Ravens signed Kansas QB Dayne Crist.
Charlie Weis' teacher's pet, Crist struggled mightily at KU last season after transferring from Notre Dame, completing just 47.7 percent of his passes while posting a 6.08 YPA and 4:9 TD:INT ratio. Inaccurate and an ineffective driver of the ball despite a big arm, Crist's NFL "career" is unlikely to ever even reach a practice squad.
Ravens placed ILB Rolando McClain on the reserve/retired list.
"Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL," GM Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list." It's a bizarre ending to a tumultuous career, but likely a false one. McClain doesn't turn 24 until July, and is only 37 months removed from being the No. 8 pick of the 2010 draft. He has numerous unresolved legal issues, however, and was facing release had he not "retired." If McClain can't get his life and career on track, he'll finish with just 244 tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble across 41 games. The Ravens are moving forward with second-rounder Arthur Brown, Jameel McClain, Albert McClellan, and Josh Bynes at inside linebacker.
Ravens K Justin Tucker says it's not unrealistic for him to a have a perfect season on field goals.
Tucker had a spectacular rookie season, converting 30-of-33 field goals and all 42 of his extra points. He also went 2-for-2 in the Super Bowl, with both makes coming in the fourth quarter. The last kicker to go perfect in a season was Mike Vanderjagt, who went 37-of-37 for the Colts in 2003.
According to Football Outsiders, Bernard Pierce's 2012 broken tackle rate was 16.5 percent.
It was the fifth-best rate in the league among running backs, and nearly double the 8.5 percent clip posted by Ray Rice. It's further evidence that Pierce is a difference-making back that has earned a larger role in the Ravens' offense. We're expecting a bump on the 7.1 touches per game Pierce received as a third-round rookie last year.
Ravens re-signed restricted free agent TE Dennis Pitta to a one-year, $2.023 million contract.
The sides may explore a long-term extension during the upcoming season, although it could also wait until 2014. Pitta is scheduled for unrestricted free agency next offseason. Pitta, 28 in June, set career highs in catches (61), yards (669), and touchdowns (7) in a breakout 2012 campaign. He finished as the No. 7 overall fantasy tight end. Pitta's production is likely to continue to increase in 2013 with Anquan Boldin gone to San Francisco.
Ray Rice wants to catch more passes this season.
Rice's 61 receptions were second only to Darren Sproles' 75 among running backs last season, but 15 fewer than he caught in 2011. "Now that guys know that I'm a threat out of the backfield, I got to use my hands a little more," Rice said. "I get pushed a lot coming out of the backfield, and that's a sign of respect, but if I can get my hands and get out on pass routes and continue to get open for Joe Flacco." Rice has averaged 70 catches the past four seasons, and should be around that number in 2013.
The Baltimore Sun projects 2011 fourth-round pick Tandon Doss as a candidate for the Ravens' third receiver role.
Torrey Smith is locked in as a starter, with Jacoby Jones penciled in across from him. A huge disappointment through two seasons, Doss managed only seven catches for 123 yards and one touchdown last year, playing just over 200 snaps. We suspect GM Ozzie Newsome will wind up pursuing a veteran receiver, perhaps Nate Washington if he's released or Malcom Floyd of the Chargers.