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.

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...

6 Ravens Hoping to Return to Pre-2013 Form in 2014

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The 2013 season was, in a way, inevitable for the Baltimore Ravens. Five consecutive playoff appearance, five straight seasons with playoff wins, three AFC Championship Game appearances and one Super Bowl win. How much longer could that run of excellence last? No team can make the playoffs every single year, and after a 2012-13 offseason saw an abnormal amount of roster turnover, Baltimore’s playoff reign was bound to end. Contributing to a January-less season of football in Baltimore was the fact that many key players had subpar seasons after playing...

Ravens Camp Battles to Focus Upon

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The process of breaking down the prospective 53-man roster for the 2014 Baltimore Ravens has already begun. To continue the practice, let’s take a look at some of the key positional battles as training camp approaches, and which players have the advantage in each race. Training camp promises to provide a slew of unpredictable competitions at almost every position. Who will come out on top? Third Receiver (Jacoby Jones vs Marlon Brown) – An underrated battle to keep an eye on. With the addition of veteran Steve Smith, the top...

DEEP DEPTH: Ranking The Ravens Positional Units

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With the regular season opener just under three months away, the players on the current roster for the Baltimore Ravens will comprise the majority of the 53-man unit that will take the field against the Cincinnati Bengals for the Week 1 kickoff. Barring a veteran free agent signing or two, beginning to assess the outlook at each position for the Ravens is justified, as much of the roster can already be predicted. After an 8-8 season, Baltimore has a playoff-caliber roster once again, one with measurable depth at almost every...

The Techniques Across The Defensive Line

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What’s Meant by a 0-1-2-3-5 Technique? When projecting each Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman’s fit with the team, their position along the defensive line must also be put into context. For example, in a base 3-4 defense such as Baltimore’s, certain defensive line techniques are needed to have a diverse and versatile front. Techniques are more specific description’s of where a defensive lineman lines up than a just a position such as “defensive tackle” or “defensive end.” With varying defensive fronts among teams, those positions become hard to identify, as a...

Power Ranking The Ravens 2014 Rookie Class

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As seen through last year’s rookie class, the Baltimore Ravens are often hesitant to throw newcomers into the fire, typically only relying on early-round rookies to make an impact. In fact, first-round pick Matt Elam was the only rookie to see the field on a regular basis, as rookie counterparts such as Arthur Brown, Brandon Williams, Ricky Wagner touched the field in limited roles, and three rookies – Ryan Jensen, Kapron Lewis-Moore and Aaron Mellette – (partially due to injury) never touched the field at all. Fast forward to 2014, and...

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...