Offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor called Ricard one of his closest friends. "You would never have expected Pat to say things like that," he said. "Back then, he was a different person. But it doesn’t change my opinion of him. Pat’s an amazing guy, and I still love him.”
Tight end Maxx Williams felt similarly as Eluemunor did. “It’s one of those things where it’s going to be in your head, but you try to show forgiveness to people, and hopefully, people can see that he was just being dumb and that he is apologetic and feels terrible about it.”
(Part 1 of 2) “I was shocked honestly," Pierce said. "But Pat’s family. We actually went to dinner last Monday. So I never would have expected it. That’s not the guy I know. It’s unfortunate he said it, but he’s still a brother to me and a brother to us on this team.”
OL Jermaine Eluemunor on Patrick Ricard's tweets: "You would never have expected Pat to say things like that. Back then, he was a different person. But it doesn’t change my opinion of him. Pat’s an amazing guy, and I still love him.” bsun.md/2RT6pwL (via @EdwardLeeSun )
"That’s not the guy I know," nose tackle Michael Pierce said of defensive tackle Patrick Ricard. "It’s unfortunate he said it, but he’s still a brother to me and a brother to us on this team. So we’re going to stand behind him, and that’s something we just never expected.”
The Ravens' official changing of the guard began with a text from John Harbaugh to Joe Flacco on Tuesday morning. "We probably knew the talk was coming at some point,” Flacco said. Lamar Jackson was going to be QB1. bsun.md/2QLZx73 (via @ChildsWalker )
Ravens WR Michael Crabtree (vet day), CB Marlon Humphrey (groin), S Tony Jefferson (ankle), LB/DB Anthony Levine Sr. (ankle), S Eric Weddle (vet day), G Marshal Yanda (vet day) and CB Tavon Young (groin) missed practice today. G Alex Lewis (shoulder) was limited.
For the second straight day, Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey was absent from the portion of practice open to media. G Alex Lewis was also not present. Secondary did get back S Tony Jefferson, DB/LB Anthony Levine Sr. and CB Tavon Young.
The Buccaneers, meanwhile, were missing No. 2 receiver DeSean Jackson (750 receiving yards), top DE Jason Pierre-Paul (11.5 sacks) and starting S Justin Evans. Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy was also limited.
9: The Midshipmen will play nine games in the regular season at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The program has not enjoyed that many home games in a year since the 1969 squad played host for 10 games.
Also, Cyrus Jones is not completely satisfied with ranking second in the NFL in punt return average, James Hurst was encouraged that his back held up in his first start after a six-game absence, and John Harbaugh was hoping for a chilly welcome for the Buccaneers Sunday.
When I approached the junior center back for an interview on Monday, he greeted me with a big hug. Pines' warmth may only be exceeded by his competitive fire to help his team win, which the Terps did on Sunday.
Despite Lamar Jackson’s listed height of 6 feet 2 being four inches shorter than Joe Flacco’s, Matt Skura said he has not had to make any changes in his snaps to Jackson — shotgun or otherwise. “I think really just getting practice reps have been the biggest thing,” he said.
The Mustangs dropped their first game, 20-6 to the Crunchtime Seminoles. But Marquita M. Melvin, the Mustangs’ president, said in a text this morning, "This is an experience they will never forget. Today we are going to tour the Hall of Fame and let the kids enjoy the day."
Ravens tackle Orlando Brown Jr. can still remember his first big pancake block. He's not sure what happened to the other guy. “He never came back in that game. I don't know if he ever played again.” bsun.md/2SONfbd
Ryan Jensen was one of the NFL's top-rated centers last season in Baltimore. This year in Tampa Bay, not so much. Matt Skura ranks ahead on @PFF heading into Sunday's reunion. bsun.md/2UNECPY (via @EdwardLeeSun )
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he had "no complaints at all" about TE Hayden Hurst. “There are only so many reps. We have four [tight ends] in there playing, and they’re all playing very well. Hayden is playing well, too, and will get a couple balls thrown his way."
G Alex Lewis (shoulder) is the only Raven listed as doubtful for Sunday. QB Joe Flacco (right hip), CB Marlon Humphrey (groin), S Tony Jefferson (ankle), LB/DB Anthony Levine Sr. (ankle), OLB Tim Williams (ankle) and CB Tavon Young (groin) are questionable.