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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...

Defensive Redemption on Day 2 of Practice

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The Baltimore Ravens kicked off their second full team practice of training camp on Friday morning under sunny skies. After a rough morning yesterday during practice, the Ravens defensive side of the football stole the show on Friday. The efforts of the defense looked as if they were in mid-season form. Boisterous voices could be heard from the sidelines including head coach John Harbaugh, who loudly showed his disdain for the offense during 7-7 drills and 11-11 drills. More Notes & Observations Safety Matt Elam put in a nice day...

Ravens Sign Safety Will Hill

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After their secondary depth took a hit yesterday, when cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles tendon taking the conditioning test, the Ravens have added another former New York Giant free agent. Per several sources, including Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the team has added safety Will Hill. Ravens have signed safety Will Hill. — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) July 25, 2014 Hill, who went undrafted in 2011 out of the University of Florida, is currently serving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. In the past, he’s...

RAVENS LINKS: Important Preseason Dates

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VIDEO: Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on running back Ray Rice: ‘I stand behind Ray’ (0:33) Yahoo Sports put out this short 33 second video of John Harbaugh’s reaction to Ray Rice’s suspension and how the Ravens will move forward from it. LINK Important Ravens training camp/preseason dates Jason Butt of Baltimore Beatdown gives a complete list of the most important dates throughout training camp and the preseason. LINK After Disappointing Super Bowl Followup Season, Baltimore Ravens Tickets Down 2.7% On Secondary Market Forbes.com contributor, Jesse Lawrence, discusses secondary...

Final Word (I Think) on Ray Rice’s Suspension

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We received a lot of push back from Ravens and NFL Fans not happy about what they believe to be a light-handed suspension given to Ray Rice (2 games, $500,000+). Some followers were nasty after I posted the following Tweets: Ray Rice’s suspension announced…check; overreaction from everyone…check; time to move on…TBD. Time 2 focus upon the field #Ravens — Russell St. Report (@RussellStReport) July 25, 2014   Haters gonna hate. The overreaction is to Rice’s suspension. When has Goodell ever given anyone a break? Ever think that he has more...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Remembering “The Hot Sauce”

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This article was originally posted back in March 6, 2009 after Bart Scott signed with the New York Jets as an unrestricted free agent. This looks back upon my experiences with him as his co-host on The Hot Sauce. ********** When I started Ravens24x7.com back on July 3, 2003 I had no idea where it would go. Like most of you I was a diehard fan who couldn’t get enough new information, insight and opinion on the Baltimore Ravens. My objective back then was to deliver such content from the...

Ngata Feels Great As His Ninth Training Camp Begins

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If you have been paying attention to the Ravens offseason activities and minicamps, you are familiar with how many pundits are preaching about the team’s speed on defense. The players on said defense are certainly starting to take notice as well. Veteran nose tackle Haloti Ngata is one of many that is thoroughly impressed with the influx of young talent the Ravens now have on the defensive side of the football. “When I turn around and see these guys friggin’ sprinting to the ball, it’s just amazing,” Ngata stated when...

Cornerback Position Has a Rough Day

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The Ravens lack of depth at cornerback took another blow on Thursday as the team announced that Dominique Franks was unable to practice due to a failed conditioning test. To make matters worse free agent cornerback Aaron Ross suffered a torn Achilles while taking his conditioning test. Signed during the team’s minicamp, Franks and Ross were brought in to compete for the vacant nickel cornerback position in light of Corey Graham’s departure via free agency. Until Franks returns, it appears as if Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown are the clear...

Steve Smith Beats Webb For 70-yd TD

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The Baltimore Ravens held their first full team practice under cloudy skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills early on Thursday morning. With the music rocking and rolling, the players, donned in their shorts and helmets spent a portion of the morning going through their normal drills with position coaches before conducting their 11 on 11 drills. The uptempo of the Ravens offense was on display as Joe Flacco and company continue to install new components. Steve Smith Keeps Impressing Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. continued...

CAMP NOTES: Juice on the Loose

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JUICE IS ON THE LOOSE It’s one thing to hear all of forecasts for fullback Kyle Juszczyk’s expanded role in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s offense. But today, his versatility as a move guy was on fully display at training camp. Juszczyk was the primary motion guy in many of the offensive sets. His most intriguing motions were when he flexed out wide from the backfield, and when he flexed back into the backfield from the receiver position. Depending on the defensive alignment the Ravens face, Jusyzczyk’s motion can either create...

Rice Suspended For 2 Games

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According to Adam Schefter the NFL has suspended Ray Rice for two games. He will miss the opener against the Bengals and the Thursday Night game, CBS’ first, on September 11 against the Steelers. NFL is suspending Ravens RB Ray Rice for the first two games this season, per sources. The suspension is expected to be announced today. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2014 The suspension is less than most expected and probably comes as a relief to the Ravens organization. Baltimore will also get some salary cap relief...

Ray Rice’s Suspension Could be Lighter Than Expected

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The first full-fledged practice of the Ravens 2014 training camp will get underway this morning at 8:30 and still there is no news about the expected suspension of Ray Rice from Roger Goodell’s office. The absence of any announcement begs the question, “What is taking so long?” Lately Goodell has opted to allow the judicial process to take the lead before issuing any fines and/or suspensions. Rice’s case may be particularly tricky. The NFL is keen on expanding its market, penetrating new demographics and they’ve done an outstanding job drawing...

The Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-Man Squad

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With your votes we were able to come up with an All-Time 53-man squad for the Baltimore Ravens. The voting produced the best squad from all who have ever donned the Ravens colors with a few debatable exceptions. Tony Jones should have easily bumped Harry Swayne from the available offensive tackles. Swayne was quite pedestrian during his days in Baltimore. Dawan Landry probably benefitted from being a Raven more recently but Eric Turner was a vastly superior player. Jermaine Lewis as the Return Specialist should have edged Jacoby Jones but...

CAMP NOTES: Steve Smith Sr. Knows His Role

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If there was ever a football player that was destined to be a Raven, that player would have to be new wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. “I love the personality. It’s not really about how you say it; it’s about what you do, and that’s the part I love about it. I’m not really concerned more about the perception,” Smith Sr. stated at the podium on Wednesday. “It’s more about what’s going on. So, that’s the thing that I love about it – what’s really going on, what are we...

Camp Notes: Suggs Says Last Season Was a Rude Awakening

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Terrell Suggs isn’t happy about the way the Ravens 2013 season played out. “When we all left, we all felt like we all kind of let each other down,” Suggs commented when asked about last season’s disappointment. “It was definitely a rude awakening. It sucks. It sucks. You just have to watch teams compete and teams that you played get the opportunity to win a championship. It sucks, and it’s definitely something we don’t want to feel again.” The Ravens spent much of the offseason after the 2012 season upgrading...

Flacco Confident 2014 Will be Better

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For quarterback Joe Flacco 2013 was a disappointing season to say the very least. In 2013, Flacco set career highs in passing yards (3,912) along with passing attempts (614), but also in interceptions (22) as well, while throwing for just 19 touchdowns. Some will say that his careers highs were a byproduct of an inept running game while others will say it was his offensive line giving him zero protection as he was sacked a career high 48 times. Both are valid points indeed. Joe certainly isn’t without fault as the former...
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