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.

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...

NFL DRAFT BY POSITION: Inside Linebacker

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So far this offseason, everything has gone right for the Baltimore Ravens in the middle of the defense. Daryl Smith signed a four-year deal to stay in Baltimore, Josh Bynes returned on a one-year deal, and the Ravens are officially done with the two McClains, Jameel and Rolando (OK we THINK they’re done with Rolando, but we’ll believe it when we see it this time). Right now, the depth chart at inside linebacker isn’t one to complain about, with the opening day starting duo promising to be Smith and Arthur...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Outside Linebacker

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Adding another pass rusher is among the least of the worries the Baltimore Ravens have as the NFL draft – which is now only two weeks away – approaches. The two starting spots are already set with Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, a duo that was much better during the first half of the 2013 season than they were during the latter part. In fact, Suggs and Dumervil had just one sack each in the final seven games of last season. After those two, role players such as second-year linebacker...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Cornerback

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With eight draft picks, the Baltimore Ravens enter May’s NFL draft with the ability to upgrade at positions in which they don’t necessarily need upgrades (after filling starter voids, of course). One position on the roster that isn’t in dire of need of help is cornerback, but that shouldn’t stop the Ravens from addressing the position. Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb solidified themselves as a potential top-tier duo last season; however, after those two, uncertainty looms. With full-time third cornerback Corey Graham now in Buffalo, it’ll be up to Chykie...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Safety

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While there are no sure things, seemingly the nearest to one leading up to May’s NFL draft one could say would be that the Baltimore Ravens will take a safety at some point. After using a first round pick on strong safety Matt Elam last year, the Ravens again head into the draft in the market for a starting safety, this time at free safety. Accentuating Baltimore’s need for a starter is the fact that the current depth at both safety positions on the roster is lacking, further fueling the...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Interior Offensive Line

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With the 2014 NFL draft just a few weeks away, the interior offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens has gone from a glaring question mark to one of the most solidified units on the roster. Assuming Kelechi Osemele is healthy and returns to left guard next season, the starting interior line of Osemele, center Jeremy Zuttah and right guard Marshal Yanda is set. That leaves the Ravens with only a need to add depth to the interior, as opposed to finding a year-one starter. Right now, the depth includes centers...

Free Safety a Laughing Matter For Ravens?

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Russell Street Report’s series of NFL draft prospect previews continues, switching to the defensive side of the ball in this edition. Leading up to the first round of the draft on May 8, several potential first round candidates for the Baltimore Ravens will be profiled. Prospects who figure to either be available when the Ravens pick at No. 17 or within close reach of the pick are in play. Ha’Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama • Height: 6’1” • Weight: 208 pounds • 40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds • Vertical jump:...

NFL DRAFT BY POSITION: Offensive Tackle

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Once considered more of a punch line than a credible unit, the offensive front of the Baltimore Ravens has been pieced and reassembled together over the past month, creating a group that looks to have a more respectable output next season. The unit is 4/5 of the way complete, with the re-signing of left tackle Eugene Monroe and trade for center Jeremy Zuttah being Baltimore’s offseason additions in an effort to improve arguably the worst offensive line play in franchise history last season. With the only remaining hole being right...

Can Former Kubiak Pupil Forsett Help Ravens?

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It appears that tight end Owen Daniels could have been the first of many former Gary Kubiak pupils that the coach brings with him to his new team. After adding Daniels – someone who figures to be a valuable complementary piece in the offense next season – the Ravens added another Houston Texans member later that same day, as they signed journeyman running back Justin Forsett. The signing didn’t make many headlines, as the team added the 28-year old on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal after an injury-plagued 2013 season in...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Wide Receiver

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Once considered the most glaring need on the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, the wide receiver position now has some flexibility as the team heads into next month’s NFL draft. After signing Steve Smith and re-upping Jacoby Jones, the team currently has a quality four-deep group of Smith, Jones, Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown. 2013 draft pick Aaron Mellette also figures to come into play for a roster spot next season. That doesn’t take the Ravens out of the running for a wide receiver in the draft, and quite frankly,...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Quarterback

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The Russell Street Report NFL Draft position preview series continues along, this time focusing on the crop of quarterbacks. Click here for Running Backs Click here for Tight Ends Though perhaps not considered a draft possibility for the Baltimore Ravens until recently, now it appears the organization may use one of its eight picks to upgrade the backup quarterback situation, after three underwhelming years from Tyrod Taylor. Head coach John Harbaugh hasn’t deflected the idea, and has acknowledged the need for competition for Taylor, and the former Hokie knows it....

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Tight End

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Russell Street Report’s draft positional series continues, shifting the topic to tight ends. The first installment of the series was a preview of the running backs. Click here to read it. The tight end position figures to be one the Baltimore Ravens will address in next month’s NFL draft, with only one established tight end – Dennis Pitta – on the roster. Drafting a tight end could come sooner than later for the Ravens, as pairing a high-caliber player with Pitta could pay off huge in the long run and...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Running Back

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Leading up to May’s NFL draft, Russell Street Report will provide readers a preview of each position with a Baltimore Ravens focus, profiling the different types of prospects and how they would fit with the Ravens. We start the series off with running back, a position the Ravens figure to address with a draft pick given the new offense, as well as off-field reasons. Here are different key running back traits and possible Ravens targets that possess those abilities: COMPLETE BACKS Bishop Sankey, Washington – With a strong lower body,...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Owen Daniels Worth a Look

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We have reached the dry period of NFL free agency, where the majority of impactful signings have been completed, and teams are now just signing mid-to-low level players to fill roster holes before May’s NFL Draft. For the Baltimore Ravens, the first two weeks of free agency were a resounding success. They maintained most of their own key players, added depth at safety, upgraded the center position via trade, and found a go-to wide receiver. There aren’t many glaring needs left with the draft approaching, and with eight draft picks,...

Ravens 7 Round Mock Draft

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With compensatory picks announced, the draft outlook for the Baltimore Ravens is finally set, with eight draft picks, including four in the top 100. For a team that addressed plenty of holes in free agency (mainly through re-signing its own free agents), there aren’t many glaring needs with the draft less than two months away. But now having the draft picks set, it’s finally time to start taking a look at who the Ravens could potentially target, and more importantly when. Here’s an initial seven-round mock draft for the Ravens:...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Zuttah Offers Significant Improvement

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This Baltimore Ravens offseason just keeps on getting better. On Sunday afternoon, the team acquired veteran center Jeremy Zuttah from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2015 mid-round pick. With the amount of holes on the roster already declining, Zuttah’s addition was just one more step toward fielding a more complete team in 2014. The 27-year-old 2008 draft pick was acquired to be the starting center, and figures into Baltimore’s long-term plans. Upgrading the center position was arguably the top priority of Baltimore’s offseason, as center Gino Gradkowski had a historically...

TALE OF THE TAPE: What The Ravens Get With Stewart

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The Baltimore Ravens didn’t occupy the headlines with a Friday afternoon signing, but they made one that addressed a much-needed hole on the roster. Baltimore and veteran safety Darian Stewart agreed to a one-year deal, adding depth to the thinnest positional group on the roster. After signing veteran Jeromy Miles to a one-year deal (a player used almost exclusively on special teams) earlier in free agency, the Ravens still had a glaring void at safety, as there was no inherent backup-caliber player on the roster at either strong or free...

Ravens’ Reluctance to Move On From Dickson is Puzzling

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Sometimes admitting a mistake, cutting ties with said mistake and moving on is the best way to succeed in the NFL. In recent years, the Baltimore Ravens have successfully admitted their mistakes sooner than later. They cut a rookie draft pick – cornerback Marc Anthony – during the final cuts of 2013 training camp, realizing he may not have been worth a draft pick, moving on and getting rid of the mistake. In the 2012 draft, the Ravens used draft picks on safety Christian Thompson and wide receiver Tommy Streeter....

With Oher Gone, Would Winston Be an Upgrade?

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One week into free agency, the Baltimore Ravens have already addressed several of the most glaring needs on the roster. Through in-house signings, the team has narrowed down its priority list to just a few positions, including center, free safety and right tackle, among others. Guard could also be a need, but since Kelechi Osemele played the 2012 playoffs and 2013 regular season at left guard (when healthy), it should be assumed (for now) that he’ll be back at guard again in 2014. After Michael Oher’s departure to Nashville and with...

Smith Could be Flacco’s “Mason 2.0″

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Last season during the dawn of free agency the idea of the Baltimore Ravens signing outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil was a non-existent one. The former Bronco wasn’t even supposed to hit the open market, yet the Ravens got a helping hand from Lady Luck in the form of a fax machine glitch. The Ravens swooped in and seized the opportunity by signing Dumervil to a five-year deal. Carpe diem! This year, the Ravens may be the beneficiaries of an unexpected free agency twist yet again. A few weeks ago, the...
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