This week for the Baltimore Ravens was highlighted by the team hosting their annual mandatory minicamp, a stepping stone three-day practice between OTAs and training camp later this summer. Baltimore had a very successful week in and outside of minicamp. They were able to sign a much needed new receiver and found themselves bringing a veteran player back to the practice field. We also took a look at some storylines from this offseason, as well as predicted Joe Flacco’s performance next season. Now without further ado, here is this week’s edition of the Ravens Weekly Roundup.
Monday, June 12, 2017 – Baltimore Signs Free Agent Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin (Article)
On Monday, Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens’ front office made fans everywhere happy when they agreed to terms with Jeremy Maclin, the big time free agent. Maclin had visited the Ravens the previous week, after meeting with the Bills, and was also being recruited by other teams. Ultimately for Maclin, the decision came down to which team he was most comfortable with. Baltimore has a history of winning and will give Maclin the best opportunity to win a championship. His wife is also from the area, so the move to Baltimore made her very happy. Also, Maclin apparently loves crab cakes, and where better to eat them than in Baltimore? The deal is reportedly 2 years for $11 million. By bringing in Maclin, the Ravens have now expanded their receiver corps drastically for Joe Flacco and the offense.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – Tight End Ben Watson Returns to the Practice Field (Article)
Veteran tight end Ben Watson stepped on the practice field for the first time since last year on Tuesday. Watson had been signed to the Ravens from the Saints in 2016 to be a leader of the tight ends group. However, this plan was derailed when Watson tore his Achilles during a preseason game last year. Watson was then held off the field for the remainder of the season. There was a bit of speculation to whether or not Watson would remain on the team, as tight end Dennis Pitta had outperformed expectations in 2016, and would seemingly lead the tight ends unit going forward. However, Pitta dislocated his hip for a third time during OTAs, and it became apparent that Watson was needed.
This week, the Ravens held their three-day mandatory minicamp. We took a look at three storylines from both minicamp and the rest of the offseason practices so far, in this article. We also took a look at why this year will be Joe Flacco’s best year of his career yet, in this article.
That’s all for this week’s edition of the Ravens Weekly Roundup, check in every Sunday at 1 PM Eastern Time for a full recap of news and analysis for the Baltimore Ravens.