About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold

RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek’s work has been featured on Charm City Current, Bleacher Report, and other online sports sites. Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest 

CRAB BAG: Ravens Aim for Texas-Sized Revenge

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The Ravens picked themselves up and dusted off after the forgettable Week 1 performance in Denver, and rebounded to defeat the Cleveland Browns last week by a score of 14-6. It was, obviously, far from the bounce-back beat-down that Ravens fans were hoping for, but in the end the Purple Birds are 1-1 and tied with Cincinnati for the lead in the AFC North. This week the Houston Texans bring their 2-0 record to town, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s been easy for them, either. Gary Kubiak’s...

GAME STATUS INJURY REPORT: Ravens v. Texans

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The news was once again not-so-good for the Ravens on Friday as the official game status injury reports were unveiled. While the Texans’ have a much lengthier list than does Baltimore (16 players listed vs. 8), the important detail isn’t the number of guys on the report, but rather, where they are listed. While all but three of the 16 players on the Texans’ report are listed as Probable (with the other three being questionable), the Ravens, on the other hand, give only one player on their injury report even...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens vs. Texans

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It’s time for our inaugural edition of Buy or Sell. We’ll lay out three topics for the upcoming game, and leave it to you, the RSR readers, to vote and decide whether or to BUY or SELL! Ray Lewis should give the team’s pre-game speech Ray Lewis returns to Baltimore this week to be inducted into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor. This may be the fastest turnaround between retirement and Ring of Honor induction for any player anywhere – Ray’s been retired for two games! But hey, it’s not like...

Thursday Injury Status Report: Ravens v. Texans

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There wasn’t much change between the Wednesday and Thursday injury reports for the Ravens as they prepare to host the Houston Texans on Sunday at 1 PM at M&T Bank Stadium. Chykie Brown (knee) returned to practice in a limited capacity, and WR Deonte Thompson (foot), after being listed as “limited” on Wednesday, did not participate on Thursday. With Ray Rice (hip) again not participating, it’s looking more and more like Bernard Pierce will be counted on to shoulder the load against J.J. Watt and the Texans’ 18th-ranked rush defense....

Wednesday Injury Status Report: Ravens v. Texans

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The Ravens got some good news on the injury front today, as MRIs on DE Chris Canty (thigh), CB Chykie Brown (knee), and LB Arthur Brown (chest) revealed that all three are dealing with strains, and nothing more serious. On the Texans’ side, head coach Gary Kubiak seems optimistic that WR Andre Johnson – who suffered a concussion at the hands of former Raven Bernard Pollard on Sunday against Tennessee – will be ready to go on Sunday. “He’s expected to practice with the team tomorrow,” Kubiak said, per Clifton...

GIF: Did Ray Rice Spit at Browns DT Phil Taylor?

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On the Ravens’ opening drive Sunday against Cleveland, they started off going backwards – an incomplete pass to (gasp!) Ed Dickson, followed by a three-yard loss by Ray Rice. It looked as if they would immediately be facing a 3rd-and-very-long to start the game, but instead a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor gave them a fresh set of downs. However, it wasn’t just your typical run-of-the-mill altercation or late hit that drew the flag. We saw Taylor punch Rice in the face, but even after...

CRAB BAG: Can Harbaugh Stay Perfect Against Cleveland?

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The Ravens and Ravens fans alike have had over a week to let the beating in Denver marinate in our guts. It was ugly, painful, embarrassing, disappointing, and more. But most importantly, it’s over. Fortunately for our purple birds, the rest of the AFC North also laid a collective egg in Week 1, as all four teams find themselves at 0-1. With the Ravens taking on the Browns this Sunday, and the Steelers and Bengals clashing on Monday Night Football, at least two teams in the division are guaranteed to...

The Texans Got Ed Reed a Walker for his Birthday

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I’m still pretty upset that Ed Reed didn’t just retire following Super Bowl XLVII. Though I’m on board with the Ravens’ decision to let him walk, it’s going to be quite painful to see #20 walk out on the M&T Bank Stadium field as a member of the Houston Texans next week. Speaking of pain though, Ed’s seemingly been in plenty of it this offseason, as he’s yet to suit up for the Texans – he was inactive for their opener, and will reportedly be a game-time decision again this...

CRAB BAG: Can Ravens Deny Denver’s Revenge?

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It’s been seven months since the Ravens hoisted their second Lombardi Trophy down in the Big Easy. Of course, one of the teams they climbed over on their way there was the Denver Broncos, the AFC’s #1 seed going into the playoffs. Broncos fans, much like Ravens fans did when Lee Evans/Billy Cundiff were fresh in our own minds early last season, feel that the Super Bowl appearance was theirs, and are thirsty for revenge. The Ravens were able to muster a small bit of redemption in their Week 3...

CRAB BAG: Final Dress Rehearsal

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As the Ravens gear up for their final dress rehearsal before officially starting the “defense” of their second Lombardi Trophy (I know, Coach Harbaugh doesn’t consider it a defense, but for some of us it’s still fun to think of that way) next week in Denver, there are still some battles to be won. “Bubble” players will be giving it their all tonight, as they strive to avoid facing “The Turk” and play their way onto the Ravens. For some, this will be the last NFL action they are ever...

Flacco Wishes Ravens Had Let Him Air it Out Sooner

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In an in-depth interview published in ESPN the Magazine this week, Joe Flacco tells Kevin Van Valkenburg (formerly of The Baltimore Sun) that he wishes the Ravens coaching staff had handed him the reigns to the offense earlier in his five-year career. He also touches on his communication issues with former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, trying to make sense of Ray Lewis’ speeches, and the perception among fans that he’s “boring.” It’s a fascinating piece by the always insightful and articulate Van Valkenburg, and I absolutely encourage you to head over...

CRAB BAG: Starters Look to Get Rolling Against Carolina

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The Ravens starters have had a bit of a rough go of things so far this preseason, leaving fans concerned on both sides of the ball. Last week against Atlanta, the first team defense gave up chunks of yards on the ground and through the air, while the offense – aside from one long catch-and-run touchdown by Torrey Smith – couldn’t get anything going. However, let’s not forget that the team wasn’t particularly impressive last preseason either, and they promptly came out in Week 1 and laid a 44-13 thrashing...

Study Says Ravens Fans are AFC North’s Most Loyal

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A study by two students in Emory University’s Sports Marketing Analytics program says that Baltimore Ravens fans are the eighth most loyal in the NFL, and the most loyal among fans of the AFC North squads. According to their research, Dallas Cowboys fans are the most loyal, followed by New England Patriots fans, New York Jets fans, and New Orleans Saints fans. Supporters of the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears come in just ahead of the purple faithful at #6 and #7, respectively, while Steelers fans and and Titans fans round...

Ogden calls upon Newsome to present him at HOF Induction

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The first player ever drafted by the Baltimore Ravens will be inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio in just over one week. On Saturday, August 3, 2013, Jonathan Ogden will put on the coveted gold jacket. J.O. joined the media for his Hall of Fame conference call today, when he announced that he will have Ravens General Manager and Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome introduce him at the ceremony. “I chose Ozzie because he brought me in to Baltimore,” Ogden said. “I respect him, and...

Want to own Ray Rice’s Jeep?

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While you’ll likely never be able to drive down a football field like Ray Rice, you can now at least drive down the highway like he does, as the Ravens running back is selling his 2013 Jeep Wrangler. Five percent of the final sale price will go to Erika Brannock, a 29-year old Baltimore resident, teacher, and Ravens fan who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy earlier this year. For Rice, it’s just another in a long line of great ways in which he gives back to the local...

Ravens XLVII Super Bowl Rings Unveiled

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We’ve been waiting months to find out what the Baltimore Ravens’ second Super Bowl rings would look like. Today is finally the day. The ring ceremony, where players, coaches, staff, and other employees with get their rings, is to be aired tonight at 7 PM on NFL Network. For now, here’s a look at the ring itself. Via Adam Schefter: What do we think, Ravens fans? UPDATE – While the above photo IS the real ring, it’s a horrible, horrible photo of it. Here are some more flattering shots (feature...

Oriole Adam Jones buys Cam Cameron’s house

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Here’s a bit of odd Baltimore sports news on this dreary Friday in Charm City. Current Baltimore Orioles center fielder and face of the franchise Adam Jones has reportedly moved into the house formerly occupied by Ravens fans’ public enemy #1, Cam Cameron. Per the Baltimore Business Journal: Give Adam Jones a congratulatory Boh and Berger cookie, because the Orioles center fielder is now officially a Baltimore-area resident. Jones purchased a 6,600-square-foot home in Lutherville on March 13, according to state records. The two-time All-Star paid $1.75 million for the 3.5-acre Baltimore...

Ravens to open season in Denver

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While most of us have expected this news ever since the NFL and MLB were unable to reach a compromise to open the NFL season in Baltimore – where it belongs – it’s finally official. The defending Super Bowl champions will indeed open the season in Denver against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. While this is very unfortunate for Ravens fans – who will have a sour taste in our mouths for years over it – the fact is that the team likely...

Former teammate praises Elvis Dumervil’s leadership

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Ravens fans are eager to see Elvis Dumervil in purple and black. He’ll join a host of new faces on the defense, including Chris Canty, Michael Huff, Marcus Spears, and whoever the team adds via the draft later this month. However, there have been a lot of questions about the leadership void in the Ravens locker room, now that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are gone. Those questions only got louder as the team brought in troubled linebacker Rolando McClain earlier this week. One of Dumervil’s former teammates, Von Miller,...

Hall moving to inside linebacker

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With the retirement of Ray Lewis, the departure in free agency of Dannell Ellerbe, the release of Brendon Ayanbadejo, and the injury concerns of Jameel McClain, the Ravens find themselves quite thin at inside linebacker as the NFL Draft approaches. There has been speculation around town that the team may consider moving second-year player Courtney Upshaw to inside linebacker. While that may still be a possibility – at least in some defensive packages – a new candidate at ILB has emerged, and it’s one that most Ravens fans likely did...