The Ravens announced several moves within the organization, including the hiring of the Browns former director of college scouting.
Bobby Vega, who spent 13 years in Cleveland, returns to the Ravens as the East area scout. Vega earned a promotion in Cleveland two years ago but was among those in the Browns’ scouting department let go by General Manager John Dorsey after the draft.
Vega began his scouting career as a player personnel intern with the Ravens in 2004.
It will be interesting to see who wins some starting spots in the back seven. The Saints are rich at linebacker with A.J. Klein, Craig Robertson, Manti Te’o, and they signed Davis to a three-year deal indicative of a middle linebacker role. Coleman can play both strong and free safety, and even though the Saints seem set there with Vonn Bell and Marcus Williams, the team didn’t ink him to a three-year, $18 million deal just to be the old, veteran voice in the locker room.
What needs work? It’s unfair to say because it’s not like these guys set out to get injured in 2017, but the Saints offensive line has to be healthier than they were last year. Left tackle Terron Armstead has never played a full season, and he has missed 15 games out of 32 in the past two seasons. That set off a season-long musical chairs along the offensive line with center Max Unger the only real constant.
Regardless, the Bears officially head to training camp on Thursday, and Smith won’t be there — unless he blinks, the team blinks, or the two sides fashion a compromise on whatever the issues are that are keeping a deal from getting done.
New head coach Matt Patricia’s experience as New England’s defensive coordinator should mean a nice turnaround for the Lions defense, which ranked 27th in the league last season.
Per reports out of Lions minicamp and OTAs, Patricia is shaking things up. He’s more vocal than Jim Caldwell, his practice tempo is speedier and the players have less down time at practice. Patricia had players run sprints after OTAs and minicamp practices. Also, the Lions have reportedly adopted the Patriots’ catchphrase, Do Your Job.
In a division with the still surging Vikings and a healthy Aaron Rodgers, this team will likely be third-best in the NFC North.