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.

Osemele Picking Up Monroe’s Slack

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Believe it or not the Ravens still have a football game on Thursday night against their AFC North rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the rest of the media world is astir with the team parting ways with Rice on Monday afternoon, the Ravens are focused on avoiding a 0-2 start to their 2014 season, and more importantly 0-2 in the division. It’s too early for “must win” scenario, yet losing two-straight at home will only make the current hole much harder to crawl out of. All the offseason talk surrounding...

Dropped Passes Loom Large in Opener Loss

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The Ravens offense opened their 2014 campaign seemingly right where they left off in 2013. Much was made not only over the last week, but over the entire offseason about the Ravens not being allowed to start games out slow, yet they found themselves stuck in idle once again on Sunday. Boneheaded quarterback plays, turnovers and dropped passes all played a part in allowing Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to earn his first ever victory at M&T Bank Stadium. “Offensively, we just couldn’t get it done,” Steve Smith, Sr. stated after...

Local Product Campanaro Ready for NFL Debut

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NFL players have often told me that, between the nerves and the energy of the crowd and teammates, stepping on the field for the first time is an experience that cannot be put into words. While those same players have been playing football from a young age, nothing can ever really prepare them for their first NFL game. Ravens rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro confirmed that notion when I caught up with him at the Baltimore Summer Football Festival presented by LGC Marketing on Friday evening. I asked Campanaro if he...

Canty Not Concerned with Defensive Line Depth

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When the Ravens originally took to the field this offseason, there was little concern over the depth of the their defensive line. However, things have a way of changing quickly in the NFL. As we found out during training camp, they did exactly that, as the team lost both second-year defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore and rookie defensive lineman Brent Urban for the year due to injuries in July. Entering Sunday’s game against the Bengals, the Ravens have only five defensive lineman on the roster, or six if the team opts...

New O.C. Jackson Presents Challenge for Pees

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It’s no secret  that when the Ravens battle the Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the defense led by coordinator Dean Pees will have their work cut out for them. For a defense, the first game of the season is perhaps the hardest game of the year to prepare for, as opposing offenses show little insight into their playbooks throughout the preseason. “You can study the personnel, because the personnel doesn’t really change,” Pees said at the podium following practice on Thursday. “You can even watch a guy...

Kubiak Impressed With Progress From ‘Juice’

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In just three days the Ravens will finally get to show how their upgrades on the offensive side of the football will translate to the field when they host the Bengals on Sunday afternoon. There have been plenty of occasions throughout minicamp, training camp and the preseason where we have seen hints and clues as to what to expect from new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, but certainly nothing compares to a regular season atmosphere. During his tenure in Houston, Kubiak’s Texans earned their Top 6 all-time offensive outputs in scoring, total offense...

“This is Forever My City,” Lewis Says As Statue Unveiled

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Ray Lewis made his mark on Baltimore both on and off the field over the course of his 17-year NFL career. Each and every Sunday, Lewis provided a spark on the football not just with his Pro Bowl caliber of play but also with his ability to lead. Teammates and fans alike would gladly follow him to battle and they fed off of every word the two-time Super Bowl Champion uttered. While Lewis may no longer be suiting up for the Ravens on Sundays at M&T Bank Stadium, his legacy...

Flacco Ready to Roll, Pierce Happy & Healthy

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When the Ravens open their season on Sunday against the team that essentially knocked them out of the postseason last year for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh, all eyes will be on quarterback Joe Flacco and the new offense. Flacco, who is entering his seventh season under center for the Ravens understand the importance of getting the season started with a bang, considering that the team starts with three straight games against division foes. The former Super Bowl MVP is looking for his 28th win at home in...

Ravens sign CB Fleming, release Olatoye

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The Ravens opted for experience albeit minor over youth early Wednesday when the team announced the signing of cornerback Jamell Fleming to the practice squad. Fleming, a 2012 third-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals is the latest addition to a Ravens squad that is apparently still searching for depth at the cornerback position. After failing to make an impact with Arizona, given their polar opposite problems of the Ravens at cornerback, Arizona released Fleming who found a home in Jacksonville for the 2013 season. In 2012, Fleming recorded 23...

PRACTICE NOTES: Bynes Released, Webb & J. Smith Return

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As the Ravens prepare this week to open the the 2014 NFL season against the Cincinnati Bengals, they do so with all 53 players on the practice field, a good sign everyone is healthy and ready to go. Perhaps most important of all the players that returned to practice were cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith, who were suited up as the team held their first open practice of game week. With the considerable depth concerns in the Ravens’ secondary heading into Week 1, the organization made a move prior...

Elam Hosts Celebratory Kickoff Party at Modell’s

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With the Ravens kickoff to their 2014 season against the Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium just days away, safety Matt Elam could not be more excited to get the season underway. In fact, on Sunday afternoon, the second-year safety hosted a celebratory kickoff party for fans at the Modell’s store in Parkville, Maryland. Elam was all smiles as he met with fans and signed autographs for over 100 people free of charge as he and Modell’s will partner up for multiple events throughout the season. Being able to give back...

Baltimore Loves an Underdog, Starring Fitz Toussaint

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Ravens fans have a long history of rooting for the underdog. We can’t help it, it’s in our blood. Perhaps it’s the blue collar history of Baltimore or the fact that we feel slighted by the good folks in the national media who only focus on the negatives involving our team. Whatever the case may be, there are occasions such as roster cut down day when this becomes a bit too excessive regarding the release of certain players. It happens every year, no one likes to see the organization part...

Urschel In: “It’s a Dream Come True”

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The Ravens faced some tough roster decisions today in regards to putting together their best 53 players who will battle each and every Sunday for their opportunity to win the Lombardi Trophy. As the team begins preparations for their week one match-up, the oft talked about offensive line is set and no one is happier to be a part of the team than rookie John Urschel. “Every team made some tough decisions today, the Ravens no exception,” Urschel stated at the podium on Saturday. “The fact that I’m still here...

Ravens Surprise Release: John Simon

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How much does the fourth preseason game determine the fate of players on the roster bubble? Apparently not much for second-year linebacker John Simon. Simon, the Ravens fourth round selection in 2013, turned in his best performance of the preseason in the Ravens 22-17 victory over the Saints on Thursday night. In the victory, Simon recorded two tackles and a sack to help the Ravens secure a perfect 4-0 record of preseason football. Perhaps his performance was a case of too little too late for the Ravens decision makers regarding...

Ravens and House of Ruth Enter 3-Year Partnership

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The Baltimore Ravens and the House of Ruth Maryland have launched a three-year community partnership, the team and House of Ruth Maryland announced on Thursday. The partnership hope to raise awareness by educating players and front office staff to be able to recognize the signs of abuse, understand how to respond, and know where to go for support. Per the House of Ruth Maryland press release, Over the next three years, the Baltimore Ravens will donate $600,000 to the House of Ruth Maryland towards this effort. In addition, the team will...

Who’s In?: Final 53-Man Roster Projection

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The Ravens wrapped up their preseason with a perfect 4-0 record by defeating the Saints 22-13 on Thursday night. More importantly than the win in the preseason finale were the players who were fighting for their spot on the coveted Ravens 53-man roster. Some players did exactly that while others failed to rise to the challenge. Find out who makes the final cut as Dev Panchwagh and I predict the Ravens final 53-man roster. OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: No changes to this...

Campanaro Set For Preseason Finale in NOLA

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For three years in high school, Ravens rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro dazzled on the football field under the Friday Night Lights at River Hill High School in a quiet section of Clarksville, Maryland. Campanaro, the three year varsity starter registered over 6,500 yards and 90 touchdowns including eight kick returns for touchdowns during his tenure at River Hill. After a successful high school career, Campanaro took his big play making abilities to Wake Forest University where he finished his Demon Deacon career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions...

Williams Models Game After Kelly Gregg

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“We don’t believe in windows. I don’t think you can build a team with the notion of ‘we have to win now,” Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta once said regarding how the team goes about building a successful franchise in the modern day NFL. After much thought given to DeCosta’s sentiments, no truer words have never been spoken regarding the season that lies ahead for the Ravens. As we all know draft picks are huge part of building an organization and can ultimately make or break a season or seasons to...

Is the Writing on the Wall for Deonte Thompson?

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“The Turk” will make an unwelcome appearance to several Ravens this week (Tuesday at the latest) as the team will reduce its roster from 90 players down to 75. There will be the obvious cuts involving players you have to Google to even know who they are or where they came from, but several that you’ve heard of – bubble players who failed to seize their opportunity – are also likely to be cut. One such player that could fall into the latter category is wide receiver Deonte Thompson. Thompson,...

Who Makes the Cut? – Roster Projection 3.0

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The Ravens wrapped up their third preseason game of 2014 on Saturday evening against Washington with a 23-17 victory. With the first round of roster cuts set to take place on August 26th,  Dev Panchwagh and I have set our roster projection 3.0. Roster Projection 3.0 OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: Wenning’s lack of play thus far in preseason has been a little mind boggling. The Ball State product looked as if he would be headed to the practice squad. Is there any...