The Baltimore Ravens have been one of the winningest NFL franchises over the last decade, but they apparently don’t look very good while doing it.According to ESPN’s Uni Watch rankings, the Ravens remain one of the worst-dressed teams in the NFL, coming in at No. 23 out of 32 teams."

Ravens rank 158th in ESPN salary surveyJamison Hensley, ESPN

"The Baltimore Ravens rank 158th out of 333 international teams surveyed in an ESPN/Sporting intelligence report revealing the sports franchises that spend the most on their players. The Ravens dropped six spots from last year’s salary survey.To put this in perspective, all NFL teams ended up clumped between Nos. 124 and 176. The Miami Dolphins have the highest average salary at $2.3 million and the New York Jets have the lowest at $1.7 million."

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