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.

Mosley Impresses, But Injury Bug Bites Other Rookies

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Following a players’ day off Tuesday, the team returned to practice on Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. With just eight days remaining until their first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens, under sunny skies, took to the field starting at 1 p.m. to begin week two of training camp. The Ravens linebacking unit had a different look today, with C.J. Mosley taking over for veteran Daryl Smith, who missed practice for unknown reasons. Mosley had another stand out day, disrupting the Ravens offense...

Highlights & Disappointments from Week 1 of Camp

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Training camp is a little under a week old and the Baltimore Ravens are progressing as expected. There have been highs and lows as there are each and every year, but for all the offseason issues facing a team that went 8-8 and missed the postseason for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh, things are going very well so far. The team is focused on making every rep count. Here is a look at some of those highs and lows:   Highlights Quarterback Joe Flacco has the offense...

CAMP NOTES: Smith & Smith Cross Examine Defense

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The offense took the field intent on sharpening their skills in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s new system. It is easy to see that the Kubiak offense certainly is tight end friendly. Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels and Crockett Gillmore were used early and often during practice on Monday night. All three exhibited their pass catching skills along with their blocking ability during pass rush drills. Gillmore seemingly picked up where he left off on Sunday looking the part of a true run blocker. The Ravens running backs enjoyed a nice evening...

CAMP NOTES: McPhee Shines While Jackson Makes a Move

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On Monday evening, the Ravens took to the field at M&T Bank Stadium for their first of three open practices of training camp. Over 28,000 Ravens fans got their first look at the 90 players hoping to make the final cut prior to the season kicking off in September. In an even practice between the offense and defense several players stood out including another solid day for Pernell McPhee. The 6-3, 280 pound McPhee once again found himself in the Ravens offensive backfield on multiple occasions. Quick off the snap,...

Young Linebackers Impress as the Pads Go On

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The Ravens defense had some ups and downs on Saturday afternoon as the Ravens were in full pads for the first time this training camp. Cornerback Chykie Brown had a disappointing day in the Ravens defensive backfield, getting beat by wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Steve Smith Sr. Brown allowed receivers to get past him on multiple occasions on passes from both Joe Flacco and Tyrod Taylor. Time will tell if the ultimate third cornerback for the season is currently on the roster or not. Notes & Observations Rookie linebacker...

Offense Improves, but Pierce Leaves Practice Early

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On Saturday, the Ravens hit the practice field for their first padded practice of training camp under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The offense turned in a solid outing, looking faster, stronger and in sync which was a a huge improvement over Friday’s practice. Notes & Observations Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro turned in a nice day at practice making several catches including an impressive grab on the sideline from quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Running back Ray Rice looked impressive in pads during 11-on-11 drills....

Unanswered Questions in Defensive Backfield

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The 2013 season for the Ravens has long been in the rear view for many Ravens fans, but especially for the players. For them, it is always better to look ahead to next season than dwell on the many things that contributed to an unsuccessful season the year before. For the coaching staff, however, it is different. They are tasked with finding out what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how it went wrong. These are all things that keep those football minds up late at night. For the...

Few Bright Spots on Bad Day for Offense

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Just one day removed from stealing the show on the first day of training camp, Joe Flacco and the entire Ravens offense struggled during day two. Quarterback hurries, forced throws and dropped balls were a constant theme for the offense as they continue to install new coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. There were a few bright spots in a rough day but they were few and far between. Notes & Observations Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore had an up-and-down day, catching some difficult passes but struggling at times with blocking. Backup...

Defensive Redemption on Day 2 of Practice

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The Baltimore Ravens kicked off their second full team practice of training camp on Friday morning under sunny skies. After a rough morning yesterday during practice, the Ravens defensive side of the football stole the show on Friday. The efforts of the defense looked as if they were in mid-season form. Boisterous voices could be heard from the sidelines including head coach John Harbaugh, who loudly showed his disdain for the offense during 7-7 drills and 11-11 drills. More Notes & Observations Safety Matt Elam put in a nice day...

Ngata Feels Great As His Ninth Training Camp Begins

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If you have been paying attention to the Ravens offseason activities and minicamps, you are familiar with how many pundits are preaching about the team’s speed on defense. The players on said defense are certainly starting to take notice as well. Veteran nose tackle Haloti Ngata is one of many that is thoroughly impressed with the influx of young talent the Ravens now have on the defensive side of the football. “When I turn around and see these guys friggin’ sprinting to the ball, it’s just amazing,” Ngata stated when...

Cornerback Position Has a Rough Day

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The Ravens lack of depth at cornerback took another blow on Thursday as the team announced that Dominique Franks was unable to practice due to a failed conditioning test. To make matters worse free agent cornerback Aaron Ross suffered a torn Achilles while taking his conditioning test. Signed during the team’s minicamp, Franks and Ross were brought in to compete for the vacant nickel cornerback position in light of Corey Graham’s departure via free agency. Until Franks returns, it appears as if Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown are the clear...

Steve Smith Beats Webb For 70-yd TD

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The Baltimore Ravens held their first full team practice under cloudy skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills early on Thursday morning. With the music rocking and rolling, the players, donned in their shorts and helmets spent a portion of the morning going through their normal drills with position coaches before conducting their 11 on 11 drills. The uptempo of the Ravens offense was on display as Joe Flacco and company continue to install new components. Steve Smith Keeps Impressing Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. continued...

CAMP NOTES: Steve Smith Sr. Knows His Role

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If there was ever a football player that was destined to be a Raven, that player would have to be new wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. “I love the personality. It’s not really about how you say it; it’s about what you do, and that’s the part I love about it. I’m not really concerned more about the perception,” Smith Sr. stated at the podium on Wednesday. “It’s more about what’s going on. So, that’s the thing that I love about it – what’s really going on, what are we...

Camp Notes: Suggs Says Last Season Was a Rude Awakening

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Terrell Suggs isn’t happy about the way the Ravens 2013 season played out. “When we all left, we all felt like we all kind of let each other down,” Suggs commented when asked about last season’s disappointment. “It was definitely a rude awakening. It sucks. It sucks. You just have to watch teams compete and teams that you played get the opportunity to win a championship. It sucks, and it’s definitely something we don’t want to feel again.” The Ravens spent much of the offseason after the 2012 season upgrading...

Flacco Confident 2014 Will be Better

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For quarterback Joe Flacco 2013 was a disappointing season to say the very least. In 2013, Flacco set career highs in passing yards (3,912) along with passing attempts (614), but also in interceptions (22) as well, while throwing for just 19 touchdowns. Some will say that his careers highs were a byproduct of an inept running game while others will say it was his offensive line giving him zero protection as he was sacked a career high 48 times. Both are valid points indeed. Joe certainly isn’t without fault as the former...

CAMP NOTES: Mosley Ready to Make an Impact

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Less than a year removed from his playing days at Alabama, rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley is happy to be back on the football field in preparation for the regular season. Throughout OTA’s and minicamp, the Ravens first-round draft pick has looked like a rookie who is ready to make an impact for the team in 2014. As training camp opened up on Tuesday for rookies, quarterbacks and veterans returning with injuries, Mosley has seemingly picked up where he left off. While the youngster realizes it’s a learning process, the two-time...

CAMP NOTES: QBs, Rookies & Injured Vets Get Started!

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Quarterbacks, rookies and those veterans returning from injuries took to the field today as the Ravens kicked off their 2014 training camp under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland. Wearing just shorts and pads along with helmets, the players went through their drills much like they did throughout OTAs and minicamp last month. Two returning veterans to hit the practice field today were running back Bernard Pierce (shoulder) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf). Pierce, who was limited in offseason activities after having shoulder surgery...

The Ravens Need Suggs to Lead

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For years we have been entertained by linebacker Terrell Suggs. Like many of us, Suggs shares the same disdains for the many NFL teams we love to hate. Whether it was the famous t-shirt he donned with a Raven flipping off Steelers fans or the pregame fan torment in New England during the Ravens championship run, Suggs never disappoints. While 2013 was an up and down year for Terrell Suggs, the veteran linebacker started off strong looking like an early Defensive Player of the Year candidate leading the team in...

Rookie Michael Campanaro Joins “Deacon Club”

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro has only been a member of the organization for a few short months. While he prepares to try to make his first impacts on an NFL field, he continues to make an impact off the field for his Alma mater Wake Forest University. Campanaro, the Clarksville, Maryland native, who played for the Demon Deacons prior to being selected by the Ravens in the 2014 NFL draft recently became a member of the Wake Forest University Deacon Club. The mission of the Deacon club is...

Might Le’Ron McClain Draw The Ravens’ Interest?

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With training camp around the bend, roster spots are jammed pack with camp bodies, all of which are hoping to impress enough this summer to earn a spot on an NFL roster, particularly the Ravens roster. On the flip side of the young guns vying for roster spots are those veteran players that have yet to find a team to call home. Call them insurance polices if you will — ready to step in and assist any way they can, providing liability coverage at the position if someone catches the injury...