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: 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...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Monroe Worth Every Penny…And More

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If a week ago someone told you that all of these things would be true after the first day of free agency, you probably would have just laughed:   Eugene Monroe is a Baltimore Raven The Ravens signed Monroe for only $37.5 million over five years Baltimore still has over $15 million in cap space AFTER signing Monroe Nonetheless, all of those things are true as we sit here nine days after the Ravens opted to take the risk of not applying the franchise tag to Monroe, which would have...

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...