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Charges Against Deonte Thompson Dropped Two months ago, wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana in Gainesville, Florida. Over the weekend, it was announced by Alchua County Court that the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. Thompson was not the driver of the car pulled over during the arrest, but claimed that a duffle bag containing 29 grams of marijuana was his, but that the marijuana was not. Thompson’s lawyer talked to The Baltimore Sun on the phone and was excited...

Could Ravens Go “All Irish” Early in 2014 Draft?

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The Ravens have done a lot this offseason to surround quarterback Joe Flacco with more options in the passing game, and to provide him with better protection to give him more time in the pocket. Re-signing Eugene Monroe and trading for Jeremy Zuttah helped upgrade the line. Retaining Jacoby Jones and adding Steve Smith and Owen Daniels provide the offense and Flacco with more dynamic weapons. While the offense has clearly been upgraded, infusing some youth to go along with these veteran acquisitions wouldn’t be a bad direction for the...

“We Will Announce When We Will Announce It”

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Sorry Ravens fans, the wait  continues regarding the release of the 2014 NFL schedule. On Monday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy tweeted the following, much to the dismay of NFL fans everywhere: The league pushed the 2014 NFL draft back to May due to a “scheduling conflict” involving Radio City Musical Hall; however, it’s interesting to note an early report by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Schefter tweeted the following in February of 2013: Sounds like that scheduling conflict worked out well for 2014! Whatever the case may be, it allows Goodell and company...

Free Safety a Laughing Matter For Ravens?

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Russell Street Report’s series of NFL draft prospect previews continues, switching to the defensive side of the ball in this edition. Leading up to the first round of the draft on May 8, several potential first round candidates for the Baltimore Ravens will be profiled. Prospects who figure to either be available when the Ravens pick at No. 17 or within close reach of the pick are in play. Ha’Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama • Height: 6’1” • Weight: 208 pounds • 40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds • Vertical jump:...

Ravens Backfield Running on Empty?

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Gary Kubiak’s offense has long been a productive one, among the league’s best. It has also been one that heavily depends on an effective running game. In 2013 the Ravens’ running game was hardly effective. Some blame the running backs; some blame the offensive line; some blame the coaching of the offensive line; some blame the play calling. It was all of the above. The Ravens have improved the offensive line this offseason. They’ve re-signed Eugene Monroe who we hear has become quite the gym rat and they’ve added center...

Do What You Love!

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Several years ago a friend who was an assistant principal asked me to make a presentation to his after-school groups at a local private school. The groups were separated by interests, one being sports and the other computers. He thought that given my chosen occupation that my story might be of interest to both groups. The kids ranged from 11-13 years of age so I initially thought that it could be a challenge maintaining their interest. To my surprise, they seemed to cling to every word and today, when I...

Ravens Need to Get “Time” on Their Side

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The Baltimore Ravens had their fair share of ups and downs on both offense and defense in 2013. Having lost four games last season by three points or less, the Ravens have put a strong emphasis on improving the offense this offseason. The Ravens ranked 16th in the league in time of possession (TOP), averaging 30:21 on offense each game. This stat can be a tricky one and there is more to it than meets the eye, as the Ravens proved last season. Despite being in the middle of the...

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Joe Maese

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Some Ravens fans may have never heard of Joe Maese, while some may have simply forgotten, but Maese was the first ever long snapper drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. Selected in the 2001 NFL draft out of the University of New Mexico, Maese played four seasons in Baltimore. He was a key part of a successful kicking tandem that also featured the beloved Matt Stover and punters Kyle Richardson and later David Zastudil. Recently I had a chance to catch up with Joe and reminisce about his time as a...

MOVIE REVIEW: Draft Day

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The problem with me and movie reviews is that half the time I’m not even sure what I’ve just read. Maybe it’s that I just don’t grasp the art form or maybe I just don’t care about the art form. I just want to be entertained. I don’t want to have to look at my watch wondering when it’s going to end. I want an escape from reality – one during which the director and his cast take me on a journey and when it’s done, I’m glad I went...

No Respect!

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I’m not a gambler, but I’ve got some friends who are. Living in New England most of my friends are Patriots fans. A couple years back, one of these friends who I’d get together with every Sunday made a decision. To provide an incentive to root for the Ravens with me, he was going to throw a few bucks on them every week. As a neutral observer he’d always say he felt they weren’t given the respect they deserved by the oddsmakers who set the lines. Aside from enjoying watching...

The Best NFL Rosters Start at The Bottom

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Consistently successful NFL teams maintain quality depth. Depth provides insurance in the event of key injuries and it fuels competition within a team. The threat of losing a job ushered in by competent competition channels a player’s focus, his attention to detail, the willingness to persevere all of which motivates him to dig a little deeper for even an extra ounce of effort. Creating such a competitive environment forces athletes to show up on tape in any way they can. They become more willing participants on special teams. They do...

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...

RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 4

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Last week, we took a look at what the Ravens have been able to get out of the third round in the draft. Despite the many busts, there were a few bright spots that helped the team win in the long-term. This week, we flash back to some of the team’s fourth round picks to see what kind of success the front office has had there. (REMINDER: The fourth round this year will kick off “Day Three” in the draft. It will begin May 10th.) 1997 (118) Tyrus McCloud, LB,...

NFL DRAFT BY POSITION: Offensive Tackle

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Once considered more of a punch line than a credible unit, the offensive front of the Baltimore Ravens has been pieced and reassembled together over the past month, creating a group that looks to have a more respectable output next season. The unit is 4/5 of the way complete, with the re-signing of left tackle Eugene Monroe and trade for center Jeremy Zuttah being Baltimore’s offseason additions in an effort to improve arguably the worst offensive line play in franchise history last season. With the only remaining hole being right...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Liar’s Luncheon

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For several years the Ravens have hosted a Draft Luncheon for members of the media. Traditionally the head coach, Ozzie Newsome and Director of College Scouting have been seated at the dais, expanded in recent years to include the Assistant GM, Eric DeCosta. Back on April 20, 2006 I shared my observations, which I’ll do again following this year’s luncheon on April 30. Today we’ll take a look back at the luncheon the preceded the Draft Class of 2006:   1st round – Haloti Ngata, defensive tackle, Oregon 2nd round...

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....

DRAFT PROSPECTS: Offensive Tackles Round 3

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As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Barring any trades, the team will pick in the middle of each round—so we’ll see who is available when the Ravens are projected to select their upcoming stars. This will make it easy for...

Can Former Kubiak Pupil Forsett Help Ravens?

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It appears that tight end Owen Daniels could have been the first of many former Gary Kubiak pupils that the coach brings with him to his new team. After adding Daniels – someone who figures to be a valuable complementary piece in the offense next season – the Ravens added another Houston Texans member later that same day, as they signed journeyman running back Justin Forsett. The signing didn’t make many headlines, as the team added the 28-year old on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal after an injury-plagued 2013 season in...

Harbowl III?

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you now know that the Ravens preseason schedule has been release, details of which you can find here. A couple of things jump off the page upon first glance at the schedule.   Harbowl III ~ The Ravens host the San Francisco 49ers to open their preseason schedule on August 7. The travel distance seems a bit extreme. It isn’t often that teams travel across the continent for a preseason game. Maybe the Harbaughs are hosting a family reunion in John’s new home?...

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...