Welcome to the slowest six weeks of the NFL calendar, when players are soaking up their last days of off-season before training camp begins in late July. With that being said, let’s take a look at the three other AFC North teams and their respective outlooks post-spring activities.


The Ravens made a splash in early June when they signed veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin to a two-year contract. Maclin, previously cut by the Chiefs, provides Joe Flacco with a versatile weapon on the outside that, judging by the last three years, still should have a lot left at age 29. Although Maclin finished with career lows last season in receptions (44), yards (536) and touchdowns (two), he was playing with a torn groin for a majority of the season and missed four games. When healthy, however, Maclin posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with the Eagles and Chiefs in 2014 and 2015, averaging 14 yards per catch with 35 receptions of 20 yards or more. The Ravens ranked 12th in passing yards per game last season, averaging less than 257 yards.

The Ravens were bitten by injury during OTAs. Veteran tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a hip injury in practice on a non-contact play. Pitta has a history of serious hip injuries, and his career may be over. In addition to Pitta, cornerback Tavon Young suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season. Wide receiver Michael Campanaro, defensive lineman Carl Davis and cornerback Sheldon Price are all also nursing injuries suffered during OTAs.

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