Baltimore Ravens

Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium | Coach: John Harbaugh
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense26th83.0 (28th)224.4 (16th)
Defense12th105.4 (9th)230.1 (13th)
Harbaugh: I'm very confident in Bernard Pierce
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

With Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of the season, the Ravens have to figure out who will start at running back in his absence, reports ESPN.

The top choice to fill in for Rice is Bernard Pierce. He was limited all offseason after having shoulder surgery, but he looked to be in good shape as the Ravens opened training camp this week. 

"I'm very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's a heck of a player. He’s worked very hard, he’s 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days. We'll know more by Tuesday once we get the pads on and seeing him move with the pads on and how the shoulder holds up -- that'll be important."

Outside of Pierce, the Ravens have Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, but Pierce is the likely starter with Rice out.

"I have a lot of confidence in all of our guys," Harbaugh said.

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Ravens sign suspended safety Will Hill
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Ravens have signed suspended safety Will Hill to a one-year deal, according to the Baltimore Sun. Hill is suspended for six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy while with the Giants, his second suspension since entering the NFL.

"If we need it, Will will provide depth in the middle of the season," Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome explained.

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Steve Smith 'puts on a show'
by Larry Hartstein |

New Ravens receiver Steve Smith "put on a show" in the team's first training camp practice, reports Smith faked out starting corner Lardarius Webb on an out route, then beat Webb and projected No. 3 corner Chykie Brown on deep passes, the report said.

The website also credited Smith with raising the intensity level at practice.

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Ray Rice: 'I failed in many ways'
by Larry Hartstein |

Ravens running back Ray Rice issued a contrite statement after receiving his two-game suspension from the league. Rice struck his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, unconscious in an Atlantic City casino in February.

"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault," Rice said. "As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. My goal is to earn back the trust of the people, especially the children, I let down because of this incident."

Added general manager Ozzie Newsome: "That night was not the typical Ray Rice we know and expect."

Rice was fined an additional game check, meaning he'll lose a total of $705,882 the first three weeks.

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NFL makes Ray Rice suspension official
by Larry Hartstein |

The NFL made it official, suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games and fining him an additional game check for a domestic violence incident with his then-fiancee. Commissioner Roger Goodell told Rice he expects him to continue getting counseling and other professional services.

"I believe you are sincere in your desire to learn and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career," Goodell told Rice.

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