About Matt Zenitz

Matt Zenitz

Matt covers the Ravens for the Carroll County Times and Annapolis Capital. He is also a Ravens correspondent for the Associated Press.

Ravens Sign Corners Ross and Franks

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The Baltimore Ravens signed cornerbacks Aaron Ross and Dominique Franks on Thursday. Both players confirmed signing on Twitter. Multiple members of the Ravens’ organization had expressed interest throughout the offseason in adding competition for the nickel corner job vacated by Corey Graham. They have done so by adding Ross and Franks. Ross and Franks were part of a group of six cornerbacks who worked out at Baltimore’s three-day mandatory minicamp this week. Ross will be 32 in September, but he is a former first-round pick who has been a starting...

Fit Suggs Hopes to Stay That Way

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OWINGS MILLS — Through eight games last year, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had nine sacks. He was consistently harassing the quarterback. He was also a presence in the run game. He was a legitimate candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Then he fell off. He still ended up being selected to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time, but he had just 20 tackles and one sack in the Ravens’ final eight games after recording 60 tackles and the nine sacks in the first eight. The...

Three Young Ravens Draw Praise During OTA’s

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Earlier this month, I did a story on some Ravens players generating buzz through the early part of the offseason. First-round pick C.J. Mosley was on that list. So were other young players like safety Matt Elam, center Ryan Jensen and undrafted wide receiver Jeremy Butler. The Ravens have also since talked about the significant progress 2013 second-round inside linebacker Arthur Brown has apparently made since last year. But I talked to Baltimore director of pro personnel Vince Newsome last week, and here are three more young players doing well...

Ravens Put a Few Corners to The Test

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OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens have six cornerbacks working out at their minicamp this week on a tryout basis and could sign one within the next week. “Absolutely,” coach John Harbaugh said when asked whether the Ravens could sign one of the corners during the next week or so. “We’re going to take the best 90 guys we can to take training camp, and we’re going to have the best bullpen that we can for training camp and always have the strongest roster we can.” The Ravens feel good...

Behind The Scenes With The Ravens “Other” Newsome

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OWINGS MILLS — For nine seasons, nose tackle Kelly Gregg was one of the lynchpins of Baltimore Ravens defenses that consistently ranked among the best in the NFL. Gregg was not flashy. He was never selected to a Pro Bowl. But he is one of the most respected players in Ravens franchise history. He was gritty, a hard worker and quietly and efficiently produced at a high level. To Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome, Vince Newsome is the Kelly Gregg of the Ravens’ personnel department. “Vince is vital to our...

A. Brown “Has Improved Light Years” From Last Year

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OWINGS MILLS — At least outside the Baltimore Ravens’ organization, Arthur Brown is kind of like the forgotten man at inside linebacker. Daryl Smith is all but set in stone as a starter at one inside linebacker spot. First-round pick C.J. Mosley is probably the early favorite to start at the other. But Brown, the Ravens’ second-round pick last year, is making an early case for playing time as well. “Art Brown has improved light years from a year ago – light years,” Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees said after...

Offense Already Looking ‘A Lot’ Different

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OWINGS MILLS — For new Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, this is the time when mistakes are expected. The Ravens hired Kubiak in January, and organized team activities the last three weeks have provided Kubiak with his first opportunity to work with his new offense and teach the offense he is going to run But Kubiak seems encouraged with how players are acclimating to the offense. “I think it’s been really good,” Kubiak said. “I think that’s my challenge right now as a coach — to watch. I’m throwing...

Smith Has Been “Everything Advertised” So Far

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OWINGS MILLS — On one of the first plays of team drills during the Baltimore Ravens’ organized team activity practice Tuesday, Steve Smith beat Asa Jackson off the line of scrimmage, caught a short pass over the middle and quickly accelerated upfield for what would have likely been a big gain in a game situation. Smith has had a lot of plays like that during the last three weeks of OTA practices. He has acrobatic catches like the twisting catch he made around 40 yards down the field during practice...

Ravens Encouraged by Play of Young D-Linemen

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OWINGS MILLS — Arthur Jones leaving as a free agent created a void along the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive line. It also created an opportunity for young players like Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, DeAngelo Tyson and Kapron Lewis-Moore, and the Ravens have had positive things to say about all four through their first two organized team activities. “The young defensive line looks good right now,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. Williams, Jernigan and Tyson and Lewis-Moore are all competing for playing time at defensive tackle — Jones’ old spot — as...

Ravens Webb, Smith Compete on Many Levels

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith are constantly competing. They like to compete in video games. They like to compete in practice. And more so than anything else, they like to joke with each other about which one is the Ravens’ better corner. “You have no idea how much,” Smith said after an organized team activity (OTA) Wednesday. “Webby lives up the street from me. This is non-stop 1A-1B. We go back and forth all the time about who is better, but it’s all friendly...

OSEMELE: ‘I feel great!’

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele used the words going into last year, “Pro Bowl or Bust.” As a rookie in 2012, Osemele shined at left guard during Baltimore’s playoff run after playing right tackle during the regular season, and both Osemele and Ravens coaches felt like he had the potential to become a Pro Bowl-caliber player at left guard last season. He didn’t, largely because of a back injury that eventually required season-ending surgery. But now healthy, Osemele feels like he should be the type of...

UPSHAW: ‘The weight ain’t where it needs to be’

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OWINGS MILLS — Around this time last year, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh openly critiqued outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw’s eating habits while also acknowledging that Upshaw had reported to organized team activities significantly overweight. Harbaugh said Wednesday that Upshaw is not in as bad of shape as he was last year, when the 6-foot-2 Upshaw, who is listed at 272 pounds, reportedly weighed as much as 295 pounds. But Upshaw admitted Wednesday his weight is not yet where it needs to be. “I’m feeling good. Like I said last week,...

Webb Confident in Ravens’ Third CB Options

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OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens wanted to keep Corey Graham. If they could have, they would have gone into this season with their depth chart at cornerback intact, including the top three spots with Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith as the starters and Graham as the trusted nickel back. Graham ended up signing with the Bills as a free agent, but the Ravens are voicing confidence that Chykie Brown or Asa Jackson can step into that nickel role and help to replace Graham. “They’re going to be big for...

Transcript of Ed Reed’s Meeting with Media Sunday

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Former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed met with the media in Baltimore Sunday during former teammate Lardarius Webb’s charity softball game at M&T Bank Stadium. Here is what he had to say: On whether it brought back memories to be back on the field at M&T Bank Stadium: “Yeah, man. Making my legs hurt (laughter). Nah, man. It does. Just walking in the locker room, talking with coach [Harbaugh], seeing the guys come in, it definitely brings back memories, man. Anytime I come into Baltimore, it brings back memories.” On whether...

3 Under-the-Radar Ravens Pushing to Start

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The Baltimore Ravens completed their first organized team activity of the offseason last week. Here are three under-the-radar players very much in the mix for starting jobs (listed alphabetically): Ryan Jensen, right tackle Jensen was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens last year. He broke his foot early in training camp and did not play as a rookie, but Baltimore is enthusiastic about his potential, and he will compete with fellow second-year player Rick Wagner for the right to replace Michael Oher as the Ravens’ starting right tackle. Jensen practiced...

Teammates See Growth in Elam

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OWINGS MILLS — To the Baltimore Ravens, 2013 first-round pick Matt Elam grew as last season went on. Elam had some bad moments, like getting beat by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green for a 53-yard touchdown in Week 17. He also didn’t make many impact plays, finishing without a forced fumble and with just one interception and just three pass deflections. But the Ravens felt Elam progressively improved, progressively became more comfortable within the defense and progressively became more of a presence. And to cornerback Lardarius Webb, Elam is...

Reed Back in Baltimore, Plans to Play in 2014

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BALTIMORE — Ed Reed is not ready to walk away from football just yet. Reed remains a free agent after ending last season with the New York Jets, but the 35-year old says he is preparing as if he is going to play this season. “Yes. Definitely still preparing to play,” Reed said Sunday at former Baltimore Ravens teammate Lardarius Webb’s charity softball game at M&T Bank Stadium. “If I wasn’t, you would have heard something by now. But yeah, the offseason is going great. I’m spending time with my...

Veteran Right Tackles, Corners The Ravens May Consider

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Cornerback and right tackle might be the two positions the Baltimore Ravens are most likely to address between now and the start of the season. Team officials have said adding competition for their third cornerback job is a priority. The Ravens also have just four cornerbacks on their roster that are not undrafted free agents. And at right tackle, Baltimore is optimistic regarding 2013 fifth-round pick Rick Wagner, but the team could look to add competition. The Ravens have 2013 sixth-round pick Ryan Jensen competing with Wagner. They also have...

Ravens Will be Watching The Wire

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh have both said the same thing in recent weeks: The Ravens are still looking to improve their roster. Newsome said it after the NFL draft. Harbaugh said it after an organized team activity practice Thursday. And with June now here, Harbaugh acknowledged that Baltimore could make some moves. Unrestricted free agents signed after June 1 do not factor into the compensatory pick formula. Even aside from that, teams can cut players after June 1 to lessen the...

Jensen in The Mix at Right Tackle

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OWINGS MILLS — If not for injury, Ryan Jensen may have been the Baltimore Ravens’ starting center last season. Most people have probably never heard of the college Jensen went to — Colorado State-Pueblo. But privately, the Ravens have been enthusiastic about Jensen since they took him in the sixth round of last year’s NFL draft. Jensen didn’t play in any games as a rookie last season. He didn’t even practice for more than half the year after breaking his foot early in training camp. But Jensen is healthy now,...
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