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Zuttah Scares Team and Flacco Tosses 2 TDs

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The Ravens offense struggled at times on their first day back to practice after a much needed players’ day off on Tuesday. Quarterback Joe Flacco was inconsistent at times in getting the ball out of his hands quickly, and also threw behind his receivers on several occasions. After one such throw to Steve Smith, Flacco could be heard yelling at himself loudly. However, Flacco did bounce back during the two minute drill portion of the practice nicely. Flacco capped off a long touchdown drive connecting with wide receiver Torrey Smith...

Mosley Impresses, But Injury Bug Bites Other Rookies

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Following a players’ day off Tuesday, the team returned to practice on Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. With just eight days remaining until their first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens, under sunny skies, took to the field starting at 1 p.m. to begin week two of training camp. The Ravens linebacking unit had a different look today, with C.J. Mosley taking over for veteran Daryl Smith, who missed practice for unknown reasons. Mosley had another stand out day, disrupting the Ravens offense...

STREET TALK: Unitas Plaza is Wrong For Lewis Statue

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The backlash over the Ray Rice suspension just won’t go away and with each new visit that Rice makes in each new town since the altercation in Atlantic City, the possibility of new and/or sustained vitriol directed towards the Ravens running back exists. His first game back from the two-game suspension will be a road trip to Cleveland, a sports town with football fans who throw bottles on the field to force the end of a game and tackle 8-year-old boys wearing visiting colors. Imagine the warm reception that Rice...

RAVENS LINKS: Love from the National Media

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Joe Flacco can become a truly elite quarterback in Kubiak’s system Bucky Brooks of NFL.com says that Joe will become a truly elite quarterback and we will see a revitalization of the ground game. Read this rare positive outlook from a national media source for the Raven’s 2014 season HERE. Rookie CJ Mosley on meeting Ray Lewis The Baltimore Sun interviewed CJ Mosley about talking with Ray Lewis as he moves closer to his rookie season. Watch the video here, or read the article from Aaron Dodson HERE. Ravens cut Gerrard Sheppard...

How Long Will Justin Forsett Be a Raven?

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The addition of Justin Forsett wasn’t just a “camp move” for the Ravens. Unlike many signings that take place during the off-season, where teams add depth just to have warm bodies at camp, Forsett’s signing will mean something once the Ravens take the field on September 7th against the Bengals. With Ray Rice’s two game suspension – discipline the team anticipated – there is a window of opportunity for Forsett to showcase his abilities in the coming weeks. Many are expecting the team to keep three running backs (not including...

Addition of S Will Hill a Shrewd Move

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Entering training camp, the Baltimore Ravens had a pretty steady and favorable roster, save one aspect. The secondary as a whole was never a bright spot entering the 2014 season, with lack of depth an issue at both safety positions, as well as at cornerback, after Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. One player who was expected to aid the depth issue and step in as a contributor with hopes of filling Corey Graham’s void at nickel cornerback was veteran Aaron Ross, who never even practiced in pads with the team...

CAMP RECAP: Brooks Not Yet Ready For Prime Time

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Camp Week 1: What We Know and Don’t Know So Far With nearly a week of training camp practices in the books (capped off by last night’s performance at M&T Bank stadium), some of the pieces are starting to fall into place. It’s still early but here are the biggest points to consider so far: What We Know: • Gary Kubiak’s Motion Offense is Prevalent. Whether it’s the tight ends, receivers or fullback Kyle Juszczyk, the pass targets have been on the move early and often. Motion is a big...

Highlights & Disappointments from Week 1 of Camp

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Training camp is a little under a week old and the Baltimore Ravens are progressing as expected. There have been highs and lows as there are each and every year, but for all the offseason issues facing a team that went 8-8 and missed the postseason for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh, things are going very well so far. The team is focused on making every rep count. Here is a look at some of those highs and lows:   Highlights Quarterback Joe Flacco has the offense...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Burning Bridges in Pittsburgh

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As we enter the heart of the training camp season, let’s dive into what’s going on around the AFC North in another edition of Behind Enemy Lines.   CLEVELAND BROWNS Austin due for a big year? The Browns did a lot right during the offseason, Johnny Manziel included. Despite the media circus and speculation frenzy, the offense as a whole appears to be headed in the right direction. One key piece of that fluid offensive game plan looks to be former Cowboy receiver Miles Austin. Austin has apparently showed big...

CAMP NOTES: Smith & Smith Cross Examine Defense

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The offense took the field intent on sharpening their skills in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s new system. It is easy to see that the Kubiak offense certainly is tight end friendly. Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels and Crockett Gillmore were used early and often during practice on Monday night. All three exhibited their pass catching skills along with their blocking ability during pass rush drills. Gillmore seemingly picked up where he left off on Sunday looking the part of a true run blocker. The Ravens running backs enjoyed a nice evening...

CAMP NOTES: McPhee Shines While Jackson Makes a Move

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On Monday evening, the Ravens took to the field at M&T Bank Stadium for their first of three open practices of training camp. Over 28,000 Ravens fans got their first look at the 90 players hoping to make the final cut prior to the season kicking off in September. In an even practice between the offense and defense several players stood out including another solid day for Pernell McPhee. The 6-3, 280 pound McPhee once again found himself in the Ravens offensive backfield on multiple occasions. Quick off the snap,...

RAVENS LINKS: Smith, Smith & Associates

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The Law Firm: Smith, Smith & Associates Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com reports Steve Smith Sr. is calling the receiving group “The Law Firm: Smith, Smith & Associates.” What do you think of the nickname? Vote at the poll! The All-Bad Contracts Team Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com puts together an all-bad contracts team. Guess who makes the list at QB. LINK Ravens work out cornerback, Baltimore native Brandon Driver Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports Brandon Driver, cousin of former Maryland basketball star, Juan Dixon, and graduate of Parkville High School,...

Jackson, Campanaro Stand Out In Sunday’s Practice

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With cornerback Chykie Brown out of action today with a hamstring injury, Asa Jackson got the call. The third-year player looked sharp in outside coverage. His quickness, smooth backpedal, and anticipation were all standout features of his play today. The fact that Jackson held up well when he played outside of the numbers is certainly encouraging, as he has been pegged as more of a slot corner during his time in the NFL, and has struggled at times. On one play in particular, Jackson came off of his deep coverage...

K.O. On the Go, While A.Q. Shipley Looks for Redemption

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The first day of practice in which the pads were on and the players were allowed to hit brought some must-see action to the forefront. The line play was at center stage, with Kelechi Osemele looking like a natural fit in Gary Kubiak’s zone scheme. I’ll admit, I had my doubts about K.O.’s ability to pull and get out and space, but he was putting on a clinic today. K.O. was particularly impressive on a screen pass to Ray Rice. K.O. did a great job of laying an initial hit...

Young Linebackers Impress as the Pads Go On

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The Ravens defense had some ups and downs on Saturday afternoon as the Ravens were in full pads for the first time this training camp. Cornerback Chykie Brown had a disappointing day in the Ravens defensive backfield, getting beat by wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Steve Smith Sr. Brown allowed receivers to get past him on multiple occasions on passes from both Joe Flacco and Tyrod Taylor. Time will tell if the ultimate third cornerback for the season is currently on the roster or not. Notes & Observations Rookie linebacker...

Offense Improves, but Pierce Leaves Practice Early

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On Saturday, the Ravens hit the practice field for their first padded practice of training camp under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The offense turned in a solid outing, looking faster, stronger and in sync which was a a huge improvement over Friday’s practice. Notes & Observations Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro turned in a nice day at practice making several catches including an impressive grab on the sideline from quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Running back Ray Rice looked impressive in pads during 11-on-11 drills....

Harry O Fought to The Final Whistle

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Harry O was a regular participant in “Letters 2 TL”. It’s that mailbag that brought us together. Harry made me feel relevant, like my opinion mattered and was somehow more important than his. It wasn’t… “Letters” connected us in the cyber world and eventually paved the way to a friendship in the real world. The first time I met Harry he was a custodian for Safe Management during Ravens training camp at McDaniel College. I was both flattered and humbled by his affinity for our work but that wasn’t the...

Unanswered Questions in Defensive Backfield

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The 2013 season for the Ravens has long been in the rear view for many Ravens fans, but especially for the players. For them, it is always better to look ahead to next season than dwell on the many things that contributed to an unsuccessful season the year before. For the coaching staff, however, it is different. They are tasked with finding out what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how it went wrong. These are all things that keep those football minds up late at night. For the...

Defense Deceives & Ngata Impresses

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One of the big criticisms of Dean Pees has been the lack of creativity and deception from the blitzes he orchestrates. In particular, the timing of the blitzing defenders has been an issue. In the past, they have declared their move too soon, enabling opposing quarterbacks to make an adjustment well before the snap. Today, the timing of the blitzes was picture perfect. So much so that blitzing linebackers were able to account for four uncontested QB hurries. The defenders did a great job of anticipating the snap, and the...

Few Bright Spots on Bad Day for Offense

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Just one day removed from stealing the show on the first day of training camp, Joe Flacco and the entire Ravens offense struggled during day two. Quarterback hurries, forced throws and dropped balls were a constant theme for the offense as they continue to install new coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. There were a few bright spots in a rough day but they were few and far between. Notes & Observations Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore had an up-and-down day, catching some difficult passes but struggling at times with blocking. Backup...
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