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Ravens to work out Jake Ballard Monday

Jake Ballard, Rob Gronkowski AP

The Ravens clearly miss having a dependable threat across the middle.

Watching former Raven Anquan Boldin catch 13 passes for 208 yards for the 49ers this afternoon won’t help.

And in all likelihood, tomorrow’s attempt to fix things might not either.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the Ravens are working out former Giants and Patriots tight end Jake Ballard Monday.

Ballard seemed like a good idea when the Patriots claimed him off waivers a year ago. But all reports out of New England this summer had him as a step slow.

But the Ravens are bordering on desperate after losing Dennis Pitta to a hip injury, and failing to get much out of their other tight end options in the opener.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 8, 2013 8:06 PM

    The Ravens are an embarrassment to Maryland. Thank God the real representative of the state kicks off tomorrow night at FedEx Field. #HTTR

  2. jakec4 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:08 PM

    You had to bring up the Boldin thing. I feel like I got kicked in the stomach watching him go off on Green Bay. Hated that trade when it happened, hate it even more now. A salary dump. San Fran got a beast, Baltimore got a bag of balls. Never fear though…..The great Jake Ballard is coming to save the day.

  3. bmoreravens1012013 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:10 PM

    Trading Bolden was as dumb as dumb gets. I think John sacrificed the betterment of our team to throw his damn brother a bone. They had dinner the night before the trade and they discussed it and that’s a fact. The Ravens were hoping that these also rans and in house busts except for Marlon Brown, would overcome it along with Pitta. It was unlike the Ravens and it will haunt them all year.

  4. ravenmuscle says: Sep 8, 2013 8:15 PM

    Maryland is home of the WORLD CHAMPION RAVENS.

    The Deadskins are the embarrassment to the District Of Columbia…the cocaine capital of the world.

  5. nananatman says: Sep 8, 2013 8:16 PM

    The guy has some really good moves for a big TE. If you can get him into game shape the dude will earn his $.

  6. coughlinsredcheeks says: Sep 8, 2013 8:24 PM

    Ever since his microfracture surgery, Ballard has been a shell of his 2011 self. He had a nice season for us, but there’s a reason why the TE starved Patriots released him. Hoping the best for him, but I doubt he’d be any better than what they currently have.

  7. jakec4 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:26 PM

    nananatman says: Sep 8, 2013 8:16 PM

    The guy has some really good moves for a big TE. If you can get him into game shape the dude will earn his $.

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    You can’t be serious. This is a simple case of the cupboards being empty, and they’re kicking the tires on anybody with a pulse.

  8. rocketcrab says: Sep 8, 2013 8:26 PM

    Yes, Anquan had a huge day for SF, and good for him. Do I wish he was still with the Ravens? Yes. But let’s not forget he refused a request to take $4 million as opposed to $6 million, NOT to help sign Joe Flacco, but to help the defense get younger and faster. That was his right, but it’s as if the Ravens kicked him to the curb.

  9. watermelon1 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:29 PM

    How about they go back in time and keep Boldin, Reed, and Ellerbe.. And trade Flacco instead?

  10. jakec4 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:36 PM

    Yes, Anquan had a huge day for SF, and good for him. Do I wish he was still with the Ravens? Yes. But let’s not forget he refused a request to take $4 million as opposed to $6 million, NOT to help sign Joe Flacco, but to help the defense get younger and faster. That was his right, but it’s as if the Ravens kicked him to the curb.

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    But they had no problem giving Elvis Dumervil a nice fat deal just because he fell into their lap. There had to have been a way to keep the heart and soul of the offense. Granted they couldn’t foresee the Pitta injury, but their contingency plan was crap. Picking up Caldwell’s old (and I mean old) Colts players doesn’t begin to be comparable to the important dirty work that Boldin did.

  11. jrs1972 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:46 PM

    Nope, that injury ended his career, that was pretty obvious. Try something else ravens.

  12. claymatthewshairplugs says: Sep 8, 2013 8:47 PM

    The Boldin trade was dumb. What’s even more stupid was giving Flacco that horrendously large deal that will leave this team unable to sign quality players. Flacco got his money but who is he throwing to? Torrey Smith is a good deep threat but he’s basically a bigger and slower version of Mike Wallace. Let’s be honest we saw how much they missed Boldin against Denver.

  13. natijim235 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:51 PM

    you’re desperate when you bring jake ballard in

  14. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:28 PM

    I liked jake with the pats but when they cut him to go with a rookie that said everything you needed to know. And someone please explain to rg3′s personal rump kisser that this isn’t twitter. Lord that kid is annoying.

  15. rvnmaniak says: Sep 8, 2013 9:31 PM

    I’m a Raven’s fan, but this just sucks.

    I watched at least 7 QB’s today who are head and shoulders better than Flacco. Kapernick, Brady, Rogers, and Wilson are worth 250 million if Flacco is worth 125.
    Watching Boldin today not only felt bad because of the trade, but also because we had him in Baltimore for years and NEVER used him to that extent. Before the playoffs last year we never saw him get that many targets. Imagine how 2011 would have gone if we weren’t throwing to Lee Evans on the biggest damn play of the year.

  16. ezg1 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:36 PM

    Ravens nose dive into the basement! The Ray Lewis Kharma Curse manifest itself into the bowels of Charm City to surpass the Bambino Curse, which in turn orchestrates a significant increase in shank assaults, all in the search for the infamous White Suit!

  17. blackraven1313 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:40 PM

    I saw Boldin today and it sucked but the defense gave up 7 touchdowns, and Boldin doesn’t play on the defense!

  18. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 8, 2013 10:22 PM

    Well good thing they gave all the money to Flacco, so they couldn’t bring back Boldin right? I mean, like you Ravens fans said, Boldin just wasn’t worth it. I mean, why let go a stud like Boldin when you can totally overpay a mediocre QB like Flacco? In Oz we trust, baby! Bwahahahahahaha!!!!

  19. tsuscrumhalf says: Sep 8, 2013 10:30 PM

    For anyone who says it’s Flacco’s contract that precluded Boldin from coming back….I have one thing to say:

    You are a moron! Flacco’s cap number this year is only 6.8. It’s incredibly low for a top tier QB. Learn the mechanics of the salary cap before speaking about something that makes you look like you need remedial classes……..

    Take off your bib & helmet, get off the short bus, and take some time to understand that a total contract value and the salary cap implications are quite different.

  20. j0esixpack says: Sep 8, 2013 10:41 PM

    Well, the good news for Ravens fans is no matter how badly this season goes, they’ll still have bragging rights that they have the most expensive – thus the best – quarterback in the NFL

    As everyone knows, a team’s ability to sign productive players to long-term contracts is impacted by the $113.2 million Flacco is due after this season

    It seems that some should learn the mechanics of the salary cap before speaking

  21. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 8, 2013 11:10 PM

    tsuscrumhalf says:
    Sep 8, 2013 10:30 PM
    For anyone who says it’s Flacco’s contract that precluded Boldin from coming back….I have one thing to say:

    You are a moron! Flacco’s cap number this year is only 6.8. It’s incredibly low for a top tier QB. Learn the mechanics of the salary cap before speaking about something that makes you look like you need remedial classes……..

    Take off your bib & helmet, get off the short bus, and take some time to understand that a total contract value and the salary cap implications are quite different.
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    I love this stock Ravens fan justification for overpaying Flacco… it would be perfect, Einstein, if only you just signed players for ONE year. But of course, you don’t, do you? So who CARES if Flacco only makes ONE PENNY this season, you don’t just sign other players for ONE year, do you?

    It’s not just Boldin, it’s Kruger and everybody else they lost, because you have to look past JUST this year and what you can manage for the next FEW years. Duh. Because it won’t be long before Average Joe is counting MEGA against the cap.

    Here’s a clue, smart guy: Flacco’s OVERALL deal put the Ravens up against the wall to re-sign Ellerbe, which is why they went to Boldin and asked him to take LESS money than what he was supposed to be getting.

    So YOU better get on the short bus, bub, and be sure not to forget your drool bucket. And please, spare us the lame “b-b-but Joe’s only counting 6.8 mil against the cap next year!” It’s embarrassing to hear.

  22. tsuscrumhalf says: Sep 9, 2013 1:33 AM

    Cap number doesn’t escalate greatly till year 4. If they want to, they could walk after year 3 & it wouldn’t be bad. Look for them to cut him or extend him at that point. It’s a low budget (cap implications) deal for 3 seasons. They’ve already paid more than 6.8. Again….it’s contract value vs cap number. 2 different things. Not that hard to learn for those who are literate.

  23. tsuscrumhalf says: Sep 9, 2013 1:34 AM

    And there have already been 2-3 deals done that exceed Flacco’s. no longer highest paid…

  24. marlinjackson82 says: Sep 9, 2013 5:30 AM

    Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome told Peter King of the TheMMQB.com that he had no regrets over trading his veteran wideout for a sack of beans, saying the money saved helped rebuild their defense.

    “The acquisitions of Elvis Dumervil and Michael Huff are a direct result of the money we saved from that [Boldin] contract,” Newsome said. “And other guys we got—Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, Daryl Smith—were helped by the savings. So if you ask the question, you can’t just say, ‘Do you wish you kept him?’ You also have to look at the unintended consequences of your actions.”

    Canty and Dumervil had a good game, and Ravens front will bring them some wins this year, but without Pitta and Boldin they can’t afford to engage in shootouts.

  25. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 9, 2013 8:38 AM

    Well one thing’s for sure, I now agree with all the fans who were saying how average Boldin was last year. Problem for Ravens, the reason he was average was due to the QB. It’s obvious now – Calvin Johnson would look average trying to play in that O.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 9, 2013 9:44 AM

    “Cap number doesn’t escalate greatly till year 4. If they want to, they could walk after year 3 & it wouldn’t be bad.”
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    You really fooled some people into thinking you know what you’re talking about. Explain this then, what happens to the $51M guarranteed if they walk after Yr 3. I’m sure it just disappears, right?

  27. flaccodelic says: Sep 9, 2013 9:56 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 9, 2013 8:38 AM
    Well one thing’s for sure, I now agree with all the fans who were saying how average Boldin was last year. Problem for Ravens, the reason he was average was due to the QB. It’s obvious now – Calvin Johnson would look average trying to play in that O.

    Dude, you are really reaching. The Steelers managed ONE meaningless TD at the end of a beatdown AT HOME by the Titans!!! Your team can’t run and your O-line can’t block. You need to sit down and shut up about anyone else’s offense until your team does anything other than going 8-8 or losing to terrible teams.

    Flacco put up 360+ YDs in Denver despite non-stop drops by his TEs and WRs.

    You may recall how hard it is to win in Denver, that’s where the Steelers got Tebowed out of the playoffs.

  28. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 9, 2013 10:26 AM

    flaccodelic says:
    You may recall how hard it is to win in Denver, that’s where the Steelers got Tebowed out of the playoffs.
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    Weren’t you just scolding me on another post for bringing up the past? Nice work.

  29. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 9, 2013 10:28 AM

    “The Steelers managed ONE meaningless TD at the end of a beatdown AT HOME by the Titans!!!”

    I wouldn’t say it was meaningless. The five Steelers’ fans who weren’t in the bathroom throwing up enjoyed it.

  30. mistersmith22 says: Sep 9, 2013 10:48 AM

    The Ravens still scored 27 points on a very good Broncos D in a very tough environment — even with about a dozen dropped passes. With even average defensive play that was an easy win.

    Baltimore nearly scored as much as the rest of the AFCN combined, so don’t freak just yet.

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 9, 2013 11:28 AM

    Joemontanaflacco | Sep 9, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT
    “The Steelers managed ONE meaningless TD at the end of a beatdown AT HOME by the Titans!!!”

    I wouldn’t say it was meaningless. The five Steelers’ fans who weren’t in the bathroom throwing up enjoyed it.

    They weren’t throwing up over the game….they found your hiding place and got ill.

  32. buzzbeaubank says: Sep 9, 2013 12:19 PM

    FYI, tsuscrumhalf, you’re arguing with a toddler.

  33. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    flaccodelic says:
    Sep 9, 2013 9:56 AM

    Dude, you are really reaching. The Steelers managed ONE meaningless TD at the end of a beatdown AT HOME by the Titans!!!
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    Not that the Steelers have anything to be proud of, but I love the way Ravens fans “watch” games. You conveniently overlook the fact the Steelers fumbled a hand-off and gifted it to the Titans as they were about to score an early TD. That makes it 9-0 and it’s a different game altogether. So sorry, you can’t bang on a TD for being during garbage time while ignoring the garbage turnover that wiped out a TD early.

    As for you Flacco contract apologists, here’s what you need to realize: it was Flacco’s contract that sent Boldin packing by way of Ellerbe. They were trying to keep Ellerbe even after doing Flacco’s deal, so they went to Boldin and told him to take less money. Dig? Boldin justifiably told them to stick it, as he’d just made Flacco’s career with all the circus catches he made for Jump Ball Joe. Boldin walked because the Ravens were up against the cap, courtesy of Flacco’s contract OVERALL — not just one year.

  34. ravensterps says: Sep 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    Hey, ampatsisahypocrite, you really have no idea what you’re talking about and you definitely don’t understand the salary cap.

    The funny thing is, you’re almost right. Key word is almost. Flacco’s contract IS the reason Anquan wouldn’t take a pay cut, but it has nothing to do with the salary cap.

    Flacco and Anquan were two of the most important players in last year’s playoffs. It’s insulting to Anquan to ask him to take a pay CUT after giving Flacco such a ridiculous pay RAISE. I understand completely why Anquan turned it down. But, again, you’re wrong. It has nothing to do with the salary cap implications of Flacco’s contract. Anquan had one year left on his deal and THIS YEAR, Flacco’s cap number is small.

    The Ravens hands were tied. What, you wouldn’t have given Flacco that contract? You would have let him go to Cleveland or Buffalo or somewhere else? Well, that’s why Ozzie is an NFL GM and you’re just a guy sitting behind a keyboard who doesn’t even understand the salary cap.

  35. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 11, 2013 1:36 AM

    Yeah, ravenstwerp, you REALLY have to be an NFL GM to see what happened with Flacco. And if you can’t understand the simple connection I just explained, I’m afraid you have no business calling someone else clueless.

    Ellerbe’s loss had nothing to do with the cap? Nothing to do with Flacco’s deal and all the money they had to commit? Uh huh.

    And no I wouldn’t have given Flacco all that cash, because the team could win with any number of QBs besides Average Joe. He’s simply not the driving force behind the team, and aside from one playoff run, never has been. And yet you’re paying him like he is.

    The Ravens could’ve at least negotiated stronger by remind Flacco how he FADED in the second half of the Super Bowl, and if not for Jones returning that kick, becomes the greatest CHOKER in Super Bowl history. There are a number of ways to approach negotiations. But like you say, you have the almighty Oz, who never (Shiancoe) busts with any deal (Clark) or signing.

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