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.

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...

Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

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Typically one of the low points of the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, wide receiver has quickly emerged as one of the offensive strongpoints for the team as the beginning of the 2014 season looms. Historically a group that has lacked any top options and/or inherent depth, Baltimore has a deep, diverse set of receivers, with multiple additions that should help out the roster this season. Notable new additions: Steve Smith and Michael Campanaro – The Ravens lacked any veteran presence at the position in 2013, with Jacoby Jones being...

Training Camp Preview: Running Backs

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One of the position groups with the most uncertainty heading into the Baltimore Ravens 2014 training camp is the offensive backfield, where Baltimore’s expected top three ball carriers all had some form of issue in the offseason. Arrests headlined the offseasons of running backs Ray Rice and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, with a suspension for Rice looming as the season approaches. 2013 backup ball carrier Bernard Pierce is returning from offseason shoulder surgery – not an ideal issue for a running back (pass protection, ability to take defenders straight on) –...

Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks

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As training camp quickly approaches, the Ravens have two story lines to follow at the most important position – quarterback – which is two more than they usually have had in recent years heading into a new season. Rookie sixth-round draft pick Keith Wenning will battle it out with fourth-year player Tyrod Taylor – who is entering the final season of his contract – for the backup quarterback job. The duel for backup quarterback may not be the most heated of training camp competitions in Baltimore, but it’s still important,...

2014 All-AFC North Team

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Less than two months until NFL Opening Weekend 2014, the AFC North is as unpredictable of a division as any in the NFL. The reigning champion Cincinnati Bengals are reloaded for another run at the division crown, while the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have made their fair share of offseason moves to make a run at dethroning the reigning champs. No team stands out as the worst, no team stands out at the best (although it’s Cincinnati’s division until further notice). But what if one team was...

Projecting Camp Surprises, Disappointments – Defense

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For Offense, click here The countdown to training camp has begun, with the commencement of the 2014 campaign just weeks away for the Baltimore Ravens. After an unordinary 8-8, playoff-less season for the team, turning the page and officially starting full practices for a new season allows team and fans alike to finally turn over a new leaf and shift all eyes and discussion to the 2014 season. Last year’s season was full of disappointments, and all signs point to the Ravens rebounding this year with an improved roster, and,...

Projecting Camp Surprises, Disappointments – Offense

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The countdown to training camp has begun, with the commencement of the 2014 campaign just weeks away for the Baltimore Ravens. After an unordinary 8-8, playoff-less season for the team, turning the page and officially starting full practices for a new season allows team and fans alike to finally turn over a new leaf and shift all eyes and discussion to the 2014 season. Last year’s season was full of disappointments, and all signs point to the Ravens rebounding this year with an improved roster, and, hopefully, an improved win...

Time for Torrey Smith’s Pay Day

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It isn’t often that we get to discuss the prospect of the Baltimore Ravens signing a wide receiver they drafted to a long-term deal, but as the 2014 regular season approaches, that discussion may intensify with former second round pick Torrey Smith. The fourth-year player is entering the final season of his 2011 rookie contract, and with no other picks from that draft in place to ink a new deal with the Ravens at the moment, all signs point to Smith being Baltimore’s next order of business in the contract...

Which Remaining Free Agents Could Help Ravens?

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With training camp only a month away, the big-name free agents have all signed, and big splashes are very unlikely. At this point in free agency, teams are just looking for low-cost veterans who could outplay their salary and provide their team with a bargain. For the Baltimore Ravens, they accomplished just that last season, giving veteran linebacker Daryl Smith just over $1 million on a one-year deal, but ultimately getting a full-time defender and dependable coverage option. It’s unlikely the Ravens can find a steal of Smith’s caliber every...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Does Aaron Ross Make the Cut?

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The inevitable occurred this week when the Baltimore Ravens brought in some much needed competition at the cornerback position. Up until this point, inexperienced corners Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson were the lone contenders to take over Corey Graham’s role as the third cornerback in nickel situations. Even if one of the two ultimately become perfectly capable of taking on that role, it would have been a mistake to enter the season without giving them experienced competitors to face off with. The Ravens did just that, signing veteran cornerbacks Aaron...

What Mellette’s Release Means for WR Competition

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Once a perennial weak point of Baltimore’s roster, wide receiver has become one of the strong suits for the Ravens as 2014 training camp approaches. Unlike in recent years – particularly 2013, when there was plenty of uncertainty surrounding the position heading into the season – there is little worry that the Ravens will have at least an adequate receiver corps this season, if not one that can be a difference maker in some games. The group of receivers is far from complete, though, as the competition for roster spots...