The Falcons probably won’t overspend, but they’ll look to plug some holes on both lines while possibly looking into adding more targets for quarterback Matt Ryan. The one position to keep an eye on is guard. General manager Thomas Dimitroff implied the Falcons could be better suited to target that position in free agency rather than the draft after seeing the success they had in landing Pro Bowl center Alex Mack. The Falcons need to solidify the interior of the line next to Mack with a bona fide starter, or perhaps two, based on left guard Andy Levitre’s health. — Vaughn McClure
All indications point to the Ravens not being as active as fans might hope because Baltimore is projected to have only $10 million in cap space, which ranks among the worst in the NFL. But owner Steve Bisciotti said last month he isn’t worried about the current cap situation and that the Ravens can make a splash after restructuring contracts. A priority for Baltimore is upgrading the targets for quarterback Joe Flacco. That means adding a wide receiver and tight end to help improve the NFL’s No. 29 passing offense. — Jamison Hensley
No All-Star made quite as big a leap this year as Oladipo, who has not only become a bona fide No. 1 scoring option with an expanded shooting range, but has shown he can put a team with limited talent on his back and put it in position to earn a decent playoff spot.
So, for kids to come to our games and if they go out of their way to try to connect with me, I do feel a responsibility for the kids for sure because that might make or break their confidence or their spirit on that specific day. That’s my only opportunity to impact them in person. But I’m only one person and I can only do so much. So I’ve got to make sure I keep that balance.
The Golden Boy image is something he understands, but would rather shy away from. People look to him as a role model, but he cautions those who depend predominantly on him to be their source for what a model citizen looks like.
Obviously, nobody’s perfect and stuff is going to happen but I am who I am and I don’t feel any extra pressure to live up to people’s expectations, Curry said. They make comments saying, ‘Thank you for being a great role model.’ That’s a great compliment, and I get where parents are coming from when they’re looking at athletes in general to find people for their kids to emulate and parents need those kinds of presence to maybe connect with their kids, but for me, the biggest thing is that can’t be the benchmark. You have to have a consistent presence from family and parents based on real-life stuff, not just what they see on TV. That’s how I approach my life with my kids.