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PALM BEACH, Fla. — John Harbaugh said the Baltimore Ravens are still interested in reserve linebacker and special-teams contributor Isaiah Ekejuiba, who visited last week. Ekejuiba is recovering from shoulder surgery, which precluded the Ravens from signing him last week. … The Ravens are encouraged about the progress of wide receiver Torrey Smith (sports hernia) and cornerback Cary Williams (hip) following offseason surgeries. …

Although the Ravens signed Considine, Harbaugh said the Ravens still want to add another safety for depth. They have Emanuel Cook under contract. … Harbaugh still wants more from the offense. “I’d like to get more first downs,” he said. “I’d like to take a little pressure off the defense. I want us to score more points.“ …

The Ravens tried to acquire return specialist Ted Ginn, but he opted to return to the San Francisco 49ers on a one-year deal. So, kick returner remains a priority with David Reed recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “We definitely think we could add a returner,” Harbaugh said. “We want to put some competition in there. We tried to do it in the offseason and it hasn’t worked out so far.” The draft is the most likely option for the Ravens to bolster the return game with Ginn no longer available. “There’s not a lot of guys out there that have that kick-return ability right now,” Harbaugh said. “It went well with Ted. He’s got an injury situation. He’s coming off a knee surgery. Obviously for him, the one-year deal that he got made that valuable to him. We liked him a lot. We would have loved to have had him.” …

The Ravens met with defensive end Mark Anderson one day before he signed a $27.5 million contract with the Buffalo Bills. Pass rushers tend to be expensive and there are no longer many quality ones available. “Your point is that pass rushing is a very valuable position and they’re gone,” Harbaugh said. “Probably more of our attention is toward developing our guys and toward the draft.” …

Harbaugh defended Flacco, who has a stoic personality outwardly that masks his intensity. “He’s a fiery, hard-nosed competitive guy, but I don’t think he’s one of those guys where it plays out on camera,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t even worry about that. Joe’s a competitive guy. The way he played in that last game obviously made a big statement. He’s still going to hit his stride. He’s ascending as a player. In my mind, I think Joe Flacco will be a premier quarterback in the National Football League. I think he will win championships. That’s how I look at Joe. There’s really no doubt in my mind that’s going to happen, but we will see.” …

Harbaugh said he agrees with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s punishment of the New Orleans Saints for their illegal bounty program, which has led to the suspension for the entire season of coach Sean Payton. “I support the league," Harbaugh said. "Sean’s a great friend. We worked together in Philly. I think he’s a great coach and he’ll be back winning a bunch of football games, but I respect what the league did, I respect what Roger did. I think it sends a message. It sends a strong message, it’s smart, it’s courageous and it’s the right thing to do. I know one thing, me like everyone else will fight like crazy to make sure that that’s not an issue in the future. It’s an important statement to make and player safety is the No. 1 issue. Integrity of the game is important.”

 

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Aaron Wilson

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson

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