Aug 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) shakes hands with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) after the game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web. Today should mark the end of anyone complaining about Joe Flacco’s contract, as Panthers QB Cam Newton has a new deal that exceeds it in more ways than one. We also have the latest from OTAs, as the injury bug has stricken wide receiver Alrick Robinson.
Cam Newton deal makes it hard to criticize Joe Flacco’s contract – Jamison Hensley, ESPN
"In comparing the first three years of their deals, Newton will earn $67.6 million, which is $5.6 million more than Flacco ($62 million). Newton will also receive $60 million guaranteed, which exceeds Flacco by $9 million.The difference is Flacco earned his big-money deal. Before signing his six-year, $120.6 million contract in March 2013, he posted a 54-26 record (.675) and led the Ravens to five straight playoff seasons, which included an MVP performance in the Super Bowl. Newton has a losing record as a starter (30-31) and has managed one playoff victory."
Ravens wide receiver Aldrick Robinson suffers knee injury at practice Tuesday – Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun
"Ravens wide receiver Aldrick Robinson suffered a knee injury during an organized team activity practice Tuesday and was carted off the field, according to NFL sources.The initial prognosis on Robinson is a sprained knee, per a source.It was the second injury to a Ravens wide receiver this spring. Last week, Michael Campanaro (River Hill) suffered a partially-torn quadriceps and is sidelined until training camp."
Former Florida Gators Will Hill, Matt Elam battling for Ravens’ strong safety job – Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun
"Will Hill and Matt Elam are both making their case to win the Ravens’ strong safety job.That’s one of the tightest competitions for the Ravens as they try to determine which of the two former Florida Gators should line up opposite new starting free safety Kendrick Lewis.Both have lined up with the first-team defense during the Ravens’ organized team activities this spring."
Slimmed Lorenzo Taliaferro wants to shed label – Ryan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com
"“I just felt like I was getting a label as just a short-yardage guy,” he said. “I thought that if I lost a little bit of weight and got a little quicker, things would start to pan out and I would be labeled as an all-around back.”Entering his second season, Taliaferro will compete with fourth-round rookie Javorius “Buck” Allen for the backup job behind starter Justin ForsettTaliaferro shared the backup role with Bernard Pierce a year ago."
Justin Forsett even hungrier than last year – Ryan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com
"“The hunger that I have now is actually more than I had last year, believe it or not,” Forsett said.“Even in free agency, there were still a lot of doubters, still issues with size, speed and other stuff – even after I’ve shown throughout my whole career that when I get an opportunity I’ve been able to do well. I’m always going to have that fire, always going to have that chip on my shoulder.”"
Ravens banking on Steve Smith to produce – John Eisenberg, BaltimoreRavens.com
"A year later, the Ravens are hoping for more of the same from Smith in 2015. In fact, they aren’t just hoping – they’re counting on it.Other than Smith, they’re going with young wide receivers who don’t have nearly the same kind of track record. The Ravens really like Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken,Michael Campanaro and rookie Breshad Perriman, but between them, they’ve totaled 104 receptions for 1,148 yards in the NFL. That’s 103 more yards than Smith recorded last season."
Ravens pleased they snagged rookie cornerback Tray Walker – Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun
"“He’s a guy that we had targeted,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who praised general manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta. “We really hoped to get him in the draft. He’s a guy that we wanted to get in the mid-rounds. We were looking to try to draft him, and we were able to do it.“We know for a fact that he would have been gone with our next pick in the fifth round. He was going to be taken early in the fifth round, so we got him right in the right spot – great kudos to Eric and Ozzie for getting that done – and we’re pleased to have him.”"
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