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.

Ravens Have Great Front-7 Depth Heading into 2014

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There are plenty of things to be excited about as a Baltimore Ravens fan heading into the 2014 season. Will the offensive line bounce back? Was Joe Flacco’s turnover-ridden 2013 season a fluke or a new trend? How will the secondary look with a new nickel corner and new starting free safety? Above all, though, is one exciting thing to think about on the defensive side. How will Dean Pees get all of his talented front-seven players on the field? Over the past two offseasons, Baltimore’s front office has successfully...

Comparing Baltimore & Houston Tight Ends Since 2008

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One of the prime topics of discussion since the arrival of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has been whether or not his presence in Baltimore next season will lead to a more tight end-friendly pass attack. Recently, we examined the prospect of that, but just on a 2013, league-wide basis. The information is nice from a short-term perspective, and the statistics did favor Kubiak’s Houston Texans over the Baltimore Ravens in every major tight end pass offense category. But what if we focused in on the two teams at hand,...

The Battle For Backup QB

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After the writing was scripted on the wall leading up to the draft with head coach John Harbaugh’s intention to add competition for the backup quarterback position well-documented, the Baltimore Ravens took action when they selected Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round. With Tyrod Taylor set to become a free agent after the 2014 season and Baltimore’s urge to upgrade the backup quarterback situation, addressing the problem now instead of next year gives Baltimore a head start on the process. While Taylor is still under contract with...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Pernell McPhee

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As is the case again this offseason after the Baltimore Ravens used three draft picks on the front seven, there is a logjam at several positions along the defensive front. Last season, free agent additions Chris Canty and Marcus Spears created a surplus of defensive ends, and in order to compensate, the coaching staff took one of the team’s more underrated defensive linemen – Pernell McPhee – and experimented with him at outside linebacker. A defensive end by nature, moving McPhee to outside linebacker never became a complete process, as...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Ricky Wagner

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Seven rounds of the 2014 NFL draft passed by with no answers as to who will be the replacement for Michael Oher at right tackle. The Baltimore Ravens entered the draft with only one true candidate – second-year tackle Ricky Wagner, which led many to believe that the Ravens would address the right tackle position in the draft. But with training camp less than two months away and the Ravens still penciling in Wagner, is he possibly the answer at the position? Once June 1st rolls around, don’t be surprised...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Can Rackley Help the Ravens?

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With the current limit for NFL rosters set at 90, this time of year allows teams to take chances on players who normally wouldn’t get a shot when the roster limit is lowered, hoping to find a diamond in the rough before training camp. For the Ravens, one of their recent signings, left guard Will Rackley, appears to be a “he isn’t good, but we’ll bring him in and see if we can turn things around” move. Normally a player of Rackley’s caliber – a castoff of the Jacksonville Jaguars...

Is Kubiak’s Offense Really Tight End Friendly?

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Much has been made about the hiring of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and the offensive system he’ll bring to Baltimore. The first speculation is that his zone-blocking prowess and experience will be one of the staples of Baltimore’s offense, something that woefully failed last season. Another dynamic of Kubiak’s offense that fans anticipate to see is the increased role of the tight ends in the game plan. With the signing of Owen Daniels, another former player from Kubiak’s offense in Houston as well as the Kubiak-influenced selection of tight end...

One Fan’s Experience at Radio City on Draft Night

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For those who devoutly follow the NFL draft, no place is more iconic than Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Most of today’s NFL stars’ careers began in the building, and draft day memories aren’t complete without the snippets of the show hall we see once a year for three days on ESPN and NFL Network. To complete a lifelong goal of mine, I figured it was finally time for me to make the trek up to NYC to finally see the draft in person. Every time I...

Tale of the Tape: Mosley the Complete Package at ILB

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Just a little more than one week ago, Roger Goodell waltzed up to the podium with the renowned “Pick Is In” text below him and a Baltimore Ravens logo to the side. All of the safeties were still on the board, including Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and the Ravens still needed a right tackle; which route would they choose? Inside linebacker. Wait, inside linebacker?! Spurning the expectations to fill a need, the Ravens instead chose for Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley’s name to echo throughout Radio City Music Hall. Mosley to Baltimore...

A Look at the Ravens’ Most Promising 2014 UDFAs

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There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and the Baltimore Ravens finding gems in the undrafted free agency period. Seemingly every year, the Ravens strike gold with at least one undrafted rookie, with the most recent find being wide receiver Marlon Brown. Brown is just the latest example of a long line of recent success stories. In 2012, Baltimore’s Super Bowl run was aided by two undrafted rookies, kicker Justin Tucker and wide receiver Deonte Thompson. Tucker may turn out to be Baltimore’s best undrafted free agent signing in...

Ravens Select WR Campanaro in Round 7

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Just when we all thought the Ravens were finished with their 2014 draft class, they traded a sixth round pick in 2015 for Cleveland’s seventh round pick this year (pick 218) in order to select Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro. A local product and River Hill alum, Campanaro was a catch machine (229 career receptions) in Wake Forest’s offense, and is one of the better slot receivers in this year’s draft. The Ravens hadn’t picked a wide receiver until the selection of Campanaro went through, and perhaps they traded the...

Ravens Select QB Wenning in Round 6

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It happened. We weren’t 100% sure if the Ravens would stay true to their word of finding competition for backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor in this year’s draft, but with what we thought would be their final draft pick in 2014, the Ravens used a sixth round selection on Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning. Headliners such as Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and David Fales were off the board, but Wenning is no slouch as a consolation prize. The Ravens have brought in stiff competition for Taylor, and quite frankly someone who...

Ravens Select OL Urschel in Round 5

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With the second-to-last pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens provided a bit of a surprise. With positions such as wide receiver, offensive tackle and even cornerback expected to be addressed at some point today, the Ravens opted to beef up the interior offensive line, adding Penn State guard John Urschel. The first thing that jumps out about Urschel is his well-documented success off the field. Urschel graduated Penn State with a 4.0 GPA and recently won the William V. Campbell trophy, the “academic Heisman.” The...

Ravens Select DL Urban and RB Taliaferro in Round 4

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With two picks at the end of the fourth round, the Baltimore Ravens addressed a need on offense while also adding even more defensive line depth. The first pick (at 134) was Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban, while a few picks later (at 138) the Ravens took a running back (as expected), selecting Coastal Carolina’s Lorenzo Taliaferro. Urban is a massive, lengthy (6’7, with 34 1/4″ arms) defensive lineman who may be more of a project for the Ravens, and his immediate and long-term roles aren’t defined just yet. At Virginia,...

Ravens Select TE Crockett Gillmore in Round 3

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After addressing all three levels of the defense with their first three draft picks, the Baltimore Ravens turned to the offensive side of the ball to round out their three-player haul on Friday night, selecting Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore. Selecting a tight end wasn’t a surprise, but drafting Gillmore in the third round was, as he was expected by many to be a day three pick. Baltimore needed another tight end, however, and with the talent pool at the position lacking at the end of the third round,...

Ravens Select FS Terrence Brooks in Round 3

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One Florida State defender could have been enough, but why not two? With the 79th pick in the draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Florida State free safety Terrence Brooks. After hitting the best player available market with the first two picks, needs appeared to finally cross over with best players for the Ravens to pick, as Brooks can be the solution Baltimore desperately needed at the free safety position. He is a scrappy, all-over-the-place, rangy safety whose high-octane playing style should fit in well alongside Matt Elam in Baltimore’s secondary....

Ravens Select DT Timmy Jernigan in Round 2

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After nabbing former Alabama standout linebacker C.J. Mosely in the first round on Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens turned to another recent National Champion defender with their second round pick. In what was a fairly large surprise given the expectations of drafting either a right tackle or free safety, the Ravens opted instead to address the trenches, selecting Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Just like the Mosley pick, the Ravens didn’t address a need by picking Jernigan, but with Baltimore’s tradition of always addressing the defensive line on draft...

Baltimore Ravens’ Needs in The 2014 NFL Draft

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With next week’s NFL draft looming, the Baltimore Ravens can use the process as the springboard for rounding out the potential 53-man roster for the 2014 season. A few post-June 1 free agent signings that could bring in roster-caliber players will almost surely take place (2013 examples: Daryl Smith, Dallas Clark, Brandon Stokley), but overall, Baltimore’s eight picks in this year’s draft will be the last prime opportunity to upgrade an 8-8 roster from a season ago. In the first round, the Ravens will have plenty of options but with...

A Ravens Draft Day Preview

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The 2014 NFL draft is less than a week away, and compared to recent years, the upcoming draft may be the most important for the Baltimore Ravens during the Harbaugh Era. Entering the draft with their highest pick since 2008 (started 8th overall before selecting Joe Flacco with the 18th overall pick), Baltimore’s 17th overall pick in the draft adds intrigue to what is often a late first round pick that the team holds. With a higher pick comes a higher chance of landing an instant impact player and potential...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Defensive Line

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Over the past several years, you’d be hard pressed to describe a big difference between a revolving door and the Baltimore Ravens defensive line. Working the transition from player to player as well as any team in the NFL, the Ravens continuously replace free agents with new defensive linemen, and almost never undergo any appreciable “transition period” of diminished effectiveness. The Ravens typically achieve this feat through the draft, by making it an annual purpose to add at least one defensive lineman, even if defensive end or tackle isn’t a...
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