About Joe Wedra

Joe Wedra

Joe is an NFL enthusiast that spends way too much time studying tape, but he wouldn't want it any other way. Joe can be found on Twitter @JoeWedra, where he'll tweet out everything from Ravens analysis to scouting reports on Division II offensive line prospects...all for the love of the game!

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: The Manziel Package

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Cleveland Browns Manziel vs. the Ravens? We all love to talk about Johnny Manziel and what he can do – but how will we feel when we list the possibility of him coming in against the Ravens? Last week in the team’s win against the Saints, Kyle Shanahan went with the Manziel package for just a handful of plays, to no success – if that makes you feel any better. The offense usually lines Manziel up in the pistol formation and lets him either hand the ball up the middle...

Elam Doubles Down as Nickel Corner

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The Ravens probably had a great set of plans for their secondary heading into the 2014 season. Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith would be locking down the corner spots with an improved Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson coming in when needed. Matt Elam and Darian Stewart would be roaming the back line of defense, and all would be perfect for the Dean Pees led defense. Injuries happened. Wrenches were thrown at the Ravens coaching staff. Webb obviously hasn’t shown that he’s game ready (something Harbaugh would neither confirm nor deny...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Bengals Face Tough Test

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CINCINNATI BENGALS Bengals show their respect Few times throughout the course of the NFL season can we applaud an organization for doing something totally right. With all of the bad press surrounding teams, it’s nice to have a story like the one that has unfolded with the Bengals and Devon Still. According to ESPN, the Bengals “are donating all proceeds from Still’s jersey sales to pediatric cancer research”. The media outlet confirmed that these sales have exceeded expectations: Less than 24 hours later, a team official told ESPN.com that more...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Bengals’ OL Concerns

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Cincinnati Bengals Newsy Note of the Week Andre Smith missed the entire pre-season, and it appears his status for Sunday’s game against the Ravens is still up in the air. The starting right tackle returned to practice this week after reportedly battling concussion-like symptoms. Here’s a quote from Marvin Lewis via Cincy Jungle: “I don’t know if Andre will be ready to come out of the gate,” Lewis said before practice. “Concerns really don’t matter, because nobody gives me anything for them, so we’ll know where Andre is when we...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Out in a Flash

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CINCINNATI BENGALS Burfict locked down The Bengals have found some hidden gems throughout the years, and when they took a chance on Vontaze Burfict out of college, they were highly criticized for keeping a player on their roster that had a well-chronicled history of off-the-field issues. Those critics have been quieted over the past couple of years as Burfict has taken the AFC North by storm and has made an impact in seemingly every game he’s played in. The team announced on Wednesday that they locked down their Will linebacker...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Steelers’ Run Game Not So Scary

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Cincinnati Bengals Dalton puts on a show, looking season-ready If there was any doubt about Andy Dalton’s 2014 readiness, it was put to rest after what the “red-headed rifle” did a few nights ago against the New York Jets. While the Bengals dropped their second straight pre-season game 25-17, Dalton and his receivers put on a show. The starting offense scored on the first and only three drives Dalton was at the helm. His final line was 8/8, 144 yards and a TD. He was able to hit A.J Green...

Impressive Signs Abound for Ravens in Preseason Opener

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It was a night of reunions, debuts, and surprises at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night as the Ravens were able to run all over the 49ers, 23-3. John Harbaugh was able to advance his NFL record against his brother in NFL play to 3-0 as his “mighty men” impressed taking the big stage for the first time in 2014. Here’s a look at what we learned in all three phases of the game last night: OFFENSE Smooth sailing for Kubiak’s debut There’s no reason to believe anyone will take...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: An AFC North Update

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CINCINNATI BENGALS Dalton gets rich, Bengals get richer? Andy Dalton is the league’s latest multi-million dollar quarterback, as the “red-headed rifle” signed a 6-year, 115-million dollar deal with the Bengals this week. Now locked down and secured for the future, it should be interesting to see what Dalton can muster up in the 2014 season. As many have reported, this contract isn’t as flashy as it seems. Pro Football Talk reported that this contract is an extremely safe deal for Cincinnati, giving them the option to ultimately opt-out if things...

How Long Will Justin Forsett Be a Raven?

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The addition of Justin Forsett wasn’t just a “camp move” for the Ravens. Unlike many signings that take place during the off-season, where teams add depth just to have warm bodies at camp, Forsett’s signing will mean something once the Ravens take the field on September 7th against the Bengals. With Ray Rice’s two game suspension – discipline the team anticipated – there is a window of opportunity for Forsett to showcase his abilities in the coming weeks. Many are expecting the team to keep three running backs (not including...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Burning Bridges in Pittsburgh

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As we enter the heart of the training camp season, let’s dive into what’s going on around the AFC North in another edition of Behind Enemy Lines.   CLEVELAND BROWNS Austin due for a big year? The Browns did a lot right during the offseason, Johnny Manziel included. Despite the media circus and speculation frenzy, the offense as a whole appears to be headed in the right direction. One key piece of that fluid offensive game plan looks to be former Cowboy receiver Miles Austin. Austin has apparently showed big...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Finley a Steeler?

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The Ravens rookies have reported to camp to begin their quest to solidify a spot on the team’s 53-man roster. The rosters around the division will soon begin to take shape, so let’s take a look at the battles surrounding the North.   CLEVELAND BROWNS What’s on the running back radar? Following a common theme in the division, the Browns have a crowded backfield competition going into camp. Bringing in Ben Tate from Houston could have huge upside in a pounding division like the AFC North. Tate was utilized as...

Hurst in Line

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As with most teams, the offensive line depth chart has been a bit of a question mark through the years for the Ravens. Guys like Jah Reid and A.Q. Shipley have been waiting in the wings, but it’s been a while since the unit as a whole has had a significant backup plan at any spot on the depth chart. As we enter the 2014 season, the team will again look for above-average performances in training camp and the preseason. And while finding a solid backup has lately been like finding a needle in...

Ravens March to The Beat of Balance in 2014

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It likely wasn’t luck that the Ravens were able to bring in some premier players after the first barrage of free agency. It took a bit more than that to fulfill Ozzie Newsome’s grand scheme. Reeling in guys like Steve Smith, Jeremy Zuttah, and even Justin Forsett weren’t just “helpful additions” that look good big-picture. They were more than just tokens of the free agency process. Each move was the result of hard work and planning. And when it all boils down, every addition the Ravens made was getting both...

AFC North Update: A 3-Headed Monster in Cincy?

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Steelers May Have a Diamond in The Rough Offseason additions have been plentiful throughout the AFC North during the past few months. Now that OTA’s have concluded and we await the start of training camp, it’s far too soon to determine which team in arguably the most unpredictable division in football improved the most. Do the Browns win with media wonder boy Manziel? Can the red-headed rifle Andy Dalton take control of his team again? Does the Pittsburgh defense return to old-school form? Here’s a quick rundown of potential storylines...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: AFC North OTA Update

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We’re officially under 100 days until the start of the regular season and John Harbaugh’s mighty men are taking the field to prep for their AFC North rivals this season. Things are heating up quickly, so we’ll break out the start of Behind Enemy Lines for the 2014 campaign. It’s going to be a big year - might the Cleveland Browns make a run for the AFC North title? CLEVELAND BROWNS Where will West fit in? To the dismay of local fans, Terrence West is a Brown. While the Ravens would...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Draft History Round 7

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We’ve gone over how the Ravens have fared in rounds one through six in their history, and though there were some busts along the way, the team has certainly, for the most part, strategically found players to build a franchise around. However, there’s no hiding from busts as fans will always point out “what could have been” when front offices make mistakes. The seventh round can be a brutal one, and for the Baltimore Ravens, it hasn’t exactly been profitable. Let’s remember teams don’t expect players they take here to...

A Conference Call With Mike Mayock

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On Thursday afternoon, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock took time for a media conference call to talk about everything related to the NFL Draft. Below, you’ll find some notable bullet-points from Mayock’s chat, including what he thinks the Ravens will do with the 17th pick. RELATED TO THE SELECTION AT 17 The Ravens are one of the best drafting teams in the NFL. Eric DeCosta and Ozzie Newsome received a lot of credit. He feels that trading back is a big option. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will probably be gone at 17....

DRAFT PROSPECTS: Offensive Tackles Rounds 4-7

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As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Barring any trades, the team will pick in the middle of each round—so we’ll see who is available when the Ravens are projected to select their upcoming stars. This will make it easy...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Draft History Round 6

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1996 (172) Dexter Daniels, LB, Florida The Ravens didn’t start their late-round selections off with a bang with this pick as Daniels never made an impact with the team. He played in just a few games during the ’96 season and he wasn’t able to start in the NFL after his short time with the Ravens. GRADE: D 1996 (186) James Roe, WR, Norfolk State The Norfolk State receiver came in and stuck around with the team, but he didn’t make much of an impact. In 1997 and 1998, he reeled in...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Draft History Round 5

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Last week, we touched down on Round 4 of the Ravens draft history. This week we’ll focus on Round 5 where the Ravens clearly found some value. 1996 (153) Jermaine Lewis, WR, Maryland The first 5th round draft pick in team history was a local one as the front office decided to take a chance on a home-grown receiver. Lewis, a track-and-field star, established himself as one of the league’s best kick-returners. While he did have an impact in the Ravens air-attack, he mainly stood out as an ace in the return-game. The multi-purpose...