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.

Pierce Guides Browns’ West Off The Field

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While the Ravens and Browns may be bitter rivals in the AFC North on the football field, it appears as if that rivalry ends when the final whistle blows. In an article written by Tom Reed of the Northeast Ohio Media Group about former Towson and current Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West, Reed learned that West is being mentored by Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce. Reed’s article goes on to say that West apparently became involved in some sort of “Social Media Misadventure” where according to Deadspin, the...

Who Makes the Cut? – Roster Projection 2.0

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Back at it again with another week of practice and preseason play, Dev Panchwagh and I have set our roster projection 2.0. Cut downs are looming after this Saturday’s game against Washington when the Ravens will trim their roster from 90 to 75 players beginning on August 26th. Roster Projection 2.0…   OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: With his recent play, Wenning certainly  looks as if he will be headed to the Ravens practice squad for sure with the new 10 player maximum...

Jackson, Webb, Smith Will Not Play vs. Redskins

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Say what you will but the injuries or setbacks involving the Ravens cornerbacks certainly do raise an eyebrow as the NFL regular season inches closer everyday. While two out of the three corners are veterans and have valuable experience one can only get from suiting up year after year, season after season, there is still something to be said about live reps against opposing receivers. On Thursday head coach John Harbaugh announced Jimmy Smith (chest), Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) will all miss Saturday’s contest against Washington in...

Ravens Look to Put Red Zone Woes in Rearview in ’14

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No team ever wants to commit the sin of “leaving points on the field.” In the NFL, all too often games are won or lost because of execution – or failure – to do one thing: score touchdowns when inside the opponent’s red zone. For a team that played an NFL-high nine games that were decided by three points or less (5-4 in those games), red zone inefficiencies were glaring. The Ravens left far too many points on the field in 2013, far too often settling for field goals from...

The Smith Who Could Have the Better Year

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Newly signed wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. has been the talk of the town both on the field and off since his arrival here in Baltimore during the offseason. While Smith Sr. may have stolen the headlines with his fiery and stellar play throughout training camp, it’s another Smith who is quietly going about his business as he has since the Ravens selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. Torrey Smith maintained a low profile throughout the offseason, working on his craft while looking forward to...

CAMP NOTES: Harbs Acknowledges Poor Tackling

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Head coach John Harbaugh spoke to the media on Monday afternoon in detail for the first time since Saturday’s 37-30 victory over the Cowboys in Dallas. Some points the Ravens troop leader commented on included:   Tackling Remains Issue The Ravens’ penchant to miss tackles and fail to wrap up after contact was on full display to all those that tuned in on Saturday evening. Fans also got a small sampling of the lack of depth at the safety and cornerback positions. On one play in particular, on 3rd-and-19, a...

CAMP NOTES: 5 Players Who Excelled in Training Camp

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The Ravens broke camp late Thursday afternoon after an eventful few weeks. Many players who spent the summer trying to earn a spot on the Ravens coveted roster will now look to the preseason games to “leave their mark,” as Ray Lewis would say. Some players exceeded expectations of both coaching and front office staff during the grueling so called “dog days of summer,” while others seemingly disappointed and failed to capitalize on their opportunity to seize the day. My fellow training camp colleague Dev Panchwagh and I put our...

CAMP NOTES: McPhee Revs up Motor on a Slow Day at Camp

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As the Ravens held their final practice before breaking camp, the defense seems primed and anxious to take the field on Saturday night in Dallas against the Cowboys. Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee never seems to slow down. Whether it’s during individual positional drills or 11 on 11 drills, the four-year veteran is going full throttle. Even with the slow paced practice that took place on Thursday, McPhee could be seen flying around from drill to drill and busting through the third team offense’s line even in shells. The former fifth-round...

CAMP NOTES: Flacco Strong as Camp Winds Down

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In just shorts and shells today, the Baltimore Ravens wrapped up their last practice before breaking camp on Friday under cool conditions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Thursday’s practice had more a walk-through type feel as both the offense and defense were split for much of the afternoon. The first and second team offense took on the third team defense, while the third team offense spent their reps facing the first and second team defenses. With starters expected to play the first quarter and some new...

CAMP NOTES: Jernigan Stands Out

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The Baltimore Ravens kicked off the third week of training camp under sunny conditions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Wednesday morning. Dressed in shells and shorts, the Ravens defense saw a lot of action in seven on seven and 11 on 11 drills for much of the afternoon. The injury bug again took a bite out of the defensive front of the Ravens last week causing many to be concerned with depth issues at was once thought to be their deepest position. Dont panic! Rookie...

CAMP NOTES: Campanaro, Smith Put on Pass Catching Clinic

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The Ravens took the field in shorts and shells today, where receivers Steve Smith Sr. and rookie Michael Campanaro put on a show. It was perhaps their best performance of training camp thus far as the team prepares for their second preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. Smith Sr. had a field day with the Ravens’ first string secondary, making catch after catch out of his ridiculously crisp routes all afternoon. The veteran wideout found the soft spots in the defense and made the secondary pay on multiple...

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...