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.

Monroe: “What Happened Last Year Doesn’t Matter”

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The Ravens dodged what could have been a lethal bullet in their quest to fix the offensive line this offseason when the team was able to re-sign veteran Eugene Monroe. Brought to Baltimore initially in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars in October of 2013 to shore up the offensive line issues, Monroe is excited to finally have a full offseason in Baltimore instead of learning a new offense in-season. “It’s definitely a good situation to be here the entire offseason, knowing who you’re going to play with and getting...

Brown vs. Jackson Promises to be a Battle this Summer

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Much has been made about the opportunity Ravens cornerbacks Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown will have this offseason. After Corey Graham left via free agency, the Ravens chose not to address the open nickel cornerback position in the draft, opening the door for what promises to be an exciting competition this summer between these two young players. As of Wednesday however, there isn’t any clear cut leader at this point as both players took reps with the first team defense during the second round of offseason team activities. Brown and Jackson...

Zuttah Provides Needed Spark to Offensive Line

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When the Baltimore Ravens traded a fifth round draft pick in 2015 to acquire center Jeremy Zuttah from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the writing was on the wall for Gino Gradkowski in 2014. It was clear that the team wasn’t impressed with Gradkowski’s play last season – and rightfully so – but just how much of an upgrade is Zuttah over Gradkowski and why exactly did they opt for Zuttah over a number of available free agent centers? As the Ravens hosted their second round of OTA’s open to the...

Terrence Brooks Ready To Compete for Starting Spot

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There is no substitute for competition when it comes to pushing players to perform at their best day in and day out. Roster space is limited and regardless of where a player was drafted, his spot on the team certainly has to be earned and there are no guarantees. Even once one earns a starting spot, his learning of how to play the game and his position is a career-long process, with hungry competitors always eager to take that spot for themselves. Rookie third-round pick free safety Terrence Brooks, perhaps...

Justin Forsett Has Experience in Kubiak’s System

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When the Ravens signed running back Justin Forsett during the offseason they knew what kind of player they were getting with the journeyman back. With last season’s debacle involving the Ravens running game in the rear view mirror, the organization has made it very clear it’s something they vow to fix in 2014. The uncertainty at the position with Ray Rice facing disciplinary action from the league and backup Bernard Pierce still recovering from shoulder surgery in the offseason still however raise some questions at the position. One thing for...

Lardarius Webb Hosts Annual Charity Softball Game

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Football season is still a few months away but that didn’t stop Ravens fanatics on Sunday as they gathered at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Thousands of fans were on hand as cornerback Lardarius Webb held his annual charity softball game in partnership with the United Way and The Lardarius Webb Foundation to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Baltimore. The defense led by Webb along with a slew of his defensive teammates took on the Ravens offense led by wide receiver Torrey Smith in a fun filled...

Cut Flacco Some Slack…He’s Earned It

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco stays out of the limelight during the offseason as much as possible. In fact his lifestyle seems almost downright boring compared to us regular people let alone other NFL players who make the headlines in your local newspapers for all the wrong reasons. You won’t find Joe in the bars causing a stir.  You won’t find Joe “making it rain” in your local adult establishment. Trust me, in this day and age we would find out about it one way or another. This offseason alone is...

SPIDERMAN RETURNS: Webb Looks to Regain Form

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Happy, healthy and excited to be back on the field with his teammates certainly described Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb after yesterday’s practice. For Webb, OTA’s are something minor in the grand scheme of things however as he enters into his sixth year in the Ravens defensive backfield he’s happy just to be a part of it. “Practice is good, I’m glad. It’s kind of fun to get back with the guys,” Webb stated following practice. “[I’m] happy to see some of the faces around here. One thing, the guys are...

Age be Damned, ‘Senior’ Welcomes Doubters

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Age is merely but a number when it comes to new Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. The veteran wide receiver who turned 35 in May has no doubts about his ability to still play the game of football at a high level. Those who do doubt the veteran playmaker’s skills only add fuel to his desire to prove his critics wrong. “Competition! I love competition,” Smith Sr. remarked when asked about his age and why he strives to continue to improve himself. “Also, you know I would say you...

Solid Turnout for Ravens OTA’s, 3 MIA’s

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The Ravens wrapped up day two of their three-day voluntary OTA hitting the rain soaked fields outside at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. “We’ve had five weeks of preparing for these practices,” head coach John Harbaugh remarked about how the first OTA of the offseason has progressed. “We’ve had phase one and then phase two and I think the league and the union have done a really good job setting up a structure where you build the guys into these types of practices and now we’re at...

“Arthur Brown is going to be a difference maker”

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As my fellow colleague Logan Quick pointed out in his latest post “Heavyweight Title Fight: Mosley vs. Brown”, the Ravens will certainly have their share of competition at the linebacker position this summer particularly between C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown. During the recent Q&A session with Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta presented by Pressboxonline.com at Mothers Grille of Federal Hill, I had the opportunity to address this very topic with Eric. With his straight-to-the-point style, DeCosta admitted it probably sounds odd to some fans as the team opted to...

Ravens Host Celebrity Kickball Classic

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In honor of the Memorial Day weekend, Baltimore Raven wide receiver Marlon Brown along with safety Matt Elam hosted their first ever Celebrity Kickball Classic. The event, which was hosted by LGC Sports Marketing took place at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland with proceeds going to assist the Wounded Warrior Project. “It’s good giving back to the community and all the fans who take the time out and spend a lot of money to watch us,” Team Captain Matt Elam stated.  ”Just giving back to the community and making their...

Eric DeCosta: “We Don’t Believe in Windows”

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Every fanatical fan expects their team in the Super Bowl each and every year. As the Ravens – and 29 other teams – found out in 2013, that’s easier said than done. Whether it’s fans, front office personnel, or the media discussing teams, inevitably someone will use the term “window.” As in, teams have a “window” in which their current talent could conceivably win a Super Bowl. Realistically speaking, windows open and close every season, and it’s the responsibility of general mangers, assistant general managers and coaching staffs to assure...

Ravens Exec Pegs His Favorite Pick of 2014 Draft

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Every fan has their one pick in the draft each and every year they are excited about and can’t wait to see how that player will contribute on their favorite team. Even front office personnel share that same quality when it comes to that one player, as Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta pointed out on Tuesday evening at a Q&A session at Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, put on by PressBoxOnline.com. Just who exactly was DeCosta’s favorite pick of the Ravens in 2014? Defensive end Brent Urban. The fourth round...

Passing on Edelman, Ravens Opt For Edelman Lite

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Did the Ravens almost pull the trigger in free agency to acquire Julian Edelman? In an unprecedented move the Ravens opted to trade a 2015 sixth-round draft to the Browns in order to get back into the the seventh round to select WR Michael Campanaro. During a Q&A put on by PressBoxOnline.com Tuesday night at Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta made an interesting comment when addressing why the team decided on the move to get the Demon Deacon. “There was a guy that I really wanted us...

DeCosta Talks Center and Right Tackle Positions

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On Tuesday night at Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta addressed the team’s draft and hosted questions from the public and media in a Q&A session put on by PressBoxOnline.com. As always, Eric enlightened the crowd with some behind the scenes knowledge, providing his thoughts and opinions on player personnel and giving first hand accounts of the 2014 Ravens draft. One such account was addressing the issue of the offensive line, and more specifically the right tackle position. Who will man RT in 2014? “I don’t...

Jacoby Jones Foundation Improving Students’ Lives in Baltimore

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After dipping his toe in the free agent waters, wide receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones returned to the Ravens just over two months ago. It was clear when listening to him at his press conference upon his re-signing with the team his heart had never left Baltimore. On Tuesday, Jones, along with his Jacoby Jones Foundation, was and about in the community giving back to students from Margaret Brent Elementary, Deer Park Middle Magnet School and City Neighbors Charter School. Jones was on hand at the aforementioned schools to distribute over 300 digital...

Jernigan: “I’m here to play football”

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Some fans were seemingly scratching their heads when the Ravens used the 48th overall pick in the 2014 draft on defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan after selecting C.J. Mosley with their first pick. After all, for all the talk leading up to the draft had the organization focusing on adding offense after last season’s demise and with good reason. One thing that gets lost in the new NFL, where offense is taking over, is the fact that what good is scoring 35 if the opposition scores 36. It’s no secret the...

Rookies Continue to Impress During Minicamp

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As the Ravens rookies finished their first minicamp of 2014, head coach John Harbaugh reiterated comments he spoke about earlier this offseason when he implied a tougher offseason program was in store for the team. “I thought they did a really good job. We push them. We don’t slow them in and ease them in like some other teams do,” Harbaugh stated when he took the podium after practice. “We go right at it as much as we can. It’s not real football. It’s not tackling and all that, but...

Crockett Gillmore Gets Ready For Work With Ravens

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Many Ravens players through the years have often been known for their “bring the lunch pails to work”-type work ethic. Third-round draft pick tight end Crockett Gillmore seems to fit right into that mold. Gillmore, the 6-6 260-pound tight end has overcome adversity on the football field during his time at Colorado State. Recruited to play tight end in college, Gillmore converted to defensive end shortly before their season opener filling a void due to injury. In 2011, his sophomore season, Gillmore made the shift back to tight end just nine...
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