About Kyle Casey

Kyle Casey

Kyle's love of pro and college football stems from his passion for the Baltimore Ravens. He has held season tickets in section 542 of M&T Bank Stadium since 2004. He is currently a sophomore Mass Communications student at Towson University.

TALE OF THE TAPE: Red Zone Woes

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Two games into the season, it’s not too hard to pinpoint the problems regarding the Baltimore Ravens. A strong unit with a respectable 1-1 record given two tough division matchups, the issues that could hold the team back from reaching its potential are noticeable. There are things such as middling cornerback depth and lack of a consistent power running game, but the one struggle that has been painfully obvious thus far has been the lack of red zone success on offense. Ranking 28th in the NFL with a red zone...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Zuttah’s Noticeable Presence

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Through two games for the Baltimore Ravens, other than red zone efficiency there’s been little to complain about offensively. Quarterback Joe Flacco appears to be growing in Gary Kubiak’s offense, the usage of tight ends has increased as expected, Steve Smith Sr. has made an instant impact, Justin Forsett has fared well, but most importantly, the offensive line looks much improved. From a healthy Kelechi Osemele to a not-so bad first two games from Ricky Wagner, all five offensive line positions look to be reliable commodities as the team heads...

TALE OF THE TAPE: No Learning Curve for Mosley?

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For the defense of the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals could have been worse. The unit let up 23 points, which given the struggles of the offense, isn’t that bad, and if it weren’t for a botched play by cornerback Chykie Brown, the perception of the defense’s debut would be much more positive. Now into the regular season, the starting defense still looks to be a strong unit, and one player who must have a consistent year in order to keep the unit together is rookie...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Forsett’s Strong Ravens Debut

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Boy how times have changed. Who could have thought in January that by September, Ray Rice would no longer be a member of the Baltimore Ravens and Justin Forsett would be the hottest running back on the team? Unfortunately, that’s where we find ourselves; however, Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals gave some evidence to suggest that Forsett being the lead back at this point may not be all that bad. Starting the game off as the backup ball carrier, Forsett feasted on his opportunity after starter Bernard Pierce struggled early...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Taming The Bengals’ Green

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When the Baltimore Ravens take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the marquee matchup to follow will be Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green versus Ravens cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. In 2013, facing Green twice, both Smith and Webb fared well, with both having equal opportunities to take on the premier wideout, yielding varied results depending on how they attacked the Bengals star. Stopping the Bengals offense starts with – but hardly ends with – shutting down Green, which takes away an integral part of the passing game. There...

10 Predictions for the 2014 Ravens

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It’s finally game week for the Baltimore Ravens, and while all attention is directed toward the Cincinnati Bengals for now, looking ahead to the entire regular season is just as intriguing. Baltimore’s final roster decisions left many surprised regarding several moves, leaving the uncertainty – yet excitement – heading into a rebound year even more enjoyable. Common sense says that the team’s more improved/solidified roster can’t finish any worse than 8-8 (the team’s 2013 record), and it’d be a major surprise if the Ravens don’t at least remain in playoff...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Can Derek Cox Make The Ravens 53?

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Given the unenviable dilemma the Baltimore Ravens currently have at the cornerback position, the general consensus was that the team would add some new faces to the nest with hopes of finding a castoff turned contributor. The Ravens started that process on Wednesday, signing veteran cornerback Derek Cox, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and most recently, the Minnesota Vikings. A player who only lasted one year into his four-year, $20 million deal with the Chargers and then couldn’t last longer than the first round of cuts with...

DEFENSIVE OBSERVATIONS: Dominique Franks Isn’t So Bad

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Saturday night’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins was a perfect tuneup for the defense of the Baltimore Ravens. In the game in which the starters play the most, a final test against Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson and Alfred Morris, among others, would be a proper way to gauge the readiness of the defensive unit as the regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals rapidly approaches. The defense lived up to the task, and kept Washington’s first-team offense contained for the most part. What did we learn about the...

Observations from Preseason Game 3 – Offense

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The third preseason game for the Baltimore Ravens – considered the true “dress rehearsal” for the regular season – wasn’t pretty, and there is no shortage of question marks as the team heads into the preseason finale on Thursday night in New Orleans. Having the first team offense on the field for over 40 plays against the Washington Redskins, plenty was offered by the starters, offering some positive thoughts, but some concerns. 1. What can we take away from Saturday night’s 23-17 win over Washington? The decline of the starting...

Stock Up, Stock Down at Midway Point of Preseason

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So far through two preseason games, things have gone just about as expected for the Baltimore Ravens. It was known that the lack of quality of depth at cornerback would be painfully obvious, and it was expected that the offensive line and run game would look improved, among many other things. Within the story lines of each positional unit has been the stellar play of some individuals, and some concerning regressions and/or lack of growth for many others. At the midway point of the preseason, whose stock has gone up...

Observations From Preseason Game 2: Defense/Special Teams

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After a notable defensive preseason debut in which the Ravens allowed only three points, things didn’t come so easy on Saturday night against the Dallas Cowboys, as the defense conceded 30 points. How many points the opposition allowed isn’t too big of a concern right now, since quite frankly the defense as a whole didn’t necessarily look any worse than in the first preseason game. The 37-30 win over the Cowboys offered plenty of things of note when it came to both defense and special teams. 1. Rookie Terrence Brooks didn’t...

Observations from Preseason Game 2 – Offense

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Saturday night’s win against the Dallas Cowboys was not nearly as impressive of an outing for the offense compared to the preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers, but it was still a positive performance nonetheless. After a preseason debut in which the starting offense marched down the field in dominating fashion for a touchdown in Week 1, both the starters and backups showed more inconsistencies during their trip to Dallas. There’s plenty to dissect, but also plenty to build upon as the Ravens have reached to midway point of...

RAVENS v. COWBOYS: What to Watch For

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The first dress rehearsal for the Baltimore Ravens offered some clarity regarding several of the team’s uncertainties but that’s not to say there isn’t a shortage of unanswered questions as the second preseason battle approaches. As John Harbaugh’s crew heads to Dallas to square off with the Cowboys on Saturday night, there are plenty of things to keep an eye on regarding key playing time distribution, roster battles and more. What and who should you be keeping your eye when the Ravens take the field at Jerry World on Saturday?...

Preseason 2014: What we Know, What we Don’t

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Through one preseason game and most of training camp, there is still plenty of unsettled business en route to the Baltimore Ravens cutting the roster down to 53 players by August 30. Along with finding the right 53 players comes finding the right roles for the lucky ones to still be Ravens when the calendar turns to September. Thursday’s preseason opener did offer some clarity at some key positions, and there are some things we know with less than a month until the regular season. There’s also plenty that we...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Williams Shines in 2014 Debut

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The first dress rehearsal of the 2014 season for the Baltimore Ravens offered several bright spots, particularly on defense. In a collective effort to allow only three points, strong performances by Asa Jackson and C.J. Mosley, among others, capped off a positive first showing. But one player stood above the rest in his 2014 debut: second-year nose tackle Brandon Williams. A true two-gap nose tackle whose playing time was limited as a rookie, Williams’ role with the team this year became more clear on Thursday night against the San Francisco...

Observations from Ravens/49ers: Defense/Special Teams

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An improved offense grabbed the headlines for the Baltimore Ravens in their preseason-opening win against the San Francisco 49ers, and rightfully so, but the defense didn’t disappoint either. The three points allowed came against San Francisco’s first-team offense, and having the benefit of facing Blaine Gabbert for most of the game facilitated the end result of not allowing another score after the first drive. Plenty can be taken away from the performances of the defense and special teams, both good and bad. 1. C.J. Mosley was as advertised in his...

Observations from Preseason Win vs 49ers – Offense

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Thursday night’s preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers offered Ravens fans something they haven’t seen since 2012: a competent offense, particularly as pertains to the run game. The team averaged almost five yards per carry on 48 attempts, totaling 237 yards on the ground. Overall – while still just an opening preseason game – it looks like fans can have some confidence in both the (starting) offensive line and running backs unit as 1/4 of the preseason is already in the books. Baltimore’s first test of the season offered...

These 3 Ravens Need a Good Preseason

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For most of the key players on the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, the four preseason games this month will be nothing more than a way to get in playing shape, get on the same page with teammates and prepare for the regular season. The case for many others, though, is much different. The preseason offers players a chance to skyrocket their status on a team, whether it may mean going from the roster bubble to the final 53-man squad, or going from the bottom of the depth chart to...

5 Players With Most to Prove in Preseason

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The 2014 NFL preseason is almost upon us, and for the Baltimore Ravens, it will be a four-game audition for many players who, by the start of the season, may be on the outside looking in when it comes to either a roster spot or significant playing time. During last year’s preseason, Marlon Brown’s gave quite the performance. The then-rookie undrafted free agent was second in preseason snaps for Ravens offensive players, stepping up during the extended playing time with 10 catches and two touchdowns. Training camp is where players...

Improved OL Key to Ravens’ Playoff Hopes

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With the first preseason game just a week away for the Baltimore Ravens, and the regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals quickly approaching, it’s hard not to be optimistic about the 2014 season. After an abnormal 2013 season in which the Ravens not only failed to make the playoffs – for the first time since 2007 – but looked terrible in the process, all stock signs are pointing up this time around. For as bad as the team looked last year – capped off by a historically poor team yards...