Hot News is a feature that appears at the top of every page on this site. Usually available only to <A HREF="http://ravens.theinsiders.com/3/TapInfo.html">subscribers</a>, it consists of snippets from sources all over the web. Here is a random sampling of 5 stories from the past 48 hours including an piece on University of California quarterback Kyle Boller. Enjoy.
coach Brian Billick is intrigued by D-III Mount Union College QB
, but realizes it would be a long-term project. "He falls into
that second day [of the draft] category. You have to understand the learning
curve and have a plan in mind. Maybe even developmental squad. He probably
needs to go to Europe [for seasoning]," Billick told the Cleveland Plain
According to reports, the Ravens have a strong interest in signing former
Browns linebacker Jamir Miller
. Miller, who could visit the Ravens next
week, would likely compete with Cornell Brown
, who re-signed with Baltimore
recently, for the outside linebacker job opposite Peter Boulware
Ravens 3-4. Miller could also emerge as a pass rushing specialist, lining up
at end in a 4 man front that the Ravens will likely use in most obvious
passing situations. The 6'5 255 pound Miller missed all missed all of last
season after tearing his Achilles' tendon in the first exhibition game. The
Browns released him rather than paying him a $14 million roster bonus that
he was due on February 27th. Miller told Cleveland reporters recently that
he was about 95 % recovered from his injury. If he's able to return to his
2001 form, or even close to it, Miller would provide a much needed upgrade
to a Ravens pass rush that struggled last season with just 33 sacks. During
the 2001 season, Miller recorded 81 tackles, along with 13 sacks, an
interception and 4 forced fumbles. For his efforts, Miller earned a trip to
the Pro Bowl.
The Ravens and Frank Sanders
have made no progress in negotiations on a
deal that would bring the free agent wideout to Baltimore, and with the
Ravens unsure when a deal will be completed, it now appears Sanders'
former team is ready to step up efforts to retain him. A radio station in
Phoenix reported Friday that Rod Graves, Arizona's Vice President of
football operations, plans to speak to Sanders this weekend. The 30
product visited the Ravens complex on March 21 and spoke
very highly of what he saw, telling reporters "If I needed to make a
decision today, it wouldn't be hard, because the organization has sold
The Ravens have rescinded their tender to restricted free agent
, making the linebacker an unrestricted free agent.
"We thought it was best for him to explore other options at this
point," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. Coming off a strong
training camp, Taylor started the first two games of last season.
However, he was soon replaced by Cornell Brown in the starting lineup,
and had little playing time down the stretch of the season.
Four weeks before the NFL draft, the Ravens are trying to come to a
consensus on a divided issue. Team officials are debating whether to
use the 10th overall pick on University of California
Boller. The Ravens scheduled a private workout on March 27 to
determine whether he's a franchise quarterback or a one-year wonder.
Boller is one of the fastest rising prospects after impressive
off-season workouts and, in some league personnel directors' eyes, has
risen into that elite quarterback tier with Southern California's
-- who is expected to be taken in the top five -- or
Marshall's Byron Leftwich
. At this point, the Ravens' organization is
split, with some favoring Leftwich while others lean toward Boller.
But that decision could be resolved in a couple of days, when general
manager Ozzie Newsome, coach Brian Billick, player personnel director
Phil Savage and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh have a first-hand
look at Boller. "I don't know that it's indicative of any
increased interest," Billick said. "We've said from the get-go
there are viable choices at No. 10." The Ravens are not locked into
taking a quarterback in the first round, but it would add fill a need
as well as long-term insurance behind Chris Redman
, who is coming off
back surgery. Other possibilities could easily include players from
the second tier like Washington State
cornerback Marcus Trufant
defensive tackle Kevin Williams
. Drafting a wide
receiver with the top pick is a long shot but not out of the question.
If the Ravens end up selecting a quarterback, they might not have a
choice on draft day. The Cincinnati
Bengals (first pick), the Chicago
Bears (fourth), the Dallas
Cowboys (fifth) and the Carolina
(ninth) all could be looking at taking a quarterback in the first
round. But one quarterback should slip to the 10th pick, with the
smart money on Boller. A projected second- or third-round pick during
the college season, Boller caught the scouts' attention with a strong
Senior Bowl and then wowed them by running the 40-yard dash in 4.59
seconds. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Boller raised his stock further
during his on-campus workout earlier this month for NFL scouts and
coaches, which included Cavanaugh. During his 100-throw display, he
launched one pass on the run more than 70 yards in the air and put an
exclamation point on the day when he took a knee at midfield and
launched a pass that sailed between the goal posts 60 yards away.
"He's athletic and has a strong personality," Billick said.
"He has all the measurables as does Palmer and Leftwich." To be
included in that class, Boller has had to shake off the one-year
wonder label. In his first three years in college, he never completed
more than half of his throws. But in his first season under new Cal
coach Jeff Tedford
, Boller he threw for 2,815 yards and 28 touchdowns
last year. "His No. 1 forte is his arm strength," Savage said.
"But he's has had just one year that you would quantify as