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.

Counting on Youngsters to Reestablish Defensive Dominance

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The Baltimore Ravens have always been known for their dominating style of defense. The approach of wearing opposing offenses down late in the game due to their aggressive, hard-hitting, smash-mouth style of play has long been a staple of purple-and-black football, and has resulted in many, many victories. While the 2013 defense wasn’t what we’ve come to expect, they held their own in many ways. Despite the lack of offense that often forced the defense to take extended reps last season, the Ravens’ defense still managed to rank in the Top...

CAMP NOTES: Chykie Redeems Himself, Daryl Smith Returns

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As the Ravens concluded their last open practice on Monday night in preparation for their first preseason game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, the defense – more precisely, the secondary – is a work in progress. After having a rough week of practice, cornerback Chykie Brown was impressive both during one-on-one and 11-on-11 drills. Brown has battled back hard after spending much of the first two weeks not only being burned by opposing wide receivers, but also being a short-lived resident in Coach Harbaugh’s doghouse. Brown was...

CAMP NOTES: Running Game on Point, Wenning Improves

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The Baltimore Ravens concluded their last open-to-the-public practice of 2014 training camp with practice being held under the lights at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. In preparation for Thursday nights game against the San Francisco 49ers, third string quarterback Keith Wenning had his best practice yet by far. Throughout the first two weeks of camp, Wenning, the Ravens 2014 sixth-round draft pick, has been anything but spectacular. His arm strength was on full display last night, something that hasn’t been seen on the practice field up until now....

CAMP RECAP: Receiving Corps Standing Out

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The Ravens will wrap up their second full week of training camp tonight at the Navy-Marine Corp Stadium in Annapolis for the last open practice of the summer. Two weeks into training camp, a few story lines have emerged on each side of the football.   HIGHLIGHTS Receivers The wide receiver corp had a standout week with Steve Smith Sr., Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith each having stand-out days throughout the week. Watching Smith Sr. run routes is a thing of beauty. Each rep is crisper than the previous...

CAMP NOTES: Suggs With the Quote of the Day

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The defense was again rough and tough donned in pads and made the offense earn every play on Sunday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. With cornerback Lardarius Webb out with a back issue, Asa Jackson got the reps once again with the first team defense. The extended reps for Jackson are proving pivotal for the young cornerback who is making every snap count. The 5-10 back had another nice practice on Sunday doing a solid job of turning his head and locating the football in coverage....

CAMP NOTES: Flacco’s Passion on Display

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The Ravens hit the practice field once again in pads on Sunday under cloudy skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The new run blocking system installed by Gary Kubiak was on full display with each member of the starting offensive line progressing smoothly. Newly signed center Jeremy Zuttah showed exactly why the Ravens opted to trade a 2015 draft pick to acquire the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer. On several run blocking drills during 7 on 7 and 11 on 11, Zuttah consistently spread the defensive line...

CAMP NOTES: Jones Shines on an Offensively Dull Day

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The Ravens offense didn’t turn in their finest day of training camp on Saturday as the defense dominated the day but there were a few bright spots as the team continues to install Gary Kubiak’s new offense. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones’ history and experience with Gary Kubiak is certainly translating to the practice field this summer. Jones, who played with Kubiak in Houston once again turned in an outstanding day. One play after safety Omar Brown broke up a pass intended for Jones, the speedy receiver made an impressive double...

CAMP NOTES: Defense Dominates Despite Brown’s Struggles

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The Ravens donned the pads for practice under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Saturday. The defensive side of the football ruled the roost in a fiery practice, with several of the big names on defense having an impressive day. Linebacker Terrell Suggs stood out, disrupting the Ravens offensive line which featured Ryan Jensen and A.Q. Shipley as Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda were not present for practice. Suggs was key in pressuring Flacco and Taylor and recorded two sacks during 11 on 11...

CAMP NOTES: Suggs Leads Injury-Depleted Defense

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The defense took to the practice field on Friday with a different look than the past few days. The injury bug has bitten the defensive unit hard two weeks into training camp. The Ravens lost rookie Brent Urban for the season with a torn ACL, rookie Timmy Jernigan again missed practice with a back issue, veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb is still out with back spasms and Daryl Smith is still suffering from a groin issue. Jimmy Smith missed practice on Friday as well but there was no indication of injury –...

CAMP NOTES: Deonte & Jacoby Put on a Show

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On a dreary Friday morning, the Ravens took to the field under cloudy skies for another early practice at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The battle for the one or possibly two roster spots at the wide receiver position is heating up between Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken and undrafted rookie Jeremy Butler. Thompson has had a resurgence over the past two days and put on a nice display of speed and solid hands throughout 11-on-11 drills today. Thompson and quarterback Joe Flacco connected on two long touchdowns,...

CAMP NOTES: Urban Tears His ACL

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Several veterans were given the day off on defense as the Ravens held an early morning practice at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills including Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata. One player who did however play what seemed like every snap on both the first team defense and second team defense was linebacker Elvis Dumervil.  Dumervil did make some nice plays and found himself in the second team offense’s backfield on more than one occasion. With neither Suggs nor Daryl Smith (groin) in attendance on Thursday,  the combination...

CAMP NOTES: Rick Wagner Has Best Day of Camp

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On a day overshadowed by Ray Rice speaking at the podium, the Ravens hit the practice field under cool weather conditions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Many eyes are focused upon the Ravens offensive line entering training camp because of the implosion they suffered last season. Many people are wondering if Rick Wagner, who currently mans the often-discussed right tackle position, can be the guy in 2014. On Thursday morning, Wagner had possibly his best practice of training camp thus far. On several blitz plays during...

DeAngelo Tyson Quietly Making Noise

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Quietly going about his business each and every day Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson is making loud noises for the team as they head into their second week of training camp. The former Georgia Bulldog drafted by the Ravens in the seventh round of the 2012 draft is vying for the starting role on the Ravens defensive front which was vacated when Arthur Jones left via free agency. In 2013, the 6-2, 315 pound produced 10 tackles (9 solo), one sack, one pass defensed and his first career interception. Looking...

Zuttah Scares Team and Flacco Tosses 2 TDs

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The Ravens offense struggled at times on their first day back to practice after a much needed players’ day off on Tuesday. Quarterback Joe Flacco was inconsistent at times in getting the ball out of his hands quickly, and also threw behind his receivers on several occasions. After one such throw to Steve Smith, Flacco could be heard yelling at himself loudly. However, Flacco did bounce back during the two minute drill portion of the practice nicely. Flacco capped off a long touchdown drive connecting with wide receiver Torrey Smith...

Mosley Impresses, But Injury Bug Bites Other Rookies

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Following a players’ day off Tuesday, the team returned to practice on Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. With just eight days remaining until their first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens, under sunny skies, took to the field starting at 1 p.m. to begin week two of training camp. The Ravens linebacking unit had a different look today, with C.J. Mosley taking over for veteran Daryl Smith, who missed practice for unknown reasons. Mosley had another stand out day, disrupting the Ravens offense...

Highlights & Disappointments from Week 1 of Camp

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Training camp is a little under a week old and the Baltimore Ravens are progressing as expected. There have been highs and lows as there are each and every year, but for all the offseason issues facing a team that went 8-8 and missed the postseason for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh, things are going very well so far. The team is focused on making every rep count. Here is a look at some of those highs and lows:   Highlights Quarterback Joe Flacco has the offense...

CAMP NOTES: Smith & Smith Cross Examine Defense

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The offense took the field intent on sharpening their skills in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s new system. It is easy to see that the Kubiak offense certainly is tight end friendly. Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels and Crockett Gillmore were used early and often during practice on Monday night. All three exhibited their pass catching skills along with their blocking ability during pass rush drills. Gillmore seemingly picked up where he left off on Sunday looking the part of a true run blocker. The Ravens running backs enjoyed a nice evening...

CAMP NOTES: McPhee Shines While Jackson Makes a Move

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On Monday evening, the Ravens took to the field at M&T Bank Stadium for their first of three open practices of training camp. Over 28,000 Ravens fans got their first look at the 90 players hoping to make the final cut prior to the season kicking off in September. In an even practice between the offense and defense several players stood out including another solid day for Pernell McPhee. The 6-3, 280 pound McPhee once again found himself in the Ravens offensive backfield on multiple occasions. Quick off the snap,...

Young Linebackers Impress as the Pads Go On

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The Ravens defense had some ups and downs on Saturday afternoon as the Ravens were in full pads for the first time this training camp. Cornerback Chykie Brown had a disappointing day in the Ravens defensive backfield, getting beat by wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Steve Smith Sr. Brown allowed receivers to get past him on multiple occasions on passes from both Joe Flacco and Tyrod Taylor. Time will tell if the ultimate third cornerback for the season is currently on the roster or not. Notes & Observations Rookie linebacker...

Offense Improves, but Pierce Leaves Practice Early

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On Saturday, the Ravens hit the practice field for their first padded practice of training camp under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The offense turned in a solid outing, looking faster, stronger and in sync which was a a huge improvement over Friday’s practice. Notes & Observations Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro turned in a nice day at practice making several catches including an impressive grab on the sideline from quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Running back Ray Rice looked impressive in pads during 11-on-11 drills....