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Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of the upcoming campaign, Pierce (shoulder) is in line to temporarily take over the Ravens' starting RB role early on, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Pierce, who is coming off offseason shoulder surgery, is expected to be a go for training camp and assuming his health, he is in a position to fill in for Rice for the first couple of weeks of the 2014 season. Veteran back Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro are also candidates for expanded duties out of the gate, but for the time being it looks like those who draft Pierce should get at least a couple of starts out of him. While Rice figures to be given the opportunity to reclaim his starting job upon his return, a strong effort on Pierce's part in his stead could lead to Pierce remaining a key cog in the Ravens' ground game beyond Week 2.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence. Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Impact: The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged. Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franks, who signed with the Ravens in June to add depth at cornerback, failed his conditioning test Thursday as Baltimore opened camp, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Franks will be cleared to practice once he passes the conditioning test. While failing the conditioning test is not an end-all-be-all for a player's future with a team, reporting to camp out of shape is a red flag. Franks and fellow veteran Aaron Ross were brought on to compete for the Ravens' nickel cornerback spot in June. With Ross going down with an Achilles injury Thursday, Franks will have one less player to beat out for a roster spot.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ross suffered a torn Achilles' while running a conditioning test, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Ross had been brought in by the Ravens to compete for the team's nickleback role, with his injury thus representing a hit to the team's secondary depth.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice will be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season as a result of his Feb. 15 aggravated assault charge, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: After Rice and his wife met with commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, the league decided a two-game banishment was appropriate given the contrition the running back had shown since an altercation with his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino. With Rice out of the picture for the first two weeks of the regular season, the Ravens will attempt to get by with either Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett or rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro as their primary runner. However, given Rice's tenure in the Ravens backfield, look for him to reclaim the starting job after he's completed his suspension.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce, who underwent offseason rotator cuff surgery, indicated that he is fully cleared medically, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Moreover, the report indicates that Pierce (who is officially listed by the Ravens at 230 pounds) said that his weight is presently down to 223 pounds. Now healthy and slimmed down, Pierce could be in line for an expanded role early on, with teammate Ray Rice potentially facing discipline from the NFL.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cody (hip) was placed on the physically unable to perform list Friday, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Cody is still recovering from offseason hip surgery, but could return as early as the beginning of training camp. The former second-round pick is currently on a one-year deal with the Ravens after four underwhelming seasons, three of which have seen him start three or fewer games. Cody hopes to participate in training camp, and will need to prove something between camp and the preseason if he wants to make the team.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson will have to battle for a roster spot, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Browns are all locks to make the roster, and will likely occupy the top four spots on the depth chart. That leaves a host of wideouts to compete for just one or two roster spots, with Thompson's chief competitors including Michael Campanaro, LaQuan Williams and Kamar Aiken. Thompson may have an advantage due to his blazing speed and ability to return kicks, but the Ravens likely plan on using Jacoby Jones as the primary return man for both punts and kickoffs.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown is competing with rookie first-round draft pick C.J. Mosley for the starting job at weak-side inside linebacker, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Brown, a 2013 second-round selection and excellent athlete in his own right, is viewed as the underdog in this talent-laden position battle. The Ravens expect both Mosley and Brown to play significant roles in the defense this season, but the same goes for Daryl Smith, who is locked in as the starting inside linebacker on the strong side. While it may be the case that all three players are good enough to start, there are only two starting spots and only so many tackles to go around. It's hard to imagine all three of the group emerging as IDP assets, and Brown is the least likely to start.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mosley is competing with Arthur Brown for the starting job at weak-side inside linebacker, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: As one of the better inside linebacker prospects over the last few years, Mosley was widely viewed as a Day 1 starter heading into the draft. Unfortunately for owners targeting the former Alabama stud in IDP leagues, he landed with a Baltimore team that has plenty of competition at his position. Daryl Smith, who was re-signed to a four-year, $16 million contract in the offseason, is viewed as a lock to start at strong-side inside linebacker. That leaves Mosley to compete for the starting spot on the weak side against Arthur Brown, a 2013 second-round pick who has excellent physical tools. Having said that, the Ravens picked Mosley 17th overall for a reason, and he'll very likely have a major role in the defense, even if he isn't the nominal starter. In all likelihood, he'll win the starting job, leaving Brown as the linebacker who works in a significant role off the bench.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Smith became the fifth player on the team to be arrested during the offseason after he received a criminal citation Saturday night for failing to follow an officer's orders. The incident occurred after Baltimore County police were called to a Towson restaurant because a woman had reportedly passed out in the bathroom.
Impact: Police arrived and found the woman vomiting into a sink in the bathroom. Police say Smith was with her and refused to obey an officer's repeated orders to leave the bathroom. Smith, 25, was cited late Saturday at a police precinct in Towson and then released. A Ravens spokesman said Sunday that the team is "gathering information" on the incident.