About Dev Panchwagh

Dev Panchwagh

Dev Panchwagh is a versatile analyst who breaks down the Xs and Os of the game and has been a columnist/analyst for Ravens24x7.com since the summer of 2004. In his regular season column Battle Plans, Dev highlights the Ravens' keys to success against each upcoming opponent. Dev started modestly as a sports journalist, but his contributions to sports talk radio were noticed, leading to duties as a regular columnist for the Scouts.com network before joining RSR.  It would be very difficult to find his rare combination of youthfulness, knowledge and insight in all facets of football anywhere else.  Fortunately, Dev brings it here each and every week. 

Jackson vs. Brown – Anybody Stepping Up at Corner?

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The battle for the third cornerback job between Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown heated up just as much as the weather late Sunday afternoon. The two combatants shared snaps as the starting cornerback, working outside of the numbers during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. While Jackson has been more consistent and has displayed impressive cover skills, Brown has made a push the last two practices, and had arguably his best practice yesterday (despite being kicked out momentarily by head coach John Harbaugh). Here is how the two players stacked up today:...

CAMP NOTES: Ravens Defensive Stars Flex Muscles

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The pads were back on and the players were ready to tee off. If you were a spectator during Saturday’s practice, your eyes needed to be on the line. That’s where the action was “Rated R” for plenty of violence and profanity. From the first snap, the defense was on a mission to dominate. Perhaps they were inspired by the words of their defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, who said yesterday that they needed to step up during his weekly press conference. Either way, the starters were relentless and wore out...

CAMP NOTES: Safety Patrolling The Ravens

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Safeties, the protectors of the fort, keepers of the gate – the last line of defense that often influences the flow and tempo of a game and the decision making of opposing quarterbacks. For over a decade Ed Reed provided the Ravens with back end insurance. Like a good neighbor, No. 20 was always there. In 2014 the Ravens are counting on a relatively inexperienced group to provide insurance for Dean Pees’ defensive unit. Here’s a close look at the safety corps’ performance on Friday, an up and down day...

CAMP NOTES: Flacco Finding His Groove

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ROOKIE QB WENNING IS STRUGGLING Much was made all offseason of how quarterback Joe Flacco would fare rolling out and throwing on the move in Gary Kubiak’s West Coast Offense (WCO) system. Well today, movement and misdirection were in effect in a big way and the Super Bowl XLVII MVP looked tremendous rolling out to his right side off play-action to fling the ball downfield. Flacco put on a show airing out the long ball, and his favorite targets were Jacoby Jones and Dennis Pitta. Whether he had to place...

CAMP NOTES: Canty Stalls at the Line & Simon Says Hustle

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To echo the famous words of one Forrest Gump: “Watching Chris Canty is like a box of chocolates. You just never know what you’re going to get play-to-play.”  Alright, so maybe the quote didn’t go quite like that. But the point is Canty is maddeningly inconsistent. It’s ironic that former Raven great Michael McCrary was attending today’s session because he could teach Canty a thing or two about playing with a high motor. On the snaps of Canty’s that I charted, I’d say that he was coasting on more than...

CAMP NOTES: Daniels Finding His Groove With Ravens

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TRENDS AND TECHNIQUES The receivers have been doing a better job of getting off the line against press coverage and perhaps the most interesting development is that they are using their feet more than their hands to break free. Using a combination of hesitation moves, the receivers are selling the routes one way, only to change direction sharply to get separation from the opposing defensive back. The receivers’ quick footwork at the line has also victimized Chykie Brown, who continued to struggle in coverage on Wednesday. He simply can’t find...

CAMP RECAP: Brooks Not Yet Ready For Prime Time

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Camp Week 1: What We Know and Don’t Know So Far With nearly a week of training camp practices in the books (capped off by last night’s performance at M&T Bank stadium), some of the pieces are starting to fall into place. It’s still early but here are the biggest points to consider so far: What We Know: • Gary Kubiak’s Motion Offense is Prevalent. Whether it’s the tight ends, receivers or fullback Kyle Juszczyk, the pass targets have been on the move early and often. Motion is a big...

Jackson, Campanaro Stand Out In Sunday’s Practice

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With cornerback Chykie Brown out of action today with a hamstring injury, Asa Jackson got the call. The third-year player looked sharp in outside coverage. His quickness, smooth backpedal, and anticipation were all standout features of his play today. The fact that Jackson held up well when he played outside of the numbers is certainly encouraging, as he has been pegged as more of a slot corner during his time in the NFL, and has struggled at times. On one play in particular, Jackson came off of his deep coverage...

K.O. On the Go, While A.Q. Shipley Looks for Redemption

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The first day of practice in which the pads were on and the players were allowed to hit brought some must-see action to the forefront. The line play was at center stage, with Kelechi Osemele looking like a natural fit in Gary Kubiak’s zone scheme. I’ll admit, I had my doubts about K.O.’s ability to pull and get out and space, but he was putting on a clinic today. K.O. was particularly impressive on a screen pass to Ray Rice. K.O. did a great job of laying an initial hit...

Defense Deceives & Ngata Impresses

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One of the big criticisms of Dean Pees has been the lack of creativity and deception from the blitzes he orchestrates. In particular, the timing of the blitzing defenders has been an issue. In the past, they have declared their move too soon, enabling opposing quarterbacks to make an adjustment well before the snap. Today, the timing of the blitzes was picture perfect. So much so that blitzing linebackers were able to account for four uncontested QB hurries. The defenders did a great job of anticipating the snap, and the...

CAMP NOTES: Juice on the Loose

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JUICE IS ON THE LOOSE It’s one thing to hear all of forecasts for fullback Kyle Juszczyk’s expanded role in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s offense. But today, his versatility as a move guy was on fully display at training camp. Juszczyk was the primary motion guy in many of the offensive sets. His most intriguing motions were when he flexed out wide from the backfield, and when he flexed back into the backfield from the receiver position. Depending on the defensive alignment the Ravens face, Jusyzczyk’s motion can either create...

Who’s On Third?

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Third Down Backfield Options For The Ravens It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Ray Rice manning the third down duties at tailback. We’ve been so accustomed to seeing him perched alongside Joe Flacco in the shotgun set, ready to take the handoff, wheel into a route, or KO an oncoming pass rusher. However, the reality is Rice will need to relinquish that role when the NFL comes down on him with a suspension to start the season. The only questions at that point will be for how many games...

Six Ravens Under the Purple Spotlight in 2014

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The story of any football team begins and ends with the players. The front office can put the pieces in place, the coaches can move the pieces to the right spots on the chess board, but it’s the players that must land the checkmate move. For the 2014 Ravens, everyone knows the key players going into the season– Flacco, Suggs, Ngata, Webb, Dumervill, Pitta, and the Smiths. But who else needs to emerge to put the team back in contention for another Super Bowl run? With OTAs in full swing and training camp right around the...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Matt Ryan Was Almost a Raven

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You may recall that the Ravens, driven by owner Steve Bisciotti’s desire to land a franchise quarterback, nearly moved up in the 2008 NFL Draft to take quarterback Matt Ryan. The move would have been costly. The picks that Ozzie Newsome was reportedly willing to part with turned into Ray Rice, Tom Zbikowski and Lardarius Webb. Oh and then there was this guy from Delaware named Flacco. Here’s a look back at an article published on April 27,2008… ~ Tony Lombardi   When it came time to pull the trigger...

Did The Ravens Overpay Pitta?

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As the Ravens have agreed to terms with Dennis Pitta on a 5-year, 32 million contract with $16 million guaranteed (reported by Aaron Wilson from the Baltimore Sun), the initial figures certainly jump off the page. After all, Pitta’s career let alone his long-term salary was in jeopardy roughly eight months ago after he suffered a fractured, dislocated right hip. The credit goes to Pitta for not only making a remarkable recovery but gutting out the final four games of the season. Though he wasn’t at 100%, the tough-as-nails TE...

Five Features of a Kubiak Offense

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Give credit where credit is due. John Harbaugh has taken an impressive first step to reconstructing his moribund offense in Baltimore. In hiring former Houston head coach Gary Kubiak to run the show, he has installed one of the best play-designers in the NFL. Kubiak understands how to attack every layer of a defense in the running game and the passing game. Kubiak’s roots are from the West Coast offense. However, he does not run a pure West Coast style the way of Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, and Steve Young....

If The Ravens Don’t Evolve They Will Fall

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Maybe it was fitting that the two teams that ousted the Ravens from playoff contention were the Patriots and the Bengals. Think about what these two teams represent from a competitive standpoint. In New England, you have the team that the Ravens are constantly locking horns with. Through the years, the Ravens have undoubtedly closed the gap, and finally overcame their nemesis last year. But the Patriots are still ahead of the curve when it comes to coaching prowess and simply outworking the rest of the league. They’ll find the...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens at Bengals

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Offense   Think Quick to Declaw Cincinnati Pass Rush It’s a curious question that hasn’t found an answer for years now: Why don’t the Ravens run more screens? Even when quarterback Joe Flacco was a sitting duck against a resurgent New England pass rush, the team didn’t attempt to slow down their rush. When Baltimore ran a screen in a second-and-long situation, after an illegal use of hands penalty, Rice gained 13 yards behind some good open-field blocks. Then we didn’t see another screen the rest of the game. Against...

BATTLE PLANS: Time for Some Power Offense

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  Offense   Double Tight End Crunch Is it time for tight end Dennis Pitta to get more reps on first and second down? That’s the question facing the purple birds this coming Sunday against the Patriots. Thus far, Pitta’s snaps (30 out of 66 in the last game) have been confined to third down passing situations. Counterpart Ed Dickson has been the primary TE on early downs. Coming into this matchup, increasing Pitta’s snaps and using him along with Dickson would breathe new life into an ineffective early down...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens at Lions

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Offense   Lion Taming Controlling the ferocious interior pass rush duo of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley is the monumental task that the Ravens have on deck. The duo is stout and violent. They aren’t just looking to generate sacks and pressures; they are looking to knock players out of the game. In order to keep these two dominant tackles from wreaking havoc, the offensive coaches need to employ quick-hitting plays to keep them off balance. Although their aggressiveness is their biggest strength, it can also be used against them...