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: 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...

Addition of S Will Hill a Shrewd Move

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Entering training camp, the Baltimore Ravens had a pretty steady and favorable roster, save one aspect. The secondary as a whole was never a bright spot entering the 2014 season, with lack of depth an issue at both safety positions, as well as at cornerback, after Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. One player who was expected to aid the depth issue and step in as a contributor with hopes of filling Corey Graham’s void at nickel cornerback was veteran Aaron Ross, who never even practiced in pads with the team...

Training Camp Preview: Secondary

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The Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2012, but it wasn’t due to the play of the secondary. Aging faster than desired, Baltimore’s safety duo of Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed didn’t help much as cover guys and Lardarius Webb’s ACL injury made the cornerback depth sparse throughout the now legendary playoff run. After winning in spite of a poor secondary, the Ravens made it clear during the 2013 offseason that they were going to rebuild the unit. That started with the selection of strong safety Matt Elam, who experienced...

Training Camp Preview: Linebackers

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Not much happened at linebacker for the Ravens this offseason. Other than drafting Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round, both the inside and outside linebackers group remained intact, thanks in part to the extension of Terrell Suggs and re-signing of Daryl Smith. Not much has changed for either group, but there’s still a handful of players to keep an eye on as training camp begins. Notable new additions: C.J. Mosley – The only addition to either unit expected to have any distinct amount of playing time this season,...

Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line

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In terms of depth across the unit, the defensive line for the Baltimore Ravens ranks near the top of the deepest positional units for the team heading into training camp. Using the draft yet again to add youth to the defensive front, the Ravens have stockpiled enough talent at defensive tackle and defensive end to have an ample influx of youth, while also possessing key veterans to round out the unit. When it comes to predicting playing time, guessing which defensive linemen will get the most on-field time this season...

Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line

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We could just say “Baltimore’s offensive line can’t get any worse than last year, so it can only go up from here” and call it a day. That assumption is probably true, but how much better the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens will be in 2014 remains to be seen. Easily the most forgettable collective offensive line performance in franchise history, the 2013 line never gelled, never had one good collective game, and quite frankly was just defunct of talent. The Ravens are returning their two lone quality starters...

Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

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No offensive positional group will look more different for the Baltimore Ravens this seasons than tight end, where newly re-signed Dennis Pitta is the lone returning player at the position. After an underwhelming 2013 season in which Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark were the two main contributors, the front office overhauled and improve a once ailing group. While still not anything above average, Baltimore’s set of tight ends is much more promising heading into this year than the last. Notable new additions: Owen Daniels and Crockett Gillmore - Once offensive coordinator...
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