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.

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...

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...
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