Fantasy News
Thu. Apr 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams has returned to the Ravens, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Williams, who was with the Patriots briefly last year after being waived by Baltimore, returns to add wideout/special teams depth to the Ravens' 2014 mix.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Baltimore Ravens have put middle linebacker Rolando McClain on the reserve-retired list for a second time. McClain retired last year, but recently announced his intent to return to the NFL. After being reinstated by the Ravens last week, McClain abruptly said he was retiring for good.
Impact: The 6-foot-4, 250-pound McClain signed a one-year contract with Baltimore last year but never played a down with the Ravens, retiring after his arrest for disorderly conduct in Alabama. By putting McClain on the reserve-retired list, the Ravens retain his rights if he should again change his mind. McClain was the Oakland Raiders' first-round pick in 2010 after starring at Alabama. In three seasons with Oakland, McClain had 246 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice, who is emphasizing speed over bulk this offseason, has impressed the Ravens' strength and conditioning coach with his work at the voluntary offseason program, the team's official website reports.
Impact: Dealing with a serious legal incident and coming off a career-worst season, Rice is under pressure to show up at training camp in the best shape of his life. Doing so would hardly guarantee a big season, but it would certainly be a step in the right direction. While the possibility of league discipline is still looming, there have been some positive developments for Rice's fantasy value this offseason, namely the Ravens addressing an offensive line that was putrid in 2013. The report from the team website notes that Rice topped out at 217 pounds last season, 5-to-10 pounds above his normal playing weight. The increase was attributed to an effort to bulk up, a plan that wouldn't really make any sense given Rice's skill set and frame. It's quite possible that he merely showed up out of shape last year, which bodes well for his odds of a return to form. With so many factors at play here, Rice's value is nearly impossible to gauge at this juncture. Dropping pounds and emphasizing agility over power would be an excellent start.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The suspicion of marijuana possession charges issued to Thompson in February have been dropped, reports.
Impact: The charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. Although possession charges weren't pinned on Thompson, there was no dispute that he was in a car with 29 grams of marijuana. Although he likely won't face NFL-issued discipline, Thompson's questionable judgment might land him on a shorter leash as he competes for a 2014 roster spot.