Ravens FS Reed: 'I'll be playing next year'

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Ravens FS Reed: 'I'll be playing next year'

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens safety Ed Reed isn't planning on joining teammate Ray Lewis in retirement after the Super Bowl.

``I'll be playing next year,'' Reed said Thursday before Baltimore hit the practice field in preparation for their Feb. 3 Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

There was speculation that the 34-year-old Reed might retire after this season.

Earlier this month, in announcing his intention to step down after the playoffs, Lewis spoke of taking a ``last ride.''

To which Reed said Thursday: ``No, it's not my last ride. I just bought a bike.''

Now in his 11th season, Reed hasn't missed a start since 2010, when he sat out Baltimore's first six games with a hip injury. This season, he was one of only two players on the Ravens defense (along with cornerback Cary Williams) to start in all 16 games.

Reed has been selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, including each one since 2006.

Reed's 61 career interceptions are a franchise record, and he has an NFL-record 1,541 yards in interception returns.

``There's no other man like Ed Reed,'' Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones said. ``He's passionate and he's such a hard worker. That guy helps me out, and he's a safety. He understands the game at every position.''

This season, Reed made 58 tackles and intercepted four passes, taking one back 34 yards for a touchdown. He also recovered three fumbles.

In the playoffs, he has 10 tackles while serving as the last line of defense for a unit that last week dominated New England in the AFC championship game.

Reed will be playing in his first Super Bowl, and it's in his home state of Louisiana.

``It's amazing to be going back to New Orleans,'' he said. ``I'm so grateful.''

Three reasons why Flacco can finally top 4,000 yards passing next season

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Three reasons why Flacco can finally top 4,000 yards passing next season

Is a 4,000-yard passing season finally in the cards for Joe Flacco?

Though eight NFL seasons, Flacco has yet to throw for 4,000 yards in any year. He has come close – 3,986 yards in 2014, and 3,912 yards in 2013. And Flacco was on pace to pass throw for more than 4,000 yards last season, before his season-ending knee injury in Week 11.

Here are three reasons why I think Flacco will finally break the 4,000-yard barrier in 2016:

1. The time Flacco misses during OTA’s won’t matter.

Flacco is still not ready to participate in this week’s OTA’s after surgery, but the Ravens hope he will be on the field when training camp begins in late July. That should be plenty of time for Flacco to build chemistry with targets he has never lined up with like wide receivers Mike Wallace, Chris Moore, and Breshad Perriman, and tight end Ben Watson. By Week 1, Flacco will have more than enough practice reps to be ready.

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2. The Ravens’ passing attack should be more explosive.

If they stay healthy, Wallace, Moore, and Perriman will give the Ravens big-play capability. Last season, the Ravens were forced to be methodical, and Flacco’s ability to throw deep was often wasted. Now he has more legitimate deep weapons.

3. Having the same coordinator should help the offense evolve.

The switch from Gary Kubiak to Marc Trestman as offensive coordinator was an adjustment last year, and there were some growing pains. Trestman and Flacco will begin the 2016 season with a comfort level they didn’t have last season. While the Ravens are committed to improving their running game, Trestman is not shy about throwing the football. Twelve quarterbacks threw for more than 4,000 yards last season. I think Flacco will join that list in 2016.

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Looking at the Ravens roster locks heading into OTA's

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Looking at the Ravens roster locks heading into OTA's

With 90 players on their roster, the Ravens need plenty of trimming to reach the 53-man limit by Week 1 against the Bills. Heading into OTA’s that start on Tuesday, and before some unfortunate injuries that are bound to occur, here are the players I see as locks to make the roster:

Offense: (21)

Quarterback (2) – Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett

Running back (3) – Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Kenneth Dixon

Fullback (1) – Kyle Juszczyk

Tight end (3) – Crockett Gillmore, Ben Watson, Maxx Williams

Wide receiver (5) – Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, Chris Moore

Offensive line (7) – Marshal Yanda, Ronnie Stanley, Jeremy Zuttah, Rick Wagner, John Urschel, Ryan Jensen, Alex Lewis

It’s going to be an interesting battle at running back, with Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West, and Trent Richardson vying for a spot, and Forsett being pushed to keep his starting job. I don’t see the Ravens cutting Forsett, even if he doesn’t start. If Dennis Pitta is cleared for contact, I would expect he’d make the roster at tight end. If the Ravens don’t release or trade Eugene Monroe, he’ll likely be the starting left tackle, with Stanley playing left guard. Maybe I shouldn’t make Lewis and Moore locks, but it would surprise me to see either fourth-round draft pick getting cut. The wide receiver competition will be intense. Michael Campanaro, Kaelin Clay, and rookie Keenan Reynolds are also part of a crowded wide receiver field.

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Defense (20)

Defensive line: (7) - Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Lawrence Guy, Brent Urban, Bronson Kaufusi, Carl Davis, Willie Henry

Linebacker  - (7) C. J. Mosley, Elvis Dumervil, Terrell Suggs, Za’Darius Smith, Kamalei Correa, Zach Orr, Albert McClellan

Defensive back (6) – Jimmy Smith, Eric Weddle, Shareece Wright,  Lardarius Webb, Tavon Young, Jerraud Powers

I think pass rusher Matt Judon (fifth-round pick) will make it, but too early to call him a lock. The defensive backfield will be most interesting. I’m tempted to call safety Kendrick Lewis a lock, but I won’t this early. The same holds true for safety Terrence Brooks and cornerback Kyle Arrington. Matt Elam is fighting to win a spot at safety, but he has been major disappointment so far as a former first-round pick.

Special teams (3)

Justin Tucker (K), Sam Koch (P), Morgan Cox (LS)

That makes 44 roster locks by my count, leaving nine spots wide open. Get ready for an interesting spring and summer. Coming off a 5-11 season, playing time is up for grabs at many positions.

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Brady to petition for rehearing on Deflategate suspension

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Brady to petition for rehearing on Deflategate suspension

New England quarterback Tom Brady will file a petition to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday for a second hearing in the never-ending saga that is Deflategate. NFL Players Association attorney Theodore B. Olson made the announcement on "Good Morning America" on Monday.

The court reinstated Brady's four-game suspension in April by a 2-1 decision, ruling that the punishment was fair and within Roger Goodell's authority as determined by the collective bargaining agreement.

Brady is now filing for a rehearing of the appeal in front of the full panel of judges on the court. The panel consists of 13 judges, but only three were assigned to the original hearing. Seven of the 13 judges would have to agree to hear the case. Normally that would be a long shot, but, as Pro Football Talk points out, the Chief Judge was the one judge who sided with Brady in the original hearing.

If you're hoping Brady's petition is denied just so we can be finished with this, then I've got some bad news. If the petition is denied, Brady can file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. And o course, you would have to expect Brady's legal team to file for a stay, delaying the suspension until the case is finally resolved.

Regardless, it looks like this is going to continue to drag on.

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