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.

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...

Ravens Look to Get Running Game Back on Track

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The Ravens rushing attack was in dire need of an overhaul after the 2013 season. Setting all time lows in offensive output, the Ravens found themselves on the outside looking in once the NFL postseason began for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh. Just how bad was the Ravens’ ground attack? As a team, the Ravens combined for just 1,328 yards on the ground in 2013 averaging just 83 yards per game. To put that into perspective at truly how bad their running game was, Philadelphia Eagles running...

Getting to Know Ravens Rookie Michael Campanaro

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The road to the NFL is never an easy one. Countless hours are spent training both on the field and off trying to become, bigger, faster and stronger than the rest of the competition. Each year dreams come true with the announcement of one’s name during draft day or those lucky enough to receive a phone call to come to rookie camp. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Ravens rookie wide receiver and Howard County, Maryland native Michael Campanaro about his journey to the NFL along with...

Baltimore Lucky to Have Bisciotti

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For some owners of professional sports teams, 2014 hasn’t been the best of times. Between the Dan Snyder debacle in D.C., Colts owner Jim Irsay seemingly following in his father’s footsteps with his offseason arrest, or the controversy surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, there have been headlines for all the wrong reasons. Some owners prefer the spotlight, while others prefer to remain low key. As for Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, he certainly prefers the latter. The initial investment from Bisciotti, who completed the final purchase of the team...

Flacco’s Homework: Footwork & Terminology

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As the Ravens and Gary Kubiak install their new offense before our very eyes this summer during training camp, many of those eyes will be focused on just how much progress Joe Flacco has made in the new system. The key to success for Flacco in 2014 doesn’t necessarily rely on his arm – but instead, his feet.  Proper footwork is key in the West Coast system, and will perhaps be more crucial than ever for Joe. As Kubiak pointed out earlier this offseason, in his systems he teaches quarterbacks...

Marshal Yanda Remains Key to Ravens’ Offensive Line

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The Ravens offensive line has been perhaps the most talked about unit this offseason, and rightly so. After the debacle in 2013 that produced an offense that finished 29th in the league (30 rush, 18 pass), the Ravens have spent valuable resources to assure they don’t repeat that performance again in 2014. The re-signing of Eugene Monroe and healthy Kelechi Osemele returning from injury have locked down the Ravens left side of the line, which looked solid throughout OTA’s and minicamp. The trade of a mid-round draft pick in 2015...

Ravens & Under Armour Provide Youth Football Grants

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The players may not be on the field until late July but the Ravens organization is busy as usual, particularly with their community involvement. Times are tough for local sports teams, including many youth football programs who are struggling to give players even the basic equipment needed to play the game. For 13 lucky non-profit youth programs, 2014 will be better, thanks to the Ravens Foundation, Inc., who, along with Under Armour have awarded them grants. These grants will provide new football equipment and apparel to 25 teams that demonstrate outstanding...

Former Raven McClain Still Giving Back to Baltimore

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While former Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain may not be suiting up for the purple and black this fall, it’s easy to see his community efforts in Baltimore are still going strong. McClain, who signed with the New York Giants this offseason after spending the last six seasons with the Baltimore was back in town on Saturday afternoon to host his annual football and fitness clinic. The event this year  featured approximately 300 children of all ages who took to the football field at Reisterstown Regional Park to learn football skills alongside McClain...

Kubiak’s Influence Hasn’t Gone Unnoticed

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The hiring of Gary Kubiak this offseason brought along considerable changes to a Ravens offense — one that despite its struggles fell just one victory short of making the playoffs. When Kubiak was hired it all but confirmed that the Ravens would switch to a heavy dose of his traditional zone blocking system, something that Jim Caldwell, Juan Castillo and player personnel all appeared to struggle with in 2013. With the moves made by the Ravens during this offseason via free agency or trade, Kubiak and his staff have opened...

Harbaugh Addresses Off-the-field Behavior

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As the Ravens wrapped up their mandatory minicamp on Thursday, head coach John Harbaugh said all the right things in regards to players keeping out of trouble before they return to training camp in July. With the players being off until late July, the Ravens organization from top to bottom certainly doesn’t want to find themselves in the news again for anything other than football related topics. Much ado has already been made by many outside the organization that thought perhaps Harbaugh had lost control of the locker room now that...

Daryl Smith Leading The Way

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Even though the Ravens season finished with a disappointing 8-8 record, there were a few players that stood out that could prompt one to say, “Imagine if we didn’t have him.” One such player is linebacker Daryl Smith. Smith arrived via free agency on a one-year deal in the 2013 offseason from the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent his first nine NFL seasons. As the 2013 season began, Smith, had all eyes on him from both fans and media alike. The veteran linebacker had big shoes to fill here in Baltimore as...

Wagner Finding a Comfort Zone at Right Tackle

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For Rick Wagner, Wednesday was just another day at the office on the practice field vying for the starting right tackle position for a Ravens offensive line that struggled badly in 2013. When Michael Oher left Baltimore via free agency, many thought the Ravens would look to the draft for their vacant right tackle spot. However their draft board saw it differently showing that many inside The Castle have faith in the second-year player. Wagner, who saw action in all 16 games in 2013, including two starts as a tight end in...

MINICAMP NOTES: Things Get a Bit Chippy

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On Wednesday the Ravens battled through another scorcher at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills as they conducted their second practice of the their mandatory three-day minicamp. With the music pumping to simulate crowd noise, the Ravens turned in another solid day of practice on defense. The offense, however, had another rough day. Quarterback Joe Flacco was locked and loaded today and very accurate; however, his receivers struggled to hang onto the football. Jacoby Jones dropped a ball that hit him in the chest, and Marlon Brown dropped...

Pitta Healthy & Happy to Start 2014

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Tight end Dennis Pitta is one happy man these days, and it’s evident watching him during the Ravens’ three-day minicamp happening this week. Pitta, who battled through adversity last season, fighting back from a dislocated/fractured hip which took place during training camp, appears healthy and ready to go for the 2014 season. “I feel good,” he said after Tuesday’s practice. “I feel like I’m running well, planting well, and I’m not worried about the hip at all. It’s not giving me any issues, so that’s encouraging.” After inking a new...

Divisional Play is a Weighty Issue For Dumervil

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Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil got his first full season facing tough AFC North opponents in 2013. 2013 proved to be an up and down year for the veteran who appeared in 15 games (three starts - missed one game due to an ankle injury) in his first year with the organization. While Dumervil finished the season second on the team in sacks (9.5), recorded 31 tackles (18 solo), posted 3 passes defensed and two forced fumbles, he understands the need to improve the defense this season, himself included. “Not good enough....

Ngata Feeling Great

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The Baltimore Ravens wrapped up their first practice of mandatory minicamp today while fending off a heat index of 100 degrees at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Among those on hand for their first on field practice this offseason were veterans Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and Chris Canty. Ngata, who started 15 games for the Ravens last season (missed one game due to a knee injury), looked to be in football shape and was sharp taking extensive reps during team drills. “I felt great this year, just because two...

Brigance Named 2014 George Halas Award winner

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In a sport that is surrounded by men who are strong both on and off the field, Baltimore Ravens senior advisor to player development O.J. Brigance is the strongest in the organization. On Tuesday, Brigance was named the 2014 George Halas Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America. Each year the George Halas Award is given to a NFL player, coach, or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed, something Brigance does on a daily basis. “O.J. Brigance is the most influential person in our organization,” said Ravens...
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