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.

Have The Ravens Found Their Franchise Right Tackle?

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The Baltimore Ravens entered the 2014 regular season with plenty of unanswered questions. Through seven games, most of the uncertainties, such as whether or not the run game would return to normal and if quarterback Joe Flacco would go back to his 2012 self, have been answered. One of the biggest uncertainties was the right tackle position. However, there are no questions anymore when it comes to who should be the right tackle and if that player is doing his job well. Second-year tackle Ricky Wagner entered the season with little...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Will Hill’s Ravens Debut

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The Baltimore Ravens have the best scoring defense in the league (14.9 points per game), but a much-anticipated addition to the defense that showed up for the first time on Sunday could make the defense even better. After serving a six-game suspension, safety Will Hill rejoined the team last week and got up to speed in enough time to make his Ravens debut. Not only did he suit up for the team on short notice, he saw a respectable amount of playing time and contributed in a diverse combination of ways...

TALE OF THE TAPE: The Value of “Juice”

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Much has been made about the resurgence of the Baltimore Ravens offense, particularly the offensive line. The 2013 season may go down as the worst collective performance by a Ravens offensive line in team history, but 2014 couldn’t be any more different. Baltimore’s rejuvenated offense (the team is tied for fifth in the NFL with 27.3 points per game), can largely be credited to consistent blocking up front, a strong run game (fourth in the league in rushing yards with 797) and quality play from quarterback Joe Flacco. But what...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Flacco’s Record Day

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Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a banner day in almost every aspect for the Baltimore Ravens. The team successfully went on the road and routed its opponent, 48-17, and many of the Ravens players had their best performances of the season. But no Raven stood above the rest quite like quarterback Joe Flacco, whose 306-yard, five-touchdown performance was the single best regular season game of his career. Capitalizing off consistently soft and lax coverage from the Bucs, Flacco reset the NFL record books by becoming the fastest...

TALE OF THE TAPE: The Emergence of a Shutdown Corner

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During the 2011 season, the Baltimore Ravens had an emerging star at the cornerback position on their hands. Lardarius Webb – in his third NFL season – burst onto the scene during Baltimore’s near-Super Bowl year, proving that his immense athleticism could evolve into the talent needed to be a shutdown cornerback in the NFL. At the same time, though, the Ravens had another project going through the rounds. 2011 first round pick Jimmy Smith came along at a troubling rate. When he joined the team, it was believed that...

TALE OF THE TAPE: What Went Wrong Up Front?

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The consensus most pleasant Baltimore Ravens story line during the first month of the regular season was the stellar play of the offensive line. After a putrid 2013 performance from the unit, by September’s end, Baltimore’s offensive line was beginning to look like one of the NFL’s best. While that still may end up being the case, Sunday’s performance against the Indianapolis Colts does bring some concern as to how consistent the line can be on a weekly basis, especially during road games. Quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked three times...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Terrence Time

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When the Baltimore Ravens took on the Carolina Panthers Sunday, a pleasant surprise occurred when the active roster was released. Rookie free safety Terrence Brooks – inactive for the Week 3 game against the Cleveland Browns – was active. For a secondary that struggled drive after drive against the Browns, adding Brooks back to the mix couldn’t hurt, and the results paid off. Not only was the third-round pick active, but he took his first defensive snaps of his career, and plenty of them. Brooks was on the field for...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Hurst’s Strong Debut

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When the news broke that franchise left tackle Eugene Monroe would miss a few games with a knee injury, uncertainty swirled regarding the position. The only options the Ravens had on the roster were veteran Jah Reid and undrafted rookie James Hurst. Reid – who has struggled his entire career – didn’t jump out as an intriguing option, while Hurst – a player who struggled regularly during the preseason – didn’t necessarily scream “start this guy” either. But the Ravens went with the young, unproven talent in Hurst, who will...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Ravens Need More from D.Smith

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During the offseason, the Baltimore Ravens spent much of their time locking up their own free agents as opposed to seeking new additions from other teams. From Dennis Pitta, to Eugene Monroe, to Daryl Smith, the Ravens did a fairly good job when it came to retaining their own guys. So far, re-signing Pitta and Monroe hasn’t gone as planned due to injuries. Both received reasonable contracts though, and in the case of Monroe, his prior health didn’t suggest any high chance of injury before this season. Smith, on the...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Elam’s Forgettable Day

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During Sunday’s 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens team as a whole had a fairly solid outing. Outside of a few players who glaringly had negative performances, the team effort displayed was an admirable one. One player who did not partake in the successes of Sunday’s win was second-year safety Matt Elam, whose performance in coverage was probably the worst of his young career. Still only 19 games into his career, there’s still plenty of time for improvement for Elam. But so far in 2014 – even...

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...