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Ravens Select QB Wenning in Round 6

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It happened. We weren’t 100% sure if the Ravens would stay true to their word of finding competition for backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor in this year’s draft, but with what we thought would be their final draft pick in 2014, the Ravens used a sixth round selection on Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning. Headliners such as Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and David Fales were off the board, but Wenning is no slouch as a consolation prize. The Ravens have brought in stiff competition for Taylor, and quite frankly someone who...

Ravens Address Defense on Day 2 of NFL Draft

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OWINGS MILLS — Timmy Jernigan and Terrence Brooks were part of one of the best defenses in college football last season at Florida State. Now, they will try to help the Baltimore Ravens re-establish themselves as one of the best defenses in the NFL. After taking Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round Thursday, the Ravens selected Jernigan, a defensive tackle, with their second round pick Friday. They followed that taking Jernigan’s college teammate, Brooks, a free safety, in the third round. “It’s kind of crazy because the...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Interior Offensive Line

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With the 2014 NFL draft just a few weeks away, the interior offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens has gone from a glaring question mark to one of the most solidified units on the roster. Assuming Kelechi Osemele is healthy and returns to left guard next season, the starting interior line of Osemele, center Jeremy Zuttah and right guard Marshal Yanda is set. That leaves the Ravens with only a need to add depth to the interior, as opposed to finding a year-one starter. Right now, the depth includes centers...

RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 3

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Last Friday, we looked over the Ravens’ 2nd round draft history and explored who lived up to their stock. Today, we’ll be checking out Round Three to see how the Ravens have fared after many of the top players are off the board. 1997 (64) Jay Graham, RB, Tennessee While the Ravens took Graham hoping he could make an impact, they never saw great production from the Tennessee alum. In his rookie season, he complied just 299 yards on the ground. After a 1998 season where he rushed for just 109...

FAST REACTION: “We’re Getting Better”

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For the second straight week, the Ravens (4-6, 1-5 on the road) played an overtime game in which they only scored three points in the second half and overtime. Two big differences this week were that they got the ball to begin overtime but lost. Another difference was not just the progression but the dominance of Baltimore’s running game. After the Ravens gained 85 yards last week, they more than doubled that effort (174 yards) today. Ray Rice spoke about the team’s success on the ground after the game. “We’re...

Matt Birk nominated for being a good guy (again)

After 15 seasons in the NFL, Matt Birk still doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring to show for his efforts; however, his trophy case is full of awards for simply being himself. Regardless of whether or not the Ravens make it to the Super Bowl, Birk will be headed to New Orleans as a nominee for the Bart Starr award, which honors an NFL player for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community The Bart Starr nomination is just the latest for Birk,...

Potential offseason offensive coordinator targets

The Baltimore Ravens’ front office relieved many fans Monday morning when they announced the dismissal of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The replacement for Cameron will be the Ravens’ quarterback coach and former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Caldwell. Caldwell has never been an offensive coordinator, but most certainly has some credentials when you look at the years he spent in Indy, learning from the high-octane, Peyton Manning led offense. For the Ravens’ management, promoting from within the organization was the obvious choice as this coaching change came during...

Former practice squad member Bynes being forced to step up

After suffering a neck injury last week against the Washington Redskins, linebacker Jameel McClain has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos according to coach John Harbaugh. McClains’s absence is the latest blow to an already injury depleted defense, which now finds themselves scrambling for bodies to substitute at middle linebacker while their top three options heal. Injuries and football go hand-in-hand and the Ravens are not immune. The sad reality at this point is that the Ravens have more linebackers modeling the NFL’s latest in...

Ravens Ellerbe, Gradkowski, Flacco help raise funds for Perry Hall High School

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The gift of giving this holiday season shined bright at Perry Hall Senior High School in Perry Hall, Maryland on Tuesday night. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, guard/center Gino Gradkowski and quarterback Joe Flacco were on hand signing autographs with portions of the proceeds benefitting the sports and academic programs for the school. For $99 fans were able to obtain each player’s autograph all while helping the school raise much-needed funds. “Anytime there is a chance to come out and give back to the community. Whether it is donations, autograph...

Could Jim Caldwell change Ed Dickson’s role?

With the exception of fullback Vonta Leach, an argument could be made that tight end Ed Dickson was the most underutilized player in the Ravens offense under former coordinator Cam Cameron. When healthy, Dickson has received plenty of snaps on the field but that hasn’t translated into receptions. His hands have been questioned at times and the reduced passes thrown his way may have been the result of being in Cameron’s doghouse. “It kind of shocked me a little bit but it’s the nature of this business,” Dickson said when...

Despite high sack numbers, Harbaugh likes offensive line personnel

The offensive line of the Baltimore Ravens has been struggling in pass protection as of late. Quarterback Joe Flacco has already been sacked 31 times in 2012, equaling the number of times he went down in 2011, with still three games left to play. Since allowing zero sacks in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders (just the second time all season they kept Flacco upright all game), the big heavies have allowed their QB to be taken down 12 times in four games. Two of the sacks have been extremely...

KIDZ KORNER: Good riddance Cam, congrats Jim!

The loss to the Washington Redskins turned out to be the greatest loss in the history of the Ravens. Let’s be honest, if the Ravens win on Sunday, Cam Cameron is still in Baltimore. And while you never want to lose, it’s for the better that we did. After five years of boring and uncreative play calling Baltimore finally has its dream come true. Jim Caldwell: it’s time to help Ravens Nation forget and move on. Caldwell, who coached with Peyton Manning for nine years, will get his chance to...

NFL.com writer “fixes” Ravens offense

Bucky Brooks, an analyst at NFL.com and NFL Network, posted an article today detailing how new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell can fix the Ravens offense moving forward. Brooks watched the All-22 and coach’s film to reach his recommendations. However, most of these recommendations are pretty much exactly what Ravens fans have been screaming for for years. Things that, for whatever reason, the now departed Cam Cameron refused to do. Let’s take a look at what Bucky has to say: 1) Build the game plan around Ray Rice. HA. HA HA....

Cam Cameron fired, Jim Caldwell takes over

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The rumors that surfaced this morning turned out to be true. On his radio show this morning, Dan Patrick stated that changes would be coming to the Ravens coaching staff. Several hours later, it was confirmed by several media outslets including Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun on twitter, that the team had indeed relieved Cam Cameron of his duties as offensive coordinator. Jim Caldwell will take over the position. Caldwell, who is in his first year with the Ravens, served as the team’s quarterbacks coach to this point. He...

KIDZ KORNER: Hey Harbs! Where’s the passion? Where’s the killer instinct?

An earlier version of this article listed the wrong author. Joe Wedra is the correct author. Our apologies. It has been about five years, John. FIve years of failing to finish and lack of emotion. John Harbaugh has coached this team for five years and has yet to produce a Super Bowl appearance when this team is more than capable of winning one. Don’t you think that the pride of Baltimore deserves more than “playoff appearances”? Is John Harbaugh OK with losing two in a row? It sure seemed like...

CRAB BAG: The non-rivalry rivalry

IT’S NOT 10-2 (like it should be) BUT 9-3 IS STILL A GREAT START Baltimore is off to a 9-3 start for the second-straight season and just the third time in team history (2006’s 13-3 campaign and 2011’s 12-4 season). The Ravens also started 9-3 in 2011 and 2006. THE DIVISION IS STILL OURS TO LOSE Though they blew their opportunity to eliminate the Pittsburgh Steelers from AFC North competition last Sunday, the Ravens find themselves in a position to clinch the division again this week – though they will...

Lack of “convincing” wins leaves Ravens fans…unconvinced

While the Baltimore Ravens are a very impressive 9-3, and currently hold a two game lead in the AFC North with just four games to play, the feeling among a large number of the purple faithful is one of unease. After losing what should have been – on paper – an immensely winnable game against arch rival Pittsburgh, who was starting third-string quarterback Charlie Batch, and in the process blowing the chance to completely eliminate the Steelers from AFC North title competition, many Ravens fans find themselves ready to jump...

Rice needs more touches, but Ravens must exploit Redskins secondary

Clearly, the Ravens need to run the ball with Ray Rice more, but Sunday’s game against the Redskins may be an exception. Many times this season, Rice has disappeared in the Ravens pass-happy offense. Even though Rice isn’t to blame for his number not being called in the huddle, whether the Ravens win or lose often comes down to his level of involvement in the game. Last Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was just the latest in a handful of games over the past two seasons where the underutilization...

Harbaugh should look beyond “stat sheet” with Cam

It appears that the longer Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron continues to be on the company payroll, the more people will begin to question why. If Joe Flacco struggles, Cameron gets the blame. If Ray Rice has minimal touches during the game, Cameron gets the blame. If the Ravens wide receiver route tree lacks any branches and just looks like a trunk, Cameron gets the blame. Cameron is the scapegoat – and justifiably so – given that he is in charge of a unit that fails to consistently progress and...

KIDZ KORNER: Flacco vs. RG3

Traveling down I-95 to take on Washington, the Ravens will look to prove skeptics wrong and bring a win back home to Baltimore. They eye a 4th straight win on the road, something that has been hard to come by in Charm City. In the history of the Baltimore Ravens, there has never been a four-game road win streak. What a feat! Doubters will doubt, and critics will critique, but the only thing John Harbaugh and Co. have to focus on is winning. Improving to 10-3 is the biggest thing...
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