About Brian Bower

Brian Bower

Brian Bower is avid football fan who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past two years for FootballNewsNow.com. His work has been featured on NFL.com and ESPN blogs. He is also a regular guest on ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii.   Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter.  Email him at bbower at russellstreetreport.com.

Tom Hammock Adds Spark to Ravens Running Game

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Valuable time and resources have been spent this offseason revamping the Ravens running game to ensure that the  same dismal rushing attack that brought the team’s offense to its knees in 2013 doesn’t happen again. They adjusted player personnel to fix the offensive line, hired the “running back whisperer” Gary Kubiak to fix the schemes and even took a flier on prominent college running back coach Thomas Hammock to replace Wilbert Montgomery, who mysteriously decided to seek other opportunities elsewhere after last season. As the Ravens enter their third week...

Ravens 53-man Roster Forecast 1.0

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With two weeks of training camp firmly in the books along with the Ravens first preseason game of the year, Dev Panchwagh and I are putting on our General Manager and head coaching hats as we forecast the Ravens 53-man roster. The next few weeks will prove to be pivotal for as many as 40 players unless they do something between now and August 26 when the team will make their first cuts.   OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice Squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: While the Ravens...

CAMP NOTES: Kaepernick praises Flacco, Suggs

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“Iron sharpens iron” has been the phrase of the last three days as the Ravens hosted the 49ers for their first ever joint practice in the organization’s history. Each team embraced the same goal — to get better! “You could never replicate … I feel like we had a week-plus worth of work in, and it’s not just because of the tempo or the attention to detail, which is part of it. It’s the fact that you see schemes that you’re not going to see,” head coach John Harbaugh stated...

CAMP NOTES: Smith Lets His Play, Not Fists do The Talking

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The Ravens offense ended their three day joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers on a good note keeping the heavily vaunted 49ers defense guessing, a feat not cheapened by the fact that both teams were in shorts and shells. Gary Kubiak’s heavy utilization of the tight end position was on full display throughout practice as Owen Daniels, Crockett Gillmore and Phillip Supernaw were all on the receiving end of multiple passes from all three Ravens quarterbacks. Fan favorite Dennis Pitta (ankle) returned to practice after sitting out on Sunday...

CAMP NOTES: Ravens Rookie Defenders Stay Busy

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The Baltimore Ravens wrapped up the last of their three joint practices with the 49ers on Monday under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Today’s practice had a much different feel to it than the last two days as both teams were donned in shorts and shells more like an OTA practice than the end of week two of training camp.Perhaps it was yesterday’s season ending injury to defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore or both teams were drained from two days of non stop competing against...

CAMP NOTES: Taliaferro Shines, Pass Protection Stays Solid

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On a day that saw the Ravens defense take hit with injuries, the offense made it through without incident. Tight end Dennis Pitta was held out of practice for precautionary reasons that head coach John Harbaugh described to be a “tweak of his leg” sustained during yesterday’s first of three joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers. Also sitting out practice on Sunday was backup right guard Ryan Jensen, who was banged up during an 11-on-11 series on Saturday. Jensen did return to practice after missing just a few series...

CAMP NOTES: Defense Loses 2 to Injury, 1 for Season

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The Ravens wrapped up their second of three joint practices with the 49ers on Sunday under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. “Iron sharping iron” continued as the Ravens are six days away from their second preseason game when they take on the Cowboys in Dallas. Donned in pads for the second straight day, unfortunately, injuries, not on-field play, were the big story today. Cornerback Asa Jackson limped off the field with trainers in the middle of practice with what appeared to be a right...

CAMP NOTES: Elam, Secondary Struggle vs. 49ers

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The Ravens’ first string secondary certainly didn’t have their best day of practice on Saturday as the Ravens and 49ers kicked off their first of three joint practices between the two teams. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick feasted on the Ravens defensive backfield, taking advantage of both Chykie Brown and second-year player Matt Elam. Elam was beaten on several plays across the middle of the field by the big-bodied 49er receiving unit. Brown had another up and down day at the office, giving up some long pass plays but came up...

CAMP NOTES: First Team Offense Solid vs. 49ers

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The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers kicked off their first of three joint practices together under sunny conditions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Saturday. With both teams donning full pads, practice began with joint warm-ups before players broke down in to individual drills with their respective teams. The Ravens’ first team offense picked up where they left off on Thursday night, moving the ball with ease against the 49ers first team defense. While neither team was hitting hard it was easy to see...

Counting on Youngsters to Reestablish Defensive Dominance

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The Baltimore Ravens have always been known for their dominating style of defense. The approach of wearing opposing offenses down late in the game due to their aggressive, hard-hitting, smash-mouth style of play has long been a staple of purple-and-black football, and has resulted in many, many victories. While the 2013 defense wasn’t what we’ve come to expect, they held their own in many ways. Despite the lack of offense that often forced the defense to take extended reps last season, the Ravens’ defense still managed to rank in the Top...

CAMP NOTES: Chykie Redeems Himself, Daryl Smith Returns

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As the Ravens concluded their last open practice on Monday night in preparation for their first preseason game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, the defense – more precisely, the secondary – is a work in progress. After having a rough week of practice, cornerback Chykie Brown was impressive both during one-on-one and 11-on-11 drills. Brown has battled back hard after spending much of the first two weeks not only being burned by opposing wide receivers, but also being a short-lived resident in Coach Harbaugh’s doghouse. Brown was...

CAMP NOTES: Running Game on Point, Wenning Improves

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The Baltimore Ravens concluded their last open-to-the-public practice of 2014 training camp with practice being held under the lights at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. In preparation for Thursday nights game against the San Francisco 49ers, third string quarterback Keith Wenning had his best practice yet by far. Throughout the first two weeks of camp, Wenning, the Ravens 2014 sixth-round draft pick, has been anything but spectacular. His arm strength was on full display last night, something that hasn’t been seen on the practice field up until now....

CAMP RECAP: Receiving Corps Standing Out

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The Ravens will wrap up their second full week of training camp tonight at the Navy-Marine Corp Stadium in Annapolis for the last open practice of the summer. Two weeks into training camp, a few story lines have emerged on each side of the football.   HIGHLIGHTS Receivers The wide receiver corp had a standout week with Steve Smith Sr., Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith each having stand-out days throughout the week. Watching Smith Sr. run routes is a thing of beauty. Each rep is crisper than the previous...

CAMP NOTES: Suggs With the Quote of the Day

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The defense was again rough and tough donned in pads and made the offense earn every play on Sunday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. With cornerback Lardarius Webb out with a back issue, Asa Jackson got the reps once again with the first team defense. The extended reps for Jackson are proving pivotal for the young cornerback who is making every snap count. The 5-10 back had another nice practice on Sunday doing a solid job of turning his head and locating the football in coverage....

CAMP NOTES: Flacco’s Passion on Display

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The Ravens hit the practice field once again in pads on Sunday under cloudy skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The new run blocking system installed by Gary Kubiak was on full display with each member of the starting offensive line progressing smoothly. Newly signed center Jeremy Zuttah showed exactly why the Ravens opted to trade a 2015 draft pick to acquire the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer. On several run blocking drills during 7 on 7 and 11 on 11, Zuttah consistently spread the defensive line...

CAMP NOTES: Jones Shines on an Offensively Dull Day

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The Ravens offense didn’t turn in their finest day of training camp on Saturday as the defense dominated the day but there were a few bright spots as the team continues to install Gary Kubiak’s new offense. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones’ history and experience with Gary Kubiak is certainly translating to the practice field this summer. Jones, who played with Kubiak in Houston once again turned in an outstanding day. One play after safety Omar Brown broke up a pass intended for Jones, the speedy receiver made an impressive double...

CAMP NOTES: Defense Dominates Despite Brown’s Struggles

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The Ravens donned the pads for practice under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Saturday. The defensive side of the football ruled the roost in a fiery practice, with several of the big names on defense having an impressive day. Linebacker Terrell Suggs stood out, disrupting the Ravens offensive line which featured Ryan Jensen and A.Q. Shipley as Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda were not present for practice. Suggs was key in pressuring Flacco and Taylor and recorded two sacks during 11 on 11...

CAMP NOTES: Suggs Leads Injury-Depleted Defense

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The defense took to the practice field on Friday with a different look than the past few days. The injury bug has bitten the defensive unit hard two weeks into training camp. The Ravens lost rookie Brent Urban for the season with a torn ACL, rookie Timmy Jernigan again missed practice with a back issue, veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb is still out with back spasms and Daryl Smith is still suffering from a groin issue. Jimmy Smith missed practice on Friday as well but there was no indication of injury –...

CAMP NOTES: Deonte & Jacoby Put on a Show

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On a dreary Friday morning, the Ravens took to the field under cloudy skies for another early practice at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The battle for the one or possibly two roster spots at the wide receiver position is heating up between Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken and undrafted rookie Jeremy Butler. Thompson has had a resurgence over the past two days and put on a nice display of speed and solid hands throughout 11-on-11 drills today. Thompson and quarterback Joe Flacco connected on two long touchdowns,...

CAMP NOTES: Urban Tears His ACL

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Several veterans were given the day off on defense as the Ravens held an early morning practice at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills including Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata. One player who did however play what seemed like every snap on both the first team defense and second team defense was linebacker Elvis Dumervil.  Dumervil did make some nice plays and found himself in the second team offense’s backfield on more than one occasion. With neither Suggs nor Daryl Smith (groin) in attendance on Thursday,  the combination...
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