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Andre Johnson to Baltimore, Unlikely

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Andre Johnson is a beast! And apparently he is a beast looking to be unleashed from Houston. Naturally the stud receiver starved fans of Baltimore want Ozzie Newsome to wave his magic wand and for Gary Kubiak to sprinkle some purple stardust into the eyes of the Texans front office and bring AJ to Charm City. After all, Johnson is coming off a spectacular season in 2013 when he hauled in 109 passes for 1,407 yards and 5 TD’s despite some suspect play at quarterback. No one understands the impact...

Ravens Ring of Honor Needs a Redo

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Every time a new inductee to the Ravens Ring of Honor is named it’s like nicking off an elbow scab – again! Why? Because inevitably the topic of Earnest Byner surfaces and his ridiculous inclusion in the ROH. Ask casual football fans to talk about former Raven Earnest Byner and they’ll sound like that GEICO owl. Who? Those who remember Byner remember him as a Redskin or as the guy who fumbled for the Browns. They easily forget his pedestrian two seasons, 947 yards, 4TD’s and 3.9 yards per carry...

RAVENS NEWS: The Buzz at One Winning Drive

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Following their Super Bowl XLVII victory the Ravens front office vowed to get younger and faster on defense. Being true to their word the Ravens selected S Matt Elam, LB Arthur Brown and DT Brandon Williams in the first, second and third rounds respectively, during the 2013 NFL Draft. This past Thursday, Friday and Saturday Ozzie Newsome and his very capable war room sidekicks entered the 2014 NFL Draft looking to improve the offensive line, free safety and adding weapons for Joe Flacco. Yet given the persuasiveness of their draft...

Sam the Ram and the Traveling Media Circus

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Michael Sam was projected to be a fourth or fifth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. It didn’t quite work out that way for Sam and we all know why. Teams didn’t want to take on a player who will without question become a major distraction given the exaggerated hoopla over his sexual preferences. The St. Louis Rams may want to contact Ringling Bros. because their OTA’s and training camp will become a three-ring circus. But let’s first talk about the football side of Sam. He was a productive...

Ravens Fans Label 2014 Draft “Worst Ever”

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We love NFL fans, particularly those who don the colors of purple and black. We admire the passion and the devotion and how for 3 hours on Sundays in the fall, regardless of our differences, we are one within Ravens Nation. We second-guess the play calling, John Harbaugh’s clock management and Joe Flacco’s decision making — many times with good reason. But then there are times when some fans, Twitter know-it-alls and message board “superstars” lose all sensibility, driven by the competitive fire that burns within. And that lost sensibility...

NFL DRAFT: Day 1 Screw Ups!

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Why is everyone lauding the Cowboys just because they made a sensible pick in the form of Notre Dame’s Zack Martin? Manziel made no sense for the Cowboys although it could be argued that they should have given some love to a sieve of a defense that gives it away more than Kim Kardashian on the rebound. The Browns are getting a lot of love for their draft day prowess. But why? They certainly started well when head coach Mike Pettine helped to fleece his former employer, trading the draft’s...

Mosley Pick Makes Sense!

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Some Ravens fans were left scratching their heads over the team’s selection of CJ Mosley with the 17th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. They reasoned that the Ravens have other needs much more pressing than inside linebacker. After all, didn’t the Ravens re-sign Daryl Smith to a new 4-year deal and didn’t they burn their second round pick in 2013 on Arthur Brown? Fair enough. But let’s consider the big picture. CJ Mosley was the best player on the team’s draft board and from what we’ve heard it wasn’t...

Time to Laugh at The NFL Draft!

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FINALLY! The day of the NFL Draft is upon us and soon there will be no more mocking and no more bludgeoning of fans with highlights of Johnny Manziel. By the time you lay your head on the cool side of your pillow tonight, “Johnny Football” will be some team not named the Ravens injury prone problem. ARROGANCE IS BLISS! Give the NFL credit for monetizing their product even if it comes at the expense of their customers. Prior to 2014 the offseason had a nice rhythm to it. The...

Remembering “Momma Roost”

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For those of you who are familiar with Ravens Roosts and Ravens Nests you know the sense of community and the feeling of extended family that characterizes these philanthropic organizations. The Baltimore Ravens inspired their common bonds but it’s their love of humanity and for each other that galvanizes the communal pledge of these wonderful brotherhoods. And when death robs the Roosts or Nests of one of their own, the pain tethers and is felt throughout Ravens Nation. Just recently a dear member of the Ravens Roost 50 family fell...

Grading The Ravens 2011 NFL Draft

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The NFL Draft, thanks in large part to Baltimore’s own Mel Kiper, Jr., has become a cottage industry for the league. We’ve all been mock drafted to death at this point Thursday night can’t get here soon enough. But when the draft concludes on Saturday, expect a tidal wave of draft grades to come rolling in beginning as early as Sunday. Those grades, much like the mock drafts that preceded them and $2 will get you a regular coffee at Starbucks. During the Ravens Draft Luncheon presser Ozzie Newsome was...

Might Ozzie be Stepping Down?

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Takeaways From Today’s Draft Luncheon Presser DEEP DRAFT? Many are calling the 2014 NFL Draft the deepest in decades. Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta and Joe Hortiz weren’t so quick to anoint it as such yet they unanimously agreed that at certain positions, the draft is very deep. Later on after the presser DeCosta said that wide receiver might be the deepest of all positions. RAVENS DO A 180! Typically the Ravens war room draft board consists of 140-150 players that they deem to be “draftable”, an interesting number since 255...

Ravens Prepare For The Unexpected

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Today the Ravens will host a Pre-Draft Luncheon for the media as they have for several years. The event is choc full of anecdotes, lies, half-truths, spin doctoring and tales of how great every single draft-eligible player is in next week’s collegiate shopping spree. Those three days beginning on May 8 represent the Super Bowl for the Ravens’ scouting department. National Scout Joe Douglas through the guidance of Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta and Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz will have steered 7 area scouts through the bowels of...

Give ‘Em Hell Harry!

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I’ve often said that if for some reason RSR fell apart and ceased to exist, I would still deem it as a wildly successful venture if for no other reason than it has enabled me to work with some great guys and gals. Plus it has afforded me the luxury of meeting so many wonderful people whose paths I would otherwise have never crossed. One of those people is a man named Harry O’Sullivan. I connected with Harry through what was then Ravens24x7.com. He would often write in to share...

Why is LaQuan Williams a Raven AGAIN?

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Some were left scratching their heads when the Ravens re-signed LaQuan Williams. The Ravens have rarely carried more than 6 wide receivers and virtual locks for the team already include Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown. The team will almost certainly use an early pick in the upcoming draft for a wide receiver plus they have receivers currently on the roster with greater upside than Williams in the forms of Aaron Mellette and Deonte Thompson. So why bring back Williams again? Been there, done that right? If...

PREMATURE PREDICTIONS: Ravens go 11-5 in 2014

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Well you’ve got mock drafts and draft grades before the rookies even take the field. And you’ve got Power Rankings during the preseason and even mock drafts for the 2015 NFL Draft prior to those college kids playing a single game in 2014. Ok, so I’m not going to be that over-the-top but what I will do is predict the Ravens season game-by-game in a cheeky kind of way. Week 1: Ravens v. Bengals (1-0) Andy Dalton takes to pressure the way vampires take to sunlight prior to those innovative...

It’s One O’Clock Somewhere

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There’s no denying that Baltimoreans have an inferiority complex. Maybe it’s a birthright. Perhaps it’s a curse. Whatever the case may be, just ask your neighbor. Baltimore is America’s Rodney Dangerfield of cities – WE GET NO RESPECT. Collectively we hate it during national weather forecasts on TWC when Baltimore isn’t shown. We cringe when our city is portrayed as a haven for STD’s, heroin and violence. And it chaps our hind parts when big musical acts skip over our town in favor of those coital cluster venues in DC...

Draft Day Surprises

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You’ve heard it many times before that the NFL Draft is an inexact science and the industry that it has spawned and all its mock drafts are equally inexact. Each NFL team attempts to learn from previous mistakes, fighting the urge to pass on the best players available while reaching for need. And while the science is inexact, teams continually attempt to refine the process and make it even more scientific, more measurable so that their investments pay dividends. Besides the hours of scouting, interviewing and researching thousands of prospects...

Schedule-Gate

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One of my more embarrassing moments since starting Ravens24x7.com back in 2003 took place in April of 2005. But to fully comprehend the mess I created I must start with something that took place in April, 2004. Just before the NFL was set to release its 2004 schedule I received a call from a friend who had a friend with a friend who worked in the league offices in New York. The friend thrice removed was willing to share the Ravens schedule. “Do you want it?”, I was asked rhetorically...

Rolando McClain Makes The Right Choice

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So Rolando McClain is unleashing upon the world his inner Brett Favre while singing along to the chorus of The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go. Simple answer Rolando – GO! That said, let’s not start chastising McClain or Ozzie Newsome for the twice-failed comeback attempt. It was a worthy one and for all of the know-it-alls in the cyber world or on sports talk radio, take a moment and a step back to look at the man in the mirror. See any flaws? Let’s give McClain credit...

Roger Greedell Caught in a Lie

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Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock somewhere you know that the NFL moved its draft back to May 8-10. For years the draft was held in late April and for the past few it’s been scheduled for the last Thursday in April, concluding on the last Saturday. In 2013 Roger Goodell, who is about as sincere as Lindsay Lohan is to her NA sponsor, said the change was needed in 2014 because the league’s draft venue of choice, Radio City Music Hall, was hosting an Easter show during the...