Pollard: 'We Expect To Be Great'
GORRER RELEASED; UPDATED CONTRACT CHART
By Joe Platania
OWINGS MILLS -- One would think that Labor Day would mean a more laid-back vibe at the Under Armour Performance Center.
After all, the Ravens had a walk-through that was closed to the media, and head coach John Harbaugh is not scheduled to speak until Tuesday.
Gregarious strong safety Bernard Pollard -- the team's Media Good Guy Award winner in 2011 -- came to the podium with his usual smile and laid-back manner.
But he had a serious message to impart.
"We expect to be great," Pollard said Monday morning as the team began preparations for the regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals (8 p.m., Sept. 10; WJZ-TV, ESPN; WIYY-FM).
"It's time to put up or shut up," Pollard said. "We love the fact that we could put fear [in opposing offenses], but we like it when our offense can score points.
"We love hitting people, because that's what we're all about."
The Ravens will have someone new with whom they can attack offenses, newly signed safety James Ihedigbo (ee-HEAD-ee-boh). Cornerback Danny Gorrer was released to get the team back down to the 53-man roster limit.
"[Gorrer] was my boy," Pollard said. "But this is the business side of it. If we get that phone call, we have to bounce back."
Including the 11 players currently on injured reserve and the two on the Physically Unable To Perform list (receiver David Reed and linebacker Terrell Suggs), the Ravens have 66 players under contract as of Monday afternoon.
The following chart does not include the statuses of those on the eight-man practice squad, which was constructed during the weekend.
That squad includes five players the Ravens originally signed, who went through training camp and the preseason with the team. They are: second-year running back and former seventh-round pick Anthony Allen, rookie offensive linemen Antoine McClain and Jack Cornell, second-year linebacker Josh Bynes and undrafted rookie safety Omar Brown.
The three additions from elsewhere were Green Bay safety Anthony Levine, Dallas outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton and Pittsburgh quarterback Dennis Dixon, who started and lost a 20-17 overtime game against the Ravens in 2009 at M&T Bank Stadium.
BALTIMORE RAVENS CONTRACT STATUS CHART
(year indicates final season of contract)
QB Joe Flacco, S Ed Reed, TE Ed Dickson, TE Dennis Pitta, TE Billy Bajema, TE Matt Balasavage, TE Bruce Figgins, RB Bobby Rainey, RB Damien Berry, WR Deonte Thompson, WR LaQuan Williams, WR David Reed, T Ramon Harewood, T Bryant McKinnie, G Justin Boren, NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu, NT Ryan McBean, DL Arthur Jones, DL Bryan Hall, LB Paul Kruger, LB Sergio Kindle, LB Albert McClellan, LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB Darryl Blackstock, LB Stevie Baggs, S Emanuel Cook, S Sean Considine, CB Cary Williams, LS Morgan Cox
WR Anquan Boldin, WR Jacoby Jones, T Michael Oher, G Bobbie Williams, FB Vonta Leach, NT Terrence Cody, CB Corey Graham, DE Michael McAdoo
C Matt Birk, LB Terrell Suggs, LB Brendon Ayanbadejo, LB Jameel McClain, CB Jimmy Smith, WR Torrey Smith, T Jah Reid, WR Tandon Doss, DE Pernell McPhee, CB Chykie Brown, QB Tyrod Taylor, K Justin Tucker
DT Haloti Ngata, LB Ray Lewis, G/T Marshal Yanda, S Bernard Pollard, P Sam Koch, LB Courtney Upshaw, G/T Kelechi Osemele, RB Bernard Pierce, G/C Gino Gradkowski, S Christian Thompson, CB/RS Asa Jackson, WR Tommy Streeter, DE DeAngelo Tyson
RB Ray Rice
CB Lardarius Webb
CONTRACT LENGTH UNKNOWN
S James Ihedigbo, LB Ricky Brown
Posted Sept. 3, 2012