Ravens move quick in landing Evans from Buffalo

August 12, 2011|By Peter Schmuck

News item: Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome moved decisively Friday to shore up the wide receiver corps, acquiring veteran wide-out Lee Evans from the Buffalo Bills for a fourth-round draft choice in 2012.

My take: The deal was consummated so soon after Thursday night's unimpressive performance in Philadelphia that it's easy to assume it was a sign of desperation following the departure of Derrick Mason and the near-miss with free agent Jerricho Cotchery. Ask me if I care. It's a solid move that's going to make Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin more effective.

Related news item: The Ravens signed bruising veteran Ricky Williams on Monday to assume the Willis McGahee role in what they hope will be a more physical running game this season.

My take: Williams is a unique character with an interesting past, but he and new fullback Vonta Leach should soften up opposing defenses for featured backRay Rice.

News item: Rookie quarterback Tyrod Taylor scampered all over Lincoln Financial Field in an extended audition during the Ravens' 13-6 preseason loss to theEagles.

My take: The kid is quicker than a hummingbird in a rainstorm. It's just too bad the Ravens don't open the regular season against North Carolina State.

News item: Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. said this week that he's getting the itch to return to the major leagues in an executive capacity, which is certainly music to the ears of fans who have long dreamed of him helping to rehabilitate the struggling Orioles organization.

My take: Don't get too excited. There's only so much authority to go around in a baseball front office, so the Orioles would have to undergo a dramatic upper management shakeup for Ripken to assume a truly meaningful role in the organization. Even with Andy MacPhail's contract set to run out, I don't see that happening this winter.

News item: Baltimore Colts star John Mackey will be remembered at a public memorial service Saturday morning at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith are scheduled to speak at the 90-minute service.

My take: Should be a nice opportunity for fans and friends to honor a great Baltimore hero and one of the best tight ends ever to lace up a pair of cleats.

News item: Former Vikings coach Brad Childress blasted receiver Randy Moss in an NFL.com interview, claiming he was a clubhouse cancer during his brief return to Minnesota in 2010.

My take: If I were Childress, I think I'd keep my head down for awhile. It's pretty hard to make the case that Moss was around long enough to be the reason that the Vikings tanked last year. Childress and Brett Favre, on the other hand …

News item: Tiger Woods turned in another disappointing round at the PGA Championship on Friday and missed the cut.

My take: Clearly, the guy needs a new swing coach, and I'm thinkingCharlie Sheen.

News item: Quarterback Rex Grossman told Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday that the Washington Redskins don't mind being "sleepers" and that he's confident they will win the NFC East even though just about everybody is picking them to finish last in the division.

My take: Everybody's been having a good laugh at Grossman's expense — perhaps rightfully so — but I seem to remember everybody laughing at him all the way to the Super Bowl four seasons ago.

News item: New Patriots superstar Chad Ochocinco announced this week that he is going to live with a Pats fan for the first few weeks of the season. He did not reveal how he will choose his new roommate, but said the fan must have Internet andXbox.

My take: It shouldn't be too hard to find a modestly tech-savvy Pats fan, considering that the Boston area is home to Harvard and MIT. He should just be thankful he didn't get traded to the Eagles.

News item: Tackle Jared Gaither just became the third Ravens free agent to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, joining nose tackle Kelly Gregg and running backLe'Ron McClain.

My take: I'm going to miss him. Just like last year.

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