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 Look to Keep Their Own Free Agents

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Once 4PM rolls around on Tuesday afternoon, the official start of free agency, the Baltimore Ravens will find themselves in seemingly unchartered territory with plenty of cap space, which could lead to some uncharacteristically early free agent signings. The Ravens typically don’t spend heavily in free agency – and rightfully so, as there are better ways to build a roster. But this year could be different and their comfortable cap situation could persuade them to make a notable signing, rather than a handful of castoffs to save compensatory picks. They’ll...

The Luxury of Keeping Jacoby Jones

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens will have a crucial decision to make at the wide receiver position. Should they pursue Jacoby Jones and try to keep him in Baltimore, or look at other free agent options at wide receiver? With Baltimore still struggling mightily to find a true No. 1 receiver – or at least a No. 2 receiver opposite Torrey Smith – re-upping Jones’ contract for a few more seasons in Baltimore wouldn’t fix that problem. However, after a fairly underrated 2013 season with the team, Jones may...

Ravens Should Pass ON Kelvin Benjamin, Not TO Him

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Sift your way through the forums and comment sections here at Russell Street Report, and you’ll find plenty of fans presenting draft possibilities at wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens. Many options make sense in such a deep wide receiver class. But one name doesn’t make sense. Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin. Skyrocketing his media hype after catching the game-winning touchdown in this year’s BCS National Championship Game, fans (and likely many NFL teams) have salivated over the possibility of drafting a 6’5, 240 pound receiver. How often do receivers with body...

Looking at Potential Free Agent Tackle Options for the Ravens

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The deadline to apply the Franchise Tag came and went Monday afternoon, and the Baltimore Ravens opted not to slap it on left tackle Eugene Monroe. As a result, the team is quickly approaching a dire situation that could materialize one week from today. If the Ravens fail to sign Monroe to a long-term deal prior to March 11 – which seems like the most likely scenario right now – the 26-year old will be free to sign with any team. With other tackle-needy teams having plenty of cap space...

A Worthy Avant For The Ravens

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One team’s trash is another team’s treasure. That’s been the offseason mantra for the Baltimore Ravens in recent years, as general manager Ozzie Newsome has favored free agents who were cut by their previous teams. While the talent pool is lacking in this category this season, the benefits are not. By signing a released player, it saves the Ravens an opportunity to receive compensatory picks for lost free agents each year. Last season the team employed this tactic, signing Elvis Dumervil, Michael Huff and Marcus Spears, among others, allowing the...

D.Smith Set to Cash In – Should Ravens Sign the Check?

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For the second straight offseason, the Baltimore Ravens have a plethora of free agent decisions to make in their efforts to make the roster a playoff-caliber team once again. After a 2013 season that was deemed a transitional year, the cap situation for the Ravens has improved, but it still isn’t ideal with key contributors such as Eugene Monroe, Dennis Pitta and Arthur Jones set to be free to sign elsewhere on March 11. Baltimore likely does not have enough financial freedom to keep all three. One Raven – inside...

Towson’s West a Good Fit with his Hometown Team?

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It’s a rarity that there is a local product who draws national buzz in the Baltimore area leading up to the NFL Draft. But when Towson running back Terrance West declared for the draft in January, he immediately became the best NFL-caliber player from a Maryland school in this year’s draft. West could be drafted higher than the last Tiger selected, offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, who was drafted in the fourth round in 2007. The fact that the Baltimore Ravens could be in the market for another running back adds...

Could New Position Coaches Reunite with Former Players?

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When a team goes 8-8 and has one of the worst rush attacks in NFL history as a Super Bowl encore, there is going to be turnover on the coaching staff. That’s just what happened in Baltimore, where the inability of the Ravens offense to recreate its 2012 postseason magic led to the firing of longtime position coaches Jim Hostler and Wilbert Montgomery, among others, while offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was hired away be Detroit. To replace Caldwell, the Ravens went with the big name, fan-desired choice in former Houston...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Juszczyk Perfect for Kubiak’s Offense?

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After one season, the 2013 Baltimore Ravens draft class has shown promise, but only from a few participants. Overall, of the nine players who made the team from the class, only Matt Elam, Arthur Brown and Ricky Wagner surpassed 100 snaps in their rookie campaigns. Long term, the group has promise, but so far, the jury is still out on how much of an impact the day three guys will have. Heading into the 2013 season, fourth round pick fullback Kyle Juszczyk looked like a viable early impact player as a...

NFL Combine Preview: What are the Ravens looking for?

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It’s finally NFL Scouting Combine week, where the draft process truly kicks into full swing. The entire combine event doesn’t necessarily provide much in the big picture, particularly the on-field workouts. Most of the drills are used as sorting devices, as opposed to events that raise or lower a prospect’s “stock,” which is an artificial term for the most part. What may be more important are the off-the-field activities, particularly team interviews. This is the first chance for most NFL teams to meet with underclassmen, and Indianapolis is where coaching staffs...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Gradkowski’s Lost Season

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It has been nearly two months since the last time the Baltimore Ravens won a football game. The season has been over for more than a month, which means fans – like me – go through withdrawal and do stupid things. Among those stupid things is re-watching the most painful aspects of the 2013 Ravens season, mainly the offensive line entire offense, and particularly a certain center in his first year on the job. Second-year center Gino Gradkowski was thrown into the fire last season after spending his first NFL season...

Ravens Can Find Their Blocking Tight End in this Draft

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Continuing our series of potential tight end targets in this year’s draft for the Baltimore Ravens, we have a double duty. Two similar tight ends, Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins (who we’ll refer to as “ASJ” for the rest of the article) and Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz are potential day two options that may be of interest to Baltimore. They get paired together because their roles in college were nearly identical, and in terms of NFL projections, their roles figure to be the same at the professional level. Working under the assumption that...

Texas Tech Tight End Amaro Could Fit Well in Baltimore

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Tight end may turn out to be one of Baltimore’s biggest needs this offseason, so get used to the spotlights on tight ends prospects. With that in mind, our tight end breakdowns continue… After profiling Troy Niklas and Eric Ebron over the past two weeks, this week’s focus is Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro. The first thing that jumps out about Amaro is he has a big, well-built frame. Listed at 6-5, 260 pounds, he won’t need much more physical development, as he already has a tough-to-bring-down build. In Texas Tech’s pass-heavy...

Don’t Expect the Ravens to Leap for Sammy Watkins

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The NFL Draft is three months away, which means we have three months to uncover every scenario for the Baltimore Ravens. One scenario has already made its rounds, and is sure to strengthen as May approaches. But we can put it to rest before it’s too late. The Baltimore Ravens won’t be trading up for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, nor should they. Russell Street Report’s Tony Lombardi kicked off the discussion on this site last month and he’s surely not the only one to present the scenario. With all due...

TALE OF THE TAPE: UNC TE Ebron Likely Not a Fit in Baltimore

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Four years ago, the Baltimore Ravens drafted a high-upside tight end prospect with the hopes of him becoming the heir to Todd Heap as the face of the franchise at the position. Nope, not Dennis Pitta, but Ed Dickson. Both tight ends were selected in the 2010 draft, but it was Dickson who was supposed to develop into the star of the two. At the time of their arrivals in Baltimore, Pitta appeared to be the complementary piece to the future backbone of the position in Dickson. Four years later, the...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Notre Dame’s WR TJ Jones

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On Tuesday, I offered a breakdown of Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas. While watching him, I was intrigued by the prospect of a Dennis Pitta-Niklas duo in Baltimore. But Niklas wasn’t the only one who caught my eye. Notre Dame senior wide receiver TJ Jones constantly stood out as the quickest player on Notre Dame’s offense, and was winning contested catches left and right. I figured Jones – who I was first interested in after watching him run crisp comeback routes at the Pinstripe Bowl – was worth an extended...

Mellette Could Be a Factor in 2014 and Beyond

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Every year, the Baltimore Ravens are in the market for multiple additions and upgrades at the wide receiver position. It has essentially become the norm that the Ravens enter the offseason with holes to fill at wide receiver. This year, the tradition continues. There are two certainties at wide receiver heading into next season: Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown. The rest is a jumbled mess, with Jacoby Jones and Tandon Doss set to become free agents (Jones unrestricted, Doss restricted) and the retirement of Brandon Stokley. That leaves the Ravens with only...

NFL DRAFT: Fighting Irish TE Niklas Would Complement Pitta Well

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On Monday, the Baltimore Ravens took a big step toward improving the future prospects of their offense by hiring new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. The new coaching staff on the offensive side promises to help improve a Baltimore team that failed to score more than 30 points in a game in 2013. In the one game the team scored 30 (Week 3 vs. Houston), two of the touchdowns were defense/special teams (Tandon Doss punt return, Daryl Smith interception return). With Kubiak and Rick Dennison in Baltimore, the offense should improve...

TALE OF THE TAPE: In Search of a Veteran Center

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The Baltimore Ravens picked a good year to be in dire need of a center. The “Post-Matt Birk Experience” didn’t go as planned in 2013, and Gino Gradkowski’s disappointing sophomore season as starting center may have been his last. Gradkowski beat out eventual left guard A.Q. Shipley for the starting job in training camp, but ideally, neither figure to enter 2014 with a solidified roster spot, let alone a starting job. Ryan Jensen, a rookie in 2013, is also stashed away on the roster, but he has yet to touch the...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Veteran Safeties Who Could Attract The Ravens

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For the Baltimore Ravens, one of the top priorities during the offseason will be to find a quality starter at the free safety position. The Ravens tried to address that last year through free agency as the post-Ed Reed era began, but they swung and missed on free agent signee Michael Huff. The Oakland Raiders cap casualty looked like a good signing at the time, but after a season-opening debacle in Denver, he never regained his fulltime duties prior to being cut midway through the season (yet now he’ll be...