As the Ravens anxiously await the arrival of rookie Kenneth Dixon, who has yet to take the field thanks to a knee injury toward the end of the preseason, they decided they no longer had the roster space and resources to devote to Forsett, a 30-year-old who emerged from obscurity to pace Baltimore’s offense back in 2014.
The team will not forget his push for a roster spot, nor will they forget the Pro Bowl season he handed them two years ago. But as the Ravens try to keep pace in a bustling AFC North, they know they must get younger and stronger quickly. Forsett also realizes that he doesn’t have much time to sit around and wait.
Heading into Week 17, ex-Niners and Bills play-caller Greg Roman was whispered about as a candidate to take over Baltimore’s offense, but Harbaugh is opting for consistency over what would have been the team’s sixth coordinator since 2012 had someone else jumped in.
Mornhinweg hardly fixed the team’s issues on offense — they finished 21st in scoring — but the Ravens showed better balance over the final few weeks of the season with rushing outputs of 151 and 122 yards in Week 15 and 16, respectively. A full offseason could lead to more of that from the promising duo of Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon.
“I was very impressed with David’s approach, and he led the Ravens and me to Brian,” Art Modell said after the team beat the New York Giants to become NFL champions.
Modell’s first NFL job with the Browns came when he was 14, assisting with game-day operations. He went on to work in the team’s ticket office and public relations department before starting the marketing division, a first for an NFL team. He also served on the league’s Stadium and Expansion Committees.
We won’t get a Scrooge McDuck-diving-into-gold-coins celebration from Jefferson, but Baltimore will be getting a player who many considered to be the top safety on the market. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling described Jefferson as “one of the league’s unsung stars,” who “outplayed the more ballyhooed Tyrann Mathieu last season, consistently making impact plays at the line of scrimmage as well as in coverage.”
The addition gives Baltimore one of the league’s more enviable safety pairings, despite Weddle being closer to the twilight of his career than the genesis. It brings more certainty to the back end of a secondary that has become unsettled with the release of corner Shareece Wright and safety Kendrick Lewis, and possible release of Lardarius Webb, who played safety in 2016. Jefferson’s addition also brings instant personnel credibility to a unit that collectively overachieved in a late-season playoff push that ultimately fell short.
The former Washington wide receiver is among the elite prospects at his position for the 2017 NFL Draft. Between a breakout season on the field (1,150 yards, 17 touchdowns) last year, and a NFL Scouting Combine-record 4.22 40-yard dash set a few weeks ago, Ross is positioned well for the draft among top receivers, along with Clemson’s Mike Williams and Western Michigan’s Corey Davis.
The Ravens are among the NFL clubs that are in need of draft help at the wide receiver position. The Ravens hold the No. 16 overall pick in the draft, and he’s projected to be selected by the Ravens in the mock drafts of NFL.com analysts Bucky Brooks and Charley Casserly. NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Ross as the No. 22 player available.
“Hell of a rusher,” one scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Wins with get-off and bend and technique. He can get skinny. Not a total liability against the run but lacks size, strength at the point of attack.”
In Williams and No. 47 overall pick Tyus Bowser, the Ravens have added a pair of athletic outside linebackers with the potential to replace the departed Elvis Dumervil and the declining Terrell Suggs.