About Mike Fast

Mike Fast

I was born and raised in Baltimore. But after a year at York College of Pennsylvania, I transferred to Towson University. At York and Towson, I hosted various radio shows, wrote for the school paper, spoke on a panel RE: college game day presentation at IBS conference in Manhattan and was a public address announcer for multiple sports. Since 2012, I've been able to cover the Ravens during their training camp as well as work for Johns Hopkins during their home men's lacrosse games. A life-long goal was realized when I got to attend Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and witness the Ravens triumph over an excellent 49ers team. What an experience! If you choose to do so, follow me on twitter: @MikeFastJr.

Which Remaining Free Agents Could Help the Ravens?

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In 67 days the Ravens will begin their 2014 training camp. John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco and the rest of the 2008 first-year Ravens will begin their seventh NFL season with the club. Although training camp is over nine weeks away, mini-camp and practice time is quite limited (per Article 23, Section 6 of the 2011 NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement). The clock is ticking. As you may have heard, the Ravens haven’t taken it easy since the draft ended. Baltimore has signed 17 undrafted free agents since then. Still there are...

What If The Ravens Drafted Michael Sam?

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What if the Ravens would’ve drafted Lawrence Phillips instead of Jonathan Ogden? What if the Colts would’ve drafted Ryan Leaf instead of Peyton Manning? What if David Tyree doesn’t finish off the most incredible play in Super Bowl history? What if the Patriots’ Matt Estrella never got caught taping Jets defensive coaches? It’s interesting to ask those questions. We already know the outcome of those situations, but still it creates conversation. Therefore, I propose this question to you: What if the Ravens drafted Michael Sam? For context, let’s briefly recap...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: C.J. Mosley

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Finally, the draft is here. For what it’s worth I think the Ravens will pick either Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Zack Martin with their 17th overall pick, if either one of those players are still on the board. If both of those players are still there, I think Baltimore will take Clinton-Dix. Speaking of former Alabama defenders, C.J. Mosley is the final player we study in our 2014 pre-draft series. Why would the Ravens take a linebacker at No. 17? The answer is simple. If Mosley is on the board...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Eric Ebron

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Believe it or not, the NFL draft is this week. In the words of Kurt Angle, “Oh it’s true. It’s true.” In three short days, the Texans will be officially on the clock and the draft will be underway. At approximately 9:50 P.M. ET this Thursday (if they don’t trade their pick), the Ravens will be making their first round selection. Could that selection be Eric Ebron? Two of the four tight ends on the Ravens’ roster have played in a NFL game (Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels), and both of...

2014 Russell Street Report Mock Draft

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Aside from the actual football season, the NFL Draft represents my favorite time of the sports year. So much is going on and so much excitement is in the air, because if your team drafts a certain player you saw dominate the college game, that could be the missing piece to the puzzle. Whether your team is looking for a fresh start or is looking to get over the hump and seriously contend for the Super Bowl, the NFL Draft represents the ability to realize those goals. It’s all the...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Kony Ealy

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We’re less than two weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft. As much preparation as scouts have done, they might not even know who they’re taking until their team is on the clock. This time of year is both exciting and unpredictable to say the least. So far in this series we’ve looked at five players that fit a specific need for the Ravens. Marqise Lee, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Zack Martin, Brandin Cooks and Aaron Donald can all potentially start for the Ravens in Week 1, partially due to the...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Aaron Donald

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There wasn’t a more decorated and disruptive defensive lineman in college football last season than Aaron Donald. He did something not many high school players do: attend the university in his hometown and stay for four years. Something else that sets Donald apart from his peers are the accolades he gained after his stellar senior season. He won four major awards: Outland Trophy (best interior lineman), Vince Lombardi Award (best lineman), Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year) and the Bronko Nagurski Award (defensive player of the year). Donald...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Brandin Cooks

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As we reach the halfway mark in our NFL Draft profiles, we take a look at the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner (nation’s best receiver), Brandin Cooks. The consensus All-American made 226 career receptions at Oregon State for an average gain of 14.5 yards. Cooks has been blessed with incredible speed, but that’s not all he has to offer. He was as dynamic a playmaker as there was in college football last year and his game translates to the NFL, especially today’s NFL. Cooks should be available when the Ravens make...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Zack Martin

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The third player profile in our series centers on the best of South Bend in 2013. Zach Martin, former offensive lineman for the Fighting Irish, played multiple positions along the offensive line during his time in college. The team that takes him will certainly get a versatile player, but just because Martin played a position in college doesn’t mean he can excel at that same position in the NFL. Zack Martin ranks 19th out of all the 2014 NFL draft prospects, according to NFL.com.  He was named the top offensive...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: WR Marqise Lee

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This is the first of eight player profiles analyzing who the Ravens may select with their 17th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. This series is meant to be devoid of mainstream media influence and present to you the player I think fits best on the Ravens when compared to which players will be available when they make their selection. All of the eight players we’ll look at over the next four weeks are dynamic. They don’t just get by. They are among the best at their respective positions....

Happy Anniversary, Steve Bisciotti

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of when the NFL approved Steve Bisciotti’s purchase of the Baltimore Ravens. A lot has happened since April 9, 2004, but Bisciotti’s involvement, as renowned author John Feinstein points out, began long before that. In his book entitled Next Man Up, Feinstein chronicles the Ravens’ 2004 season. During the introduction, Feinstein talked about Bisciotti being his first Ravens contact. Feinstein wrote, “Bisciotti is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met.” In the book’s second chapter, Feinstein gives the account of how the transfer...

Are You Happy With the Ravens?

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For some time I’ve been wondering: Are fans in Baltimore happy with their team? After all, they call themselves fans and they call the Ravens their team, so of course they are happy, aren’t they? I’m not so sure. When I go to games I like to sit in the upper deck behind the end zone, which is where I believe I get the best view of the field. As a result I encounter some questionable behavior. It’s not the cursing that bothers me so much, rather the lightning-fast criticism...

RBs That Could Help Ravens Return to Playoffs

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The Ravens have always had good running backs. At times, they’ve had great running backs. Earnest Byner, Jamal Lewis, Priest Holmes, Willis McGahee, etc. have all had different running styles but have all helped Baltimore win games (at times, even when rushing was the only thing the defense expected). These days the Ravens still have a high level of talent at the position, but their confidence in those players might be waning. Mine would be. We all know about Ray Rice and what he’s involved in. Baltimore ownership has consistently...

Ravens Still Have Some Offseason Work to Do

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Since the 2014 league year began 12 days ago, the Ravens have avoided acting impetuously and have stayed true to who they are. They have signed or re-signed very good players at the right price. They addressed concerns by mostly retaining their own. Keeping your own players eliminates the hassle of learning and comprehending a new playbook and verbiage. Keeping your own players provides an organization the opportunity to maintain and build upon team chemistry. But is Baltimore being able to retain players like Eugene Monroe, Dennis Pitta and Daryl...

Flashback Friday: My First Ravens Game

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I didn’t know. I didn’t know how historic Memorial Stadium was or that I was witnessing a football game being played by future legends such as Brett Favre, Reggie White, Ray Lewis, and Jonathan Ogden. I didn’t know how stacked the Ravens organization was, having men like Ozzie Newsome, Phil Savage, and Scott Pioli in their pro personnel department and five future head coaches (three NFL, two NCAA D-1) on their staff in addition to Ted Marchibroda. I didn’t know that in 484 days, Memorial Stadium would see it’s last...

Save Now to Pay Later

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Since the waves of NFL free agency anticipation and subsequent analysis are now at low tide, it’s time to look ahead. Obviously moves can and will still be made, but for the most part all of the big moves are in the rearview. The Ravens re-signed key players such as left tackle Eugene Monroe, tight end Dennis Pitta, All-Pro kick returner Jacoby Jones, and inside linebacker Daryl Smith. They also added 13-year veteran wide receiver Steve Smith. None of those five players received contracts that included big signing bonuses. In...

The Best of the Rest

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The last 24 hours have brought about so many changes to NFL rosters that it’s been hard to keep up with, even for the most anxious fan. DeMarcus Ware was released by the Cowboys but then signed a three-year, $30 million deal ($20 million guaranteed) with the Broncos. Steve Smith of the Panthers, although not officially gone, won’t be playing for Carolina next season, according to his agent Derrick Fox. Ware (nine seasons) and Smith (13 seasons) are leaving the only team they’ve ever played for. For whatever reason(s) the...

Free Agent Safeties the Ravens Should Consider

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“I think we need to have a more athletic safety in the defense.” — Ozzie Newsome At the Ravens’ year-end press conference in early January, Newsome spoke at length about which types of players the Ravens will target in order to ensure the disappointment of 2013 doesn’t become a pattern in 2014. Wide receivers and offensive linemen are positions we’ve already looked at in past weeks. So now as we’re one day away from the beginning of free agency, let’s take a look at that third and final position Newsome...

Will a Change Come For The Ravens Sam Koch?

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After Terrell Suggs, Sam Koch (along with Haloti Ngata) is the longest-tenured Raven. He’s done a lot for a team that has struggled offensively. He also took a crucial eight seconds off the clock near the end of Super Bowl XLVII to help Baltimore win their second world championship. But with last year being an average year for Koch and with the remaining two years of his contract counting as $5.9 million against the Ravens’ cap, is it time to look for another punter? I don’t fully know. But here’s...

Could More Texans Flock to The Ravens?

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When free agency begins a week from tomorrow, which players from other teams will the Ravens attempt to sign? Daryl Smith and Eugene Monroe are the two biggest contributors from last year’s team that the Ravens would like to have back. Other players like Jacoby Jones, Arthur Jones and Corey Graham helped the team a lot but may be asking for too much money. Jacoby Jones may be especially tough to re-sign for three reasons. First, he carried a $4.9 million cap figure last season. Second, his offensive role could...