Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TJ Houshmandzadeh impressed by Jimmy Smith

OWINGS MILLS -- Veteran NFL wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has been working out with Baltimore Ravens rookie Jimmy Smith in California, and he has come away impressed with the imposing cornerback.

The Ravens drafted the 6-foot-2, 212-pounder from Colorado in the first round in April.

"He's a big kid," said Houshmandzadeh, who played for the Ravens last season. "He's works hard. Yeah, I like him. He works hard. I talk to him a lot. He asks me about the Ravens and I told him he couldn't have got on his knees and prayed to wind up on a better team. He is very lucky to be drafted for the Ravens. It gets no better."

An unrestricted free agent, Houshmandzadeh wishes he could return. He acknowledged that he's unlikely to be back.

"It just sucks that I was only able to play one year there," Houshmandzadeh said. "Top to bottom, it's great there. Steve Bisciotti is unreal as an owner. It's almost like he's too cool to be an owner. Ozzie Newsome is really cool. I really thought highly of John Harbaugh. I just wish I could have made some more plays."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Derrick Mason calls Joe Flacco the Ravens' Michael Jordan

In what's getting to be a familiar exercise this offseason, veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason stuck up for quarterback Joe Flacco.

In the wake of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley predicting the Ravens will never get to the Super Bowl with Flacco under center, Mason defended Flacco with a touch of hyperbole.

"Flacco is our Jordan," Mason told ESPN. "He's our Michael Jordan."

A big basketball fan from Detroit, Mason compared the Ravens-Steelers rivalry to the battles between the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons. The Bulls won six NBA titles after initially struggling to combat the Pistons' bullying brand of basketball.

"They've had our number for the last couple years," Mason said of the Steelers. "I equate it to the Chicago Bulls, they couldn't beat the Pistons, and then they finally beat the Pistons."

What's with all the trash talking in the offseason during a lockout?

"You can talk all you want during the offseason," Mason said. "No one plays the game, no one hits, during the offseason."

True, indeed.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ravens' Allen disappointed by ties to a porn event

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens rookie running back Anthony Allen distanced himself from an upcoming pornography event that used his name on promotional materials without his permission.

The seventh-round draft pick from Georgia Tech issued the following statement through his agents:

"I wanted to clarify an event that took place on May 20th at Club Play in Florida. I lent my name in conjunction to a party which I believed to be hosted by other NFL players. I had no knowledge and never would have given any authority in any way for my name to be associated with
Exxxotica 2011. I am deeply disappointed that my name was manipulated by the promoters of this event. I am truly sorry that this has occurred."