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.

Ravens Add Depth to D-Line, pick Brent Urban

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Add Running Back Taliaferro Too The Baltimore Ravens continued to bolster their defensive line by selecting Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban. The 6’7, 295 pound Urban got a late start on football in his life growing up in Mississauga, Ontario in Canada and certainly has a lot of room to grow in the NFL. “Definitely. I’ve only been playing football at a high level, really since I got in at UVA. So, I think there’s definitely a lot of years of growth left in me,” Urban stated on a conference...

Welcome Crockett Gillmore to The Nest

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No you didn’t hear it wrong as the Ravens selected tight end Crockett Gillmore with their final third round pick in the the 2014 NFL Draft. While many including myself couldn’t have imagined that, Gillmore, the 6’6 260 pound is ready to get started in the Ravens offense led by Gary Kubiak from the ground up. “From the bottom. You’ve got to work your way in,” Gillmore stated in his conference call with the Baltimore media last night. “It’s a league where nothing is given to you. I plan on...

Ravens Address Need With Safety Terrence Brooks

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The Baltimore Ravens filled a glaring need at the safety position with the selection of Terrence Brooks out of Florida State with the 79th overall pick. In his collegiate career, Brooks, the 5’11, 200 pound speedster started his last 27 games (14 at free safety, 13 at strong safety) appearing in a total of 48 contests, as he recorded 126 tackles (88 solo), with a 13-yard sack and 9.5 stops for losses of 36 yards. In addition, Brooks produced the fastest time (4.42) in the 40 among all the safeties attending...

Jernigan Excited to be a Raven

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The Baltimore Ravens continued to go with defense during the second-round of the 2014 NFL Draft when they selected defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan out of Florida State. The 6’2, 302 pound tackle seemed shocked when Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome called. ” I was suprised. It’s a blessing. Shortly before coach [John] Harbaugh and Mr. Newsome gave me that phone call, I was just telling myself, ‘All I need is one chance,” Jernigan stated during his conference call. “It’s a blessing, and I’m going to...

Mosley Excited to be a Raven & Ready to get Started

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The Baltimore Ravens made it official on Friday as they welcomed first-round draft pick linebacker C.J. Mosley to the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Mosley, the 17th overall pick and the first linebacker taken by the Ravens in the first round since Ray Lewis (96′), is happy to be in Baltimore and to play for a quality defensive team. “I’m just happy to be here,” Mosley stated.”It’s been a blessing and a long ride since January and our last bowl game. I can finally say that it is over,...

Ravens host draft party at M&T Bank Stadium

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The Baltimore Ravens once again shined when it came to the fan experience on draft day. Several thousand excited fans of the purple and black gathered at the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday evening as the Ravens  partnered with Verizon to celebrate the 2014 NFL Draft. “It was cool to watch the draft on the JumboTron sitting in my favorite place in the world,” stated Ravens fan Laurie Rill Scardina when asked about the the fan experience and the festivities. ”It’s a good event for families to get...

Ravens Select C.J. Mosley With The 17th Pick

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With the 17th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Ravens selected linebacker C.J. Mosley out of Alabama.  “There are some good players. Obviously, [C.J.] Mosley from Alabama is a really good player, a highly-rated prospect,” Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta stated at the Ravens pre-draft presser. The selection of Mosley, the organizations seventh overall pick since 1996 from Alabama, reaffirmed that Ozzie and company haven’t lost hope in obtaining players from the highly touted university. “Have I lost faith in Alabama?’ My son is still there,” stated Ozzie...

Build Like a Raven

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Ravens provide sunshine on a rainy day When one considers the legacy of the Ravens organization thoughts often drift towards the outstanding football players  they have fielded since their inception in 1996. Just 24 hours prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, one of the biggest events in football set to take place at Radio City Music Hall, several members of the organization were out in full-force in the community assisting the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. On Wednesday,  Regina Sykes, Debessa Layew and Roxanna Key, all Baltimore natives, were...

Draft is Next Step in Ravens’ Road to Redemption

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With the NFL Draft still two days away (insert gripe here), let’s take a trip down a not-so-good memory lane and look at the lessons learned from a rough 2013 season for our purple and black. Then, let’s see how the road to redemption looks so far. Not long after the Ravens season ended, the team held their annual state of the team address for the media and fans. Mr. Bisciotti along with Dick Cass, Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh spent plenty of time discussing what went right in...

Relax, it’s Ozzie’s Time to Shine

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The Baltimore Ravens have been one of the leagues best when it comes to the NFL draft. Sure there were some draft classes that register better than others, but overall Ozzie and company have ultimately ruled the roost. “I think Baltimore, historically, has been one of the best and most consistent drafting teams out there and it starts with Ozzie Newsome and his philosophy and it extends to Eric {DeCosta} and his staff,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock stated in teams’ 2014 NFL Draft information guide. “I think they are...

2014 Draft: DeCosta Talks Offense – Tackles and WRs

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The Baltimore Ravens have done a solid job thus far this offseason upgrading their offense after watching it fail miserably last season, when the team ranked near the bottom of the league in nearly every category. The free agent signings of wide receiver Steve Smith, tight end Owen Daniels, center Jeremy Zuttah appeased fans while addressing glaring holes in the squad.. In addition, the retention of Eugene Monroe and fan favorite Dennis Pitta looms large for continuity for quarterback Joe Flacco. Throw in Jacoby Jones opting for the lights of...

Smoke Screens & Ozzie’s Love of Picks

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“Smoke screens” and misinformation are very common among NFL teams leading up to the draft. Today’s “Liars’ Luncheon” at the Castle certainly didn’t make the job of trying to project who (and when) the Ravens will draft in the upcoming draft any easier. General Manager Ozzie Newsome said that his phone has already been ringing with offers of trades for the 17th overall pick with still eight days left until the “official” madness begins. After a disappointing 2013 season, the Ravens have some holes left to fill on the offensive...

Ravens Hold Annual Pre-Draft Press Conference

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As the Ravens make their final preparations for the 19th draft in team history, General Manager Ozzie Newsome along with John Harbaugh, Assistant GM Eric DeCosta and Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz met with the media on Wednesday for their annual pre-draft press conference. While little insight was given as to who the Ravens will covet in the 76th Annual NFL draft which begins on May 8, they did shed a little light on process and how they approach the draft. For any NFL team the draft process is...

Catching Up with Duane Starks

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In this week’s “Where Are They Now” I had the opportunity to catch up with former Ravens cornerback Duane Starks. Starks, who spent four years with the Ravens from 1998-2001, played a key role on the team’s record breaking defense during their Super Bowl run under head coach Brian Billick. Playing in 62 games (43 starts) for the purple and black, Starks had an impressive 20 interceptions, six forced fumbles and one touchdown to go along with his 345 tackles. Like many players around the league who finish their rookie...

Ravens Look to Continue Home Success in 2014

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Well, the excitement of the NFL schedule release is finally behind us after all was revealed on Wednesday night. As fans are putting together their fall road trips, here at home the Ravens are hoping to continue their success at M&T Bank Stadium in the month of September and beyond. For those that haven’t heard by now the Ravens will open up their 2014 season at home against the Bengals before a Week 2 showdown in prime time against the hated Steelers. While it’s silly to start predicting records, one...

Ravens’ Strength & Conditioning Programs Under Way

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photo: Baltimore Ravens Strength and conditioning is an important cog in the wheel of a football team’s performance. On Tuesday, Ravens Head Conditioning Coach Bob Rogucki stressed this when he met with the media about the team’s offseason workout program. “We are running two days a week as far as conditioning and we are doing skill work two days a week,” Rogucki announced. ”Our upper body days are Monday and Wednesday and lower body days are Tuesday and Thursday. We use Friday as a make up day.” Due to the NFL’s...

Harbaugh joins “Cradle of Coaches”

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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh grew up in a football family. Surrounded by the game throughout his entire life, the name Harbaugh is synonymous with football at the University of Miami Ohio. On Saturday John Harbaugh and his family were on hand as the University unveiled his bronze statue at the Cradle of Coaches plaza on campus. “This Cradle is the greatest honor in coaching,” said Harbaugh, a former Miami defensive back, via the Baltimore Sun. ”You just think, man, these are the men that played and went to school...

Baltimore Mariners in Cruise Control For Home Opener

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The Baltimore Mariners improved their record to 2-0 Saturday night by defeating the visiting Atlanta Sharks (0-2) 65-18 in their home opener at the Baltimore Arena. In front of a cheering crowd including Ravens punter Sam Koch along with Towson University head football coach Rob Ambrose, the Mariners defense showed up early and often including notching two safeties in the first quarter alone. On the first play from scrimmage, Mariners defensive back Richard Johnson’s fumble recovery returned for a touchdown gave Baltimore a lead and they never looked back. Mariners...

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Edwin Mulitalo

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For this week’s “Where Are They Now,” I caught up with former Raven guard Edwin Mulitalo. Mulitalo was selected by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL draft, and played ten years for the purple and black before finishing out his career with the Detroit Lions. A Baltimore fan-favorite both on the field and off, Edwin was a integral part of  of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV team.   Brian Bower: Do you still follow the Ravens in your free time or have you moved on? Edwin Mulitalo: (Laughter)...

“We Will Announce When We Will Announce It”

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Sorry Ravens fans, the wait  continues regarding the release of the 2014 NFL schedule. On Monday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy tweeted the following, much to the dismay of NFL fans everywhere: The league pushed the 2014 NFL draft back to May due to a “scheduling conflict” involving Radio City Musical Hall; however, it’s interesting to note an early report by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Schefter tweeted the following in February of 2013: Sounds like that scheduling conflict worked out well for 2014! Whatever the case may be, it allows Goodell and company...
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