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.

DRAFT TALK: Senior Bowl Preview

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On Monday afternoon, the first practices of Senior Bowl week will kick off. With the practices being more important than the game at this event, NFL Network’s full coverage of events gives fans an up-close look at some of the top draft prospects – and likely some future Ravens. It may be coincidence or this may be a trend, but the Baltimore Ravens haven’t shied away from Senior Bowl participants in the last two drafts (credit @ArifHasanDN for chart): 2013 Ravens draft picks who were part of and/or participated in...

East-West Shrine Game Participants to Keep an Eye On

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On Saturday afternoon, the annual East-West Shrine Game kicks off in St. Petersburg, Fla. For the Baltimore Ravens, the game promises to showcase a few players who will be in training camp with the team this season. Last year, the Ravens signed four Shrine Game participants – Will Pericak, Nathan Stanley, Trent Steelman and Jordan Devey – to rookie deals as undrafted free agents. None of the four are still with the team, but it’s no coincidence the Ravens have welcomed Shrine Game participants in the past. As a college...

Don’t Scoff at Kyle Shanahan as Potential Successor to Caldwell

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Norv Turner. Rob Chudzinski. Ben McAdoo. When the Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell, those were three of the key names tossed around as Caldwell’s potential replacement as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. McAdoo was snatched away by the New York Giants before the Ravens even had a chance to interview him, and Turner appears headed for Minnesota (though according to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland, the Browns wouldn’t stop him from interviewing in Baltimore). One name that wasn’t tossed around much when Caldwell departed on Tuesday was one that...

NFL DRAFT: LSU’s Jarvis Landry the Perfect WR Target?

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It’s no secret in Baltimore that the Ravens must – and will – upgrade the wide receiver position during the offseason. On the offensive side of the ball, the porous offensive line is priority No. 1, but after that, adding skill position players will be at the top of the offseason totem pole. Jacoby Jones is set to become a free agent, and with better options out there than Jones, fans shouldn’t be sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for him to re-sign with the Ravens. Tandon Doss...

Kapron Lewis-Moore: Ravens’ Diamond in the Rough

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In Twitter discussion this week, a name popped up in my mind that hadn’t appeared in several weeks. That was Baltimore Ravens defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore. It’s easy to forget Lewis-Moore even plays in Baltimore, since the 2013 sixth-round pick (200th overall) spent his entire rookie campaign on the injured list, recovering from an ACL injury suffered in last year’s BCS title game. When the Ravens selected him, it was a typical “draft and stash” move, where the intention is for him to essentially “redshirt” his rookie year, similar to...

NFL DRAFT: Ravens Seek Safety

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From now until May, Russell Street Report will have all grounds covered regarding potential draft prospects and fits for the Baltimore Ravens. To kick things off, there’s no better way than to take the exact words from Ozzie Newsome’s mouth when addressing the needs of the team. Unsurprisingly, on Wednesday, Newsome noted that the Ravens need a more athletic playmaker at the safety position. That wasn’t exactly breaking news, as the Ravens – after whiffing on the Michael Huff signing- were forced to start two strong safeties in Matt Elam...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Elam Excels Against the Run

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For a Baltimore Ravens team that drafted 10 players in the 2013 draft and had plenty of roster turnover, by season’s end, only one rookie was able to take on a fulltime role. Safety Matt Elam took advantage of the lack of depth (and talent) at both safety positions, was able to grab a starting safety spot in the second week of the regular season and never looked back. The situation wasn’t ideal, as Elam played alongside another guy – James Ihedigbo – whose skill set is best suited for...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Eugene Monroe

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After the Baltimore Ravens suffered an embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Bills in late September, things were looking grim. The defending Super Bowl champions sat at 2-2 and looked like a .500 team at best, which turned out to be the case at season’s end. After the Buffalo game, the “desperate times call for desperate measures” tactic was employed, and general manager Ozzie Newsome made a rare in-season trade. The Ravens – fed up with left tackle Bryant McKinnie’s sporadic play and effort – phoned the Jacksonville Jaguars, who shipped...

TALE OF THE TAPE: The Continued Ascension of Art Jones

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It seems that every season, the Baltimore Ravens seem to have multiple impending free agents who have career years. This year is no exception. Preparing to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, fourth-year defensive end Arthur Jones has made the most of his opportunity as a fulltime player in 2013. He may be the most improved defensive player on the team, and he is certainly playing his way out of Baltimore (in a good way). Each week, Jones steadily improves, and he’s gone from a situational player who mainly...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Smash-Mouth Running Game Nonexistent in 2013

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When the Baltimore Ravens were able to woo veteran fullback Vonta Leach back to Baltimore during the offseason, at the time the signing looked like a steal. The best fullback in football still available after being cut by the team meant advantage Ravens, right? Wrong. Looking back, a warning sign should have been sent when there was almost no interest in Leach on the open market. It’s not often a player of his caliber is available for anyone to scoop up, and conventional wisdom said he would have signed by...

TALE OF THE TAPE: An Extended Break for “Ball So Hard University?”

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Back in October, I wrote about how Terrell Suggs was finally back to 2011 form. Unfortunately, since then, things haven’t been so great for “Sizzle.” After the Miami game in early October, Suggs had seven sacks through five games and was looking just as good as he did in 2011 when he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Following a lost 2012 season in which Suggs played the whole second half of the season out of shape, he came into 2013 in shape and reloaded. That translated to...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Stonewalling Detroit’s Stunts

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Let’s be honest. Going into Monday night’s game, you probably thought Detroit’s fearsome defensive line, that includes Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, would dominate Baltimore’s offensive line. Detroit has arguably the best defensive front in football, and well, Baltimore doesn’t exactly have the best offensive line out there. But after 60 minutes of football were played at Ford Field, the Ravens not only won in the win-loss column, but in the trenches. In run defense, the offensive line was its usual mediocre self. But in pass protection, it may have...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Vikings Quick Strikes Nearly Sink Ravens

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When tight end Dennis Pitta scored a go-ahead touchdown with just over two minutes left on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, it looked as if the Ravens were headed to a 7-6 record. They still ultimately ended up with the win, but what happened in the ensuing two minutes after Pitta’s score was too odd to find an adjective to describe it. Each team scored twice in the final 120 seconds, and the Vikings’ two offensive scores came much easier than Baltimore’s one (non-special teams) did. On both possessions, it didn’t...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Pitta Reminds Us All What We’ve Been Missing

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Sunday’s 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings provided plenty of positives for a Baltimore Ravens team that remains in control of their playoff destiny. They avoided an at-home scare to a below-average team, overcame the forgettable weather and used a fourth-quarter miracle two-minute stretch to advance to 7-6 on the season. While finally having a winning record is ultimately Sunday’s most important outcome, the productive return of tight end Dennis Pitta is a close second. Playing in his first live action since the Super Bowl after suffering a hip injury...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Rest Results in a Rejuvenated Ngata

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Just one month ago, a case could have been made that one of the sources of the Baltimore Ravens’ problems was Haloti Ngata. With a salary cap value of $11,500,000, Ngata was by no means living up to his contract to start the year. In fact, saying the Ravens would be better off without Ngata and his huge contract would not have been farfetched – in fact, many were saying exactly that. That mentality still may persist now, but in recent weeks, Ngata has experienced a sharp incline in his...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Jacoby Stepping Up in WR Role

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The Baltimore Ravens always seem to click at just the right time to make a late-season playoff run. Last season, an injury-depleted team finally got healthy enough to become a Super Bowl-caliber squad. This year? It’s the recent offensive improvement that is giving the Ravens hope of making the playoffs yet again, making it six years in a row. For the defending champions, the offensive line is beginning to look serviceable, the running game is slowly improving and the wide receivers are stepping up their game at just the right...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Can Ravens Tame Pittsburgh’s “Wildcat” This Time?

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One offensive wrinkle the Baltimore Ravens may see on Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town is the wildcat package. When the Ravens faced the Steelers last month, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell’s plethora of direct snaps gave the Baltimore defense fits, and the Steelers won that battle. On Sunday against the New York Jets, the Ravens defense again fell victim to the package, allowing wide receiver Josh Cribbs to gain 20 yards on five rush attempts, while also completing a pass for a first down. Thursday night,...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Mixed Results for “Tyrod Package”

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. That’s the only explanation for the decision by the Baltimore Ravens to switch up the offensive game plan on Sunday against the New York Jets to include a considerable dose of backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was on the field for 12 of Baltimore’s 66 offensive snaps. Lining up at both quarterback and wide receiver, Taylor’s presence on the field produced mixed results. Let’s take a look at where the “Tyrod Package” worked, and where it didn’t. Where it worked Early in the game, the...

TALE OF THE TAPE: A “Bunch” of Confusion and Easy Yards

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On Sunday against the Chicago Bears, the Baltimore Ravens defense held its own once again, limiting quarterback Josh McCown and running back Matt Forte for the most part. They allowed only a single touchdown, to go along with three Robbie Gould field goals (Chicago got their other TD on the interception return). But the struggle to get a consistent pass rush and defend wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall ultimately gave the Ravens defense issues, and allowed the Bears to keep the chains moving during a few crucial times....

TALE OF THE TAPE: Goal-to-Go for the Win – What Happened?

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At the end of December, we may be looking back at the game against the Chicago Bears as the proverbial nail in the coffin of the Baltimore Ravens’ real hope to make the 2013 playoffs. More importantly, we’ll be looking back at the final goal-line offensive series the Ravens put together in that game. The offense’s inability to punch the ball into the end zone in the final minute may ultimately be what changed this season from a playoff year to one that ends with the team on the outside...
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