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.

Kelechi Osemele Rehab Ahead of Schedule

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens left guard Kelechi Osemele continues to progress from the back surgery he underwent in November. In February, Ravens coach John Harbaugh described Osemele as being well ahead of schedule in his recovery. Then, in late March, Osemele posted a video on Instagram of him running with two tires attached to his waist by a strap. Now, he is taking part in the Ravens’ voluntary offseason workouts, which began Monday. “He’s coming along very well,” Baltimore strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki said. “He’s on track....

Ray Rice “Looks Great!”

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice had two primary goals coming into the offseason: Lose weight and also get healthy after dealing with a strained hip flexor for most of last season. Rice has been dealing with the aftermath of his February arrest. However, while waiting for the legal process to unfold, Rice continues to work toward back bouncing back from by far the worst statistical season of his six-year NFL career. Rice spent the early part of the offseason working out five days per week with...

Rolando McClain Retires…AGAIN!

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Three days after the Baltimore Ravens activated him from the reserve-retired list, inside linebacker Rolando McClain has decided to once again retire from the NFL — this time for good. McClain was expected to report to Ravens team headquarters for the beginning of voluntary workouts Monday. Instead, the 24-year old has decided to walk away from football for good just four years after the Oakland Raiders selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. McClain told ESPN.com in a text, “I gotta follow my heart....

Ravens Reinstate Rolando

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The Baltimore Ravens have reinstated inside linebacker Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list, three days after McClain worked out for Ravens officials at team headquarters in Owings Mills. The workout did not go well, according to a source. McClain struggled during position drills and failed to finish a conditioning test. However, it appears Baltimore will give the former top-10 pick a chance to compete for a roster spot. The Ravens signed McClain last April after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, but McClain retired a month later after he...

Charges Against Ravens Receiver Dismissed

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson is no longer facing drug charges in Florida. Thompson was arrested Feb. 22 and charged with felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the original arrest report, Thompson was a passenger in a car that was stopped for not having its headlights on. The arresting officer then noticed a strong smell of burned marijuana coming from the car, and a search revealed multiple bags of marijuana that weighed 29 grams in total inside a duffel bag that was owned...

Former Raven Heads South on Parkway

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Former Baltimore Ravens Christian Thompson will work out for the Washington Redskins Wednesday, according to a source. Thompson was a fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2012, but he was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and has been out of football since the Ravens released him in October. Thompson, 23, played in college at Auburn and South Carolina State. He was an all-conference selection as a senior at South Carolina State in 2011. And at 6-foot, 211 pounds, Thompson ran the...

Ravens Enthusiastic About Offensive Additions

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OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens’ primary objective entering this offseason was to improve on offense after ranking fourth-worst in the NFL in total offense last season. Three months since their season ended, they feel like they have done that. At their season-review news conference in early January, Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti said that the front office planned to look at the offense with the same fine-toothed comb that it looked at the defense with last offseason. And three months later, the offense has been revamped similarly to how the...

Ravens Have “Big Plans” for Owen Daniels

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens tight ends coach Brian Pariani was apparently excited enough that the Ravens had come to terms with Owen Daniels that he let out a mild roar when he first heard Baltimore had agreed to terms with Daniels Thursday afternoon. That’s at least how it was described to Daniels Friday by different members of the Ravens’ organization. Pariani had been pushing for Daniels to sign with Baltimore ever since Daniels was released by the Houston Texans March 11. Pariani was Daniels’ tight ends coach during his...

Rolando McClain Preparing for a Return in 2014

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Rolando McClain doesn’t remember exactly when this was. But at one point recently, he was working out in front of his Alabama home when one of his two sons was dropped off after day care. Shortly after getting dropped off, McClain’s son was watching his father get ready to go through a ladder drill when he said, “Dad, I miss watching you play football.” McClain went through the drill and then asked his son what he had said. His son’s response: “I want to watch you play football.” McClain didn’t...

Ravens Agree to Terms with Former Houston TE Daniels

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The Baltimore Ravens added another weapon to their offense Thursday, agreeing to terms with former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels on a one-year contract. The Ravens had been looking for another tight end to go along with Dennis Pitta. In Daniels, they get a two-time Pro Bowler who spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career playing under new Baltimore offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston. Daniels is 32 and missed 11 games last year because of a leg injury, but he had 24 catches for 252 yards...

Ray Rice Indicted

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted Thursday for one count of aggravated assault. Rice was arrested in February after an altercation with his fiancée at Atlantic City casino. Rice and his fiancée were both charged with simple assault at the time, but Rice now faces a more serious charge after a review by the Atlantic City police department. As noted in a news release sent out by the Atlantic City police department, Rice was charged with aggravated assault for “attempting to cause significant bodily injury and/or purposely or...

Goodell Speaks on Possible Rice Suspension

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL is monitoring Ray Rice’s legal situation and is waiting for the legal process to unfold before deciding whether to take action against the Baltimore Ravens running back. Rice was arrested in February after an altercation with his fiancée at an Atlantic City casino. Rice and his fiancée were both charged with simple assault-domestic violence. It’s possible that Rice could be suspended, but commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Wednesday at the annual NFL owners meetings, “We’ll let the facts dictate that.” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said...

Harbaugh on Zuttah: “He’s a good fit”

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeremy Zuttah played both center and guard during his six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Zuttah will be a center for the Baltimore Ravens. When the Ravens traded for Zuttah Sunday, they did so planning on Zuttah taking over for Gino Gradkowski as their starting center. Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that Tuesday during the annual NFL owners meetings in Orlando. “That’s the plan,” Harbaugh said. “Had a conversation with Gino [Monday]. It was good communication and he’s in a good place. Gino’s a solid young guy....

Harbaugh Expects More Moves Prior to Draft

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ORLANDO, Fla. — To owner Steve Bisciotti, the moves the Baltimore Ravens have made this offseason have left the team without any glaring holes. Bisciotti said that during a conversation with RSR Monday. But there is still work to be done. Bisciotti recognizes that. So does coach John Harbaugh, who spoke with reporters Tuesday morning at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes during the second day of the annual NFL owners meetings. The Ravens reportedly have around $8 million in cap space, and they could still add to their team even...

Bisciotti Confident About Extending Torrey Smith

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ORLANDO, Fla. — At one point during the annual NFL owners meetings Monday, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was on his way to a meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes when he bumped into agent Drew Rosenhaus. Among Rosenhaus’ clients is Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed in 2011. Bisciotti didn’t have long to talk. But when Rosenhaus told Bisciotti that he plans to speak to Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome and vice president of football administration Pat...

Bisciotti Touches Down on Several Topics

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ORLANDO, Fla. — In early February, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti spent a weekend at his house in Jupiter, Fla., meeting with Ravens brass and mapping out the team’s plan for the offseason. On Monday, Bisciotti sat down with RSR at the annual NFL owners meetings to discuss Baltimore’s offseason to this point as well as several other issues, including the future of running back Ray Rice. But while Bisciotti expressed frustration and disappointment that three Ravens players have been arrested since mid-February, he is happy with what general manager...

Q&A With Ravens President Dick Cass

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Baltimore Ravens brass arrived in Orlando, Fla. during the weekend for the annual NFL owners meetings, which began Monday morning at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. During a break Monday, Ravens president Dick Cass sat down with RSR and answered questions on a variety of areas, including Baltimore’s offseason, the team’s long-term plans for training camp and the three off-field incidents involving Ravens players this offseason. Here is the interview: Matt Zenitz: One thing you said at the facility around when Eugene Monroe was re-signed was that...

Darian Stewart: “He’s a good football player”

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New Baltimore Ravens free safety Darian Stewart is not a high profile player. He is a former undrafted free agent. He only started six games the last two seasons. And he wasn’t even ranked among the top 25 available safeties by ESPN heading into free agency. But former St. Louis Rams vice president of player personnel Tony Softli thinks Stewart has the potential to be a solid starter as long as he can stay healthy. The 25-year old Stewart signed with the Ravens Friday after spending the first four seasons...

Ihedigbo Set to Go

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Safety James Ihedigbo likely won’t be back with the Baltimore Ravens. According to a source, the Ravens are not among the teams in the running to sign Ihedigbo, who is an unrestricted free agent. Ihedigbo is deciding between three NFC teams, according to the source. The 30-year old Ihedigbo was primarily a special teams player during his first five seasons in the NFL, but he started every game at strong safety for Baltimore last season and had 101 tackles and three interceptions. Ihedigbo signed with the Ravens in 2012 after...

Former Carolina Exec Weighs in on Smith

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To Tony Softli, Steve Smith was a difference-maker at wide receiver 13 years ago. And to Softli, Smith is still a difference-maker even more than a decade later. Softli was the Carolina Panthers’ director of college scouting when the Panthers selected Smith in the third round of the 2001 NFL draft. Softli left Carolina in 2006, but he has kept up with Smith while serving as the St. Louis Rams’ vice president of player personnel and more recently as an NFL analyst for 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He watched...