The Wake-up Call, which has become the traditional morning links post for the AFC North blog, is taking a new name with the launch of the team blogs. The Baltimore Ravens' links will now be featured in "Wake-up Caw." If you have a better idea for a name, please let me know. But this is what we're going with for the Ravens. Now, here's your Wake-up Caw ...
There is a giant Joe Flacco banner that currently hangs outside Sports Authority Field in Denver, which is beginning to irk Broncos fans and players. The Ravens open the season at Denver on Sept. 5. "It doesn't seem like it makes sense that the Denver Broncos have to have an opposing player on their stadium," Peyton Manning said, via KOA-AM 850 in Denver.
One starting defensive lineman returned and another one remained out. Haloti Ngata was back after missing the past two days for a family issue, and Arthur Jones missed practice for the third day in a row as he deals with a personal medical issue. "Art had an issue, it's not football-related,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. “I'm going to leave it to Art to explain what it was. It's more of a personal health thing that's not serious."
The team's official website asks: How many wide receivers will the Ravens keep? The team has kept six the past two seasons. Right now, there are eight receivers on the roster: Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Brandon Stokley, Marlon Brown, Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams, Tandon Doss and Aaron Mellette.
The progression of Flacco's audible skills, per The Baltimore Sun.
Here's a list of items that do and don't need to happen leading up to the season opener in Denver, according to BaltimoreRavens.com's John Eisenberg.
The Press Box spotlights eight players on the bubble to watch in the preseason finale.
Here's the team preview from the Associated Press.
In just five series against Carolina last week, Baltimore’s first-team defense had two sacks and six additional quarterback hurries, meaning Cam Newton was either pressured or sacked on nearly half of his 17 dropbacks. “We’ve got a lot of talent out there,” outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw told The Carroll County Times. “And as a whole, this defense is capable of picking up a lot of sacks and getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback.”