Former Raven Reed Takes Out Ad To Thank Fans

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Former Raven Reed Takes Out Ad To Thank Fans

Over the last few weeks, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have been deconstructed, losing the likes of Anquan Boldin, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Bernard Pollard to trade and free agency. Friday, Ed Reed joined that list, signing with the Houston Texans after anchoring the Ravens' defense for 11 years.

"Eleven years is a great book,'' Reed told reporters. ''The way it ended, you can't write a better script. Eventually, we knew Baltimore had to make decisions and in the end, they made those decisions.''

Reed, however, was far from bitter, and to show his appreciation for the city and fanbase that cherished him for over a decade, he took out a full-page advertisement in Sunday's Baltimore Sun.

This is what it said:

Ravens Nation, My eleven seasons in Baltimore were more than I would have ever imagined, which is why I have such deep love for you all. I will forever cherish my time with the Ravens and the chills that ran down my spine when I finally kissed the Lombardi Trophy. Special thanks to the City, Team, Organization and all the Fans! I'm going to miss being a part of this tremendous team and organization, but I'll always be Baltimore and my Foundation will remain in this community. This is not a goodbye, but a See You Soon. Thank you for everything Baltimore, God Bless you.

ED REED #20

Reed and the Texans will visit Baltimore next season. 

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McCloughan says he prefers low-mileage running backs

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McCloughan says he prefers low-mileage running backs

When it comes to drafting running back, Scot McCloughan prefers low-mileage models.

Last year, McCloughan took Matt Jones, who had 297 rushing attempts in three seasons at Florida, in the third round. This year the running back pick was Keith Marshall, a seventh-round pick who carried the ball 253 times in four years as a Georgia Bulldog.

In contrast, Heisman Trophy winning back Derrick Henry had 395 carries in 2015 alone.

Of course, Henry got the ball a lot because he was consistently productive for the Crimson Tide. Injuries kept Marshall from having a bigger role at Georgia and Jones couldn’t break out of a running back by committee arrangement with the Gators.

McCloughan sees the positive in each of his backs’ situations.

“The thing I like about it, and it was the thing with Matt Jones last year, is the amount of carries he’s had,” he said when asked about Marshall’s lack of college production. “He hasn’t been beat up. With running backs, it’s so important to have the health. The more hits you take, the worse off it is. Again, we’ll see how it shakes out.”

McCloughan may just be trying to put some lipstick on a pig here in talking about the Redskins’ still uncertain running back situation. But it’s a fact that heavy college workloads taken on by backs like Henry do drop their draft stocks. So it makes sense that all other things being equal a back who had a light workload prior to entering the draft should be somewhat more valuable.

As McCloughan said, we’ll see how it shakes out.

NL East: Bartolo Colon passes Pedro Martinez on career wins list

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NL East: Bartolo Colon passes Pedro Martinez on career wins list

When the New York Mets signed Bartolo Colon prior at 40 years old prior to the 2014 season, many in The Big Apple probably saw him as nothing more than a veteran stop-gap arm for the starting rotation. 

But at 42 — the oldest player in the big leagues — Colon is still doing his thing with the Mets, and he's making history while he's at it. 

After pitching eight shutout innings in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Braves, Colon earned his 220th career win, passing Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez to become the second-winningest Domican-born pitcher in MLB history. 

"I think it's truly a great honor," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Colon's achievement, via MLB.com. "Pedro -- as great as he was -- to move ahead of him in wins, it shows the durability of what Bartolo's had to go through to get to this point." 

To Collins' point, Colon's durability has been remarkable in New York; since 2014, he's pitched 428 2/3 innings in 70 games, amassing a 31-27 record with a 4.01 ERA in that span. This year he's off to another solid start at 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a 27-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He may not have the arsenal he once did a young phenom with the Cleveland Indians, but continues to find ways to give the Mets just what they need. 

"I mean, I'm amazed he goes out there every fifth day and just goes through it, and nothing seems to faze him," Collins said. 

At 220 career wins, Colon still has a ways to go to catch the all-time winningest Dominican-born pitcher, Juan Marichal, who has 243 victories. But as he nears his 43rd birthday, Colon and the Mets are probably right to only worry about the here and now. 

"I can't think about [Marichal's record]," Colon said. "You just can't get your mind set like that. Right now, I'm just thinking about 221."

Capitals to host viewing party for Game 4

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Capitals to host viewing party for Game 4

The Capitals will host a Game 4 Viewing Party at Verizon Center on Wednesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., with Game 4 between the Capitals and Penguins broadcast on the jumbotron at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

The night will be co-hosted by Caps Erin and public address announcer Wes Johnson. The evening also features special performances by the Secret Service Dunkers and Red Rockers, the opportunity for fans to win prizes, and exclusive Team Store discounts.

Fans are encouraged to RSVP on WashingtonCaps.com/ViewingParty.