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RAVENS LINKS: What Flacco Needs to Be

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Five Things That Need to Go Right for The Ravens in 2014 Phil Gentile of the Purple Reign Show lists five things that the Ravens have to do in 2014. The 5th thing – and the most important thing – has to do with the man who wears #5 in Baltimore, Joe Flacco. LINK Why Your Team Sucks 2014: Baltimore Ravens Deadspin’s Drew Magary is at it again with the annual series, Why Your Team Sucks. Up this week, our Baltimore Ravens. WARNING: Foul language and offensive content, reader discretion...

Former Teammate Takes Swipe at Ray Rice

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The Ray Rice backlash is not going away anytime soon. When he travels to other stadiums the activists will follow and vitriolic fans with nothing better to do with their sad little lives will make signs, probably throw things at the Ravens bus or in Cleveland they just might take out their frustrations on the children of visiting Ravens fans like they once did to an 8-year old Jets fan. It’s really a sad statement on society. You hear the hate on sports talk radio; you see it at times...

Which Raven Is Ranked 3rd Best 3-4 OLB in the NFL?

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Does anyone want to take a guess as to who Pro Football Focus (PFF) has ranked as their third best 3-4 outside linebacker through three preseason games? Anyone? Here’s a hint: The last time he had more than five sacks, he was in his rookie season, and the Ravens went all the way to the AFC Championship. Yup, you guessed it , it’s Pernell McPhee (and he had six sacks that season if you’re keeping score at home). PFF gave McPhee a rating of +5.1. Coincidently, Elvis Dumervil is also...

Campanaro Set For Preseason Finale in NOLA

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For three years in high school, Ravens rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro dazzled on the football field under the Friday Night Lights at River Hill High School in a quiet section of Clarksville, Maryland. Campanaro, the three year varsity starter registered over 6,500 yards and 90 touchdowns including eight kick returns for touchdowns during his tenure at River Hill. After a successful high school career, Campanaro took his big play making abilities to Wake Forest University where he finished his Demon Deacon career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions...

Ravens QB’s Turn to a New Color

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Quarterbacks throughout the league almost always wear a third color during practices – a color that stands out and apart from those worn by the offense and the defense. The idea, mostly for the benefit of defenders (and of course the QB’s), is to promote safety. When you see “color” Mr. Defender, back off and avoid contact. That said, during the Brian Billick era the Ravens quarterbacks never wore a third color. Years ago I asked a member of the Ravens front office about that, wondering why Brian Billick chose...

FANTASY LINKS: Tomlin May Ban His RBs

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Tomlin: Bans for RBs ‘on the table’ Scott Brown of ESPN.com discusses the looming decision from the Steelers’ head coach regarding suspensions for RBs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. LINK Why Le’Veon Bell Can Overcome Losing Goal Line Touches Le’Veon Bell, a potential second- or third-round draft pick, is one of the most polarizing options in all of fantasy football this season. Depending on who you ask, where you get your information, or how skeptical you tend to be, you might either love or hate Bell this year. The team’s...

DEFENSIVE OBSERVATIONS: Dominique Franks Isn’t So Bad

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Saturday night’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins was a perfect tuneup for the defense of the Baltimore Ravens. In the game in which the starters play the most, a final test against Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson and Alfred Morris, among others, would be a proper way to gauge the readiness of the defensive unit as the regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals rapidly approaches. The defense lived up to the task, and kept Washington’s first-team offense contained for the most part. What did we learn about the...

Ravens Trim Roster to 75

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The Baltimore Ravens made the following roster moves Monday to reduce their roster to the mandated 75-man limit. None of moves are surprising:   WAIVED Safety Omar Brown, OLB Nicholas DiMarco, P Richie Leone, T David Mims, CB Mario Norman, CB Deji Olatoye, LB Austin Spitler, WR LaQuan Williams, WR Mike Willie and RB Cierre Wood   WAIVED (Injured) FB Shaun Chapas and T Brett Van Sloten   PLACE ON INJURED RESERVE DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, G Will Rackley and DE Brent Urban

Observations from Preseason Game 3 – Offense

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The third preseason game for the Baltimore Ravens – considered the true “dress rehearsal” for the regular season – wasn’t pretty, and there is no shortage of question marks as the team heads into the preseason finale on Thursday night in New Orleans. Having the first team offense on the field for over 40 plays against the Washington Redskins, plenty was offered by the starters, offering some positive thoughts, but some concerns. 1. What can we take away from Saturday night’s 23-17 win over Washington? The decline of the starting...

A Crash Course on Practice Squad Eligibility

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With the final cutdown date looming for every team around the NFL, over 700 players are facing the prospects of being unemployed by this weekend. However, for 320 of them, that unemployment will be replaced by the tenuous, and often temporary, existence that is an NFL’s Practice Squad. That 320 players represents an additional 64 players than in the past, as the NFL and NFLPA recently agreed to add 2 additional spots to what had previously been 8-man squads. The first step, though, is that the player must be released....

Meriweather Suspended For Hit on T. Smith

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The Baltimore Ravens preseason game against the Washington Redskins last Saturday night was unusually physical. One might think that it’s understood that the starters on opposing teams wouldn’t go for kill shots or throw their bodies around with reckless abandon. The stars and starters are simply looking to get in their work without risking the regular season due to unnecessary injuries. Apparently the Washington Redskins, particularly defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and safeties Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather didn’t get that memo. Meriweather has a history of headhunting and on Saturday...

Williams Models Game After Kelly Gregg

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“We don’t believe in windows. I don’t think you can build a team with the notion of ‘we have to win now,” Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta once said regarding how the team goes about building a successful franchise in the modern day NFL. After much thought given to DeCosta’s sentiments, no truer words have never been spoken regarding the season that lies ahead for the Ravens. As we all know draft picks are huge part of building an organization and can ultimately make or break a season or seasons to...

Say Hello to Our Little Friends in Section 336

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We’ve been at this thing we do here on RSR for 11 years. We’ve seen a lot of players come and go and we’ve seen many in mainstream media do the same. Since Ravens24x7.com was launched on July 3, 2003 when we enthusiastically welcomed Kyle Boller (ugh!), we’ve always maintained our fan-centricity. As we’ve grown and evolved (at least I think we have on the later) we’ve added features that almost always have two things in mind: 1. How does it benefit those who visit our site? 2. What value...

Ravens v. Redskins: 5 Things we Saw

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Heading into Saturday’s game we suggested 5 Things to Look For  besides the ball. What did that focus tell us? 1. Tackling: The tackling from the front seven was vastly improved. The open field variety from the secondary still leaves much to be desired and if the Ravens don’t clean that up, look for big plays from opposing offenses this season. 2. Matt Elam: Lost in Space comes to mind and if Elam’s play doesn’t start to ascend soon he’ll be in DANGER of being labeled a bust. Or is...

Is the Writing on the Wall for Deonte Thompson?

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“The Turk” will make an unwelcome appearance to several Ravens this week (Tuesday at the latest) as the team will reduce its roster from 90 players down to 75. There will be the obvious cuts involving players you have to Google to even know who they are or where they came from, but several that you’ve heard of – bubble players who failed to seize their opportunity – are also likely to be cut. One such player that could fall into the latter category is wide receiver Deonte Thompson. Thompson,...

RAVENS LINKS: Why the Steelers Suck 2014

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Why Your Team Sucks 2014: Pittsburgh Steelers Deadspin is coming out with their annual series, Why Your Team Sucks. In this edition, Drew Magary, with the help of some Steelers fans, tells us why everyone hates the Pittsburgh Steelers. WARNING: Foul language, viewer discretion is advised. LINK Flacco Showing Progress This Preseason First Stop Fantasy’s Slater Jackson discusses how Kubiak’s offense just lets “Flacco be Flacco.” LINK Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata kicked Redskins lineman Shawn Lauvao in ‘heat of the moment’ Haloti Ngata says, per Baltimore Sun writer Aaron...

FILMSTUDY: Front Seven Skin Washington

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Ravens vs. Redskins 8/23/14 We’d been waiting for something more from Steve Smith and he finally made his presence felt on Saturday. Smith caught 6 of the 7 balls on which he was targeted, including an electrifying 24-yard TD catch during which he sequentially rid himself of the corner, slipped, then recovered enough to make a diving grab/trap as the crowd deferred its applause until the signal. The display of vertical explosiveness is a significant step towards forcing opposing corners to play him softer. Among his other receptions was a...

RAVENS 23, REDSKINS 17: 5 Good, 5 Bad Takeaways

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Usually the most physical play in an NFL preseason game takes place in the second half. It’s then that players fighting for their jobs, in some cases for their careers, run around with their hair on fire seeking assurance that they’ll receive regular paychecks on Fridays from September through December. That wasn’t the case on Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium. Starters seek to get in their work, refine their craft and escape fake games with their health in tact. And that seems to be generally understood by both teams....

Who Makes the Cut? – Roster Projection 3.0

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The Ravens wrapped up their third preseason game of 2014 on Saturday evening against Washington with a 23-17 victory. With the first round of roster cuts set to take place on August 26th,  Dev Panchwagh and I have set our roster projection 3.0. Roster Projection 3.0 OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: Wenning’s lack of play thus far in preseason has been a little mind boggling. The Ball State product looked as if he would be headed to the practice squad. Is there any...

Thompson Making a Push

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Deonte Thompson is doing everything he can to make the Ravens roster. The third-year receiver, locked in a battle for a final wide receiver roster spot, scored his second touchdown in two weeks in the Ravens’ 23-17 win over Washington at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday night. Two weeks ago, coach John Harbaugh had said of the receiver competition: “Nobody has really separated themselves. … The games are going to be a big thing now. If practice doesn’t separate guys, then maybe the games will.” Since Harbaugh said that, Thompson...