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.

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...

Ravens Rookies Take The Field

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Day 1 of Minicamp Time to shine for the rookies, both drafted and undrafted as the Baltimore Ravens rookie minicamp kicked off on Friday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Head coach John Harbaugh along with his coaching staff will finally get a chance to see just how the new additions will perform in actual football activities. Entering new surroundings can be tough for rookies, however it’s a welcomed challenge for new defensive end Timmy Jernigan. “It’s been a busy week, but it’s what I expected,” Rookie...

Pass-Catching Options Aplenty, But Who Will Make the Cut?

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It’s certainly no bit secret that the NFL has become a pass-happy league over the last few years. Rules have been established to help the passing game and add to fantasy football numbers. As the Ravens head in to their 2014 season, there are plenty of hands that could be on the receiving end of quarterback Joe Flacco’s passes. Here’s a look at the current receivers on the Ravens roster and those vying for the chance to wear the purple and black: Torrey Smith: Smith enters 2014 in the final year...

Ravens Pluck a Slot Receiver in Round 7

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Michael Campanaro was so happy when Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome called him to tell him he was going to be a Raven that Ozzie wasn’t even sure he knew because the phone cut off. The Ravens traded a 2015 sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to get back into the seventh round to select Campanaro, the 5′ 9″, 192 pound wide receiver out of Wake Forest. Campanaro who grew up in Clarksville, Maryland and attended River Hill High School is elated to have been selected by the Ravens after visiting with...

Ravens 5th Round Pick Adds up to John Urschel

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The Baltimore Ravens added depth to their offensive line for 2014 with the selection of Penn State center John Urschel with the 175th overall pick. Urschel, the 6-3, 313 pound former Nittany Lion, brings both brains and brawl to Baltimore. A four-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree graduated with a 4.0 GPA in mathematics in May of 2012. As if that wasn’t impressive enough he immediately began working on his master’s degree and has completed that process. “There was definitely a balance there, but honestly, I really enjoyed doing both....

Ravens Draft a Backup Plan in Keith Wenning

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The Ravens wrapped up their 2014 draft (or so we thought) with the selection of Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning with the 194th overall pick. During the owners meetings in March that took place in Orlando, Florida, the Ravens put current back-up quarterback on notice saying the team could possibly take a quarterback in the upcoming draft. “Well, you know, Tyrod’s only got one year left on his contract,” Harbaugh told reporters. “We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have...

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...
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