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Will Lardarius Webb Return to The Ravens in 2015?

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In his Twitter Q&A ESPN’s beat writer Jamison Hensley addressed the following Tweet: Hensley’s answer: @jamisonhensley: I don’t see cornerback Lardarius Webb on the Ravens’ roster next season. With the way Webb is playing, it’s hard to justify paying him $8 million in salary in 2015. The Ravens can gain $5 million in cap room by cutting Webb. Of course, Webb has time left this season to make a convincing argument that he should stay. There’s also the possibility that the Ravens will approach Webb about taking a pay cut. The...

Flacco Critics Breaking Out in Hives?

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Confessions of a Sports Nut I have to admit I’ve developed an almost evil appreciation for games that Joe Flacco dominates. I use the term “evil appreciation” because the biggest reason I enjoy seeing Flacco play well is to read and listen to the follow-up from his detractors who will go completely out of their way to somehow mitigate a solid Joe-Cool performance. In case you missed it on Sunday, Flacco shredded an awful Tampa Bay defense for 306 yards and five touchdown passes while improving his career regular season...

Aiken, Campanaro Battle For Playing Time

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Practice makes perfect and the better you practice or play the more reps you get. It’s that simple for Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. In yesterday’s throttling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two such players that fit into that category were wide receivers Kamar Aiken and seventh round draft pick Michael Campanaro. All throughout the summer, the competition between Campanaro and Kamar Aiken was one certainly worth watching. Both players battled each and every day to earn their spot on the Ravens roster. On Sunday, with Marlon Brown sidelined...

Ravens Quick Hits From Week 6

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It’s been said often that the true measure of character isn’t determined by how someone deals with success, but rather how he or she handles adversity. Kudos to Torrey Smith for answering his critics, myself included. Smith has struggled with consistency as a ball catcher and he’s been pretty much a one-trick pony. Yesterday he began to resemble the player who seemed to be growing as a receiver until he hit the wall in 2014. If he, Joe Flacco and Gary Kubiak can build upon his 4 catches for 51...

Ravens Make History While Sinking Bucs

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It seemed the Ravens offense had everything going against them as they entered their Week 6 matchup against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were starting two rookies on the left side of the offensive line, one of their starting wide receivers had been struggling mightily all season, and they were playing in high temperatures that the team hadn’t seen since the lazy days of summer during training camp. Throw in the fact that it was a road game and, in short, it was one of those games that seemed...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Ravens Dominant!

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It’s hard to imagine a more perfect outcome for the Baltimore Ravens in Tampa on Sunday as they leave the southwest Florida tropical conditions with a dominant 48-17 win. At the midway point in the first quarter the outcome of this game was never in doubt. Lovie Smith and his highly dissectible Tampa 2 defense was no match for the razor sharp arm of Joe Flacco who sliced up the Bucs swiftly and often. Flacco was like the guy on Pier 60 in Clearwater carving up fresh grouper. The Ravens...

FILMSTUDY: O-Line Deep And Talented

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Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Bucs 10/12/14 The prospects looked dim with Monroe still out and Osemele inactive for Sunday’s game, but the Ravens again proved deep enough with solid performances from both backups. As a group, the line didn’t allow a sack and Flacco was knocked down just once. There were 6 separate run losses where responsibility for penetration was assigned, but no game changers (4 times -1, 1 of -2, and the fumbled exchange). For the first time this season, the line was penalized 4 times. While...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 48, Bucs 17

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28 point first quarter, as Ravens cruise Overall: A When you score TD’s on your first 5 possessions of the game, while holding your opponent to under 100 total yards in the first half, there is not much to say. The Ravens took the opening kickoff ran 4 plays for 80 yards and scored on a TD pass from Flacco to T. Smith and set the tone early. This team was ready to play from the opening whistle and dominated the game. Anything positive that the Bucs managed to pull...

Knee Jerk Reactions: Ravens 48, Bucs 17

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Joe Flacco and the Ravens, along with the offensive line, looked like world beaters in the first half… the best played half in franchise history. But it didn’t come against a good team… it came against the worst team in the NFL. After that kind of a half, it’s more important to come out and stay aggressive in the second half, proving you can sustain that type of play for more than a half. The Ravens couldn’t, as they phoned it in during the third quarter, giving up 10 points....

LOOK OVER HERE: Ravens at Bucs

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TALL DRINK: Bucs QB Mike Glennon looks more like a small forward than a quarterback but he can get the job done if he’s given time. It doesn’t take much for him to stand tall in the pocket and if he can set Glennon can deliver accurately and on time. He’s been sacked 9 times this season and he moves well despite his flamingo legs. Flushing him to his left can bring desirable results. TALL OAKS: Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are both active today and if Glennon gets time,...

This Week on Russell Street

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HOLD THE SIZZLE? Terrell Suggs has been an enigma through the first five games of the 2014 season. His relentless desire to get after opposing quarterbacks is there, but the veteran linebacker has struggled bringing down signal callers, recording just a half of sack, which he shared with counterpart Elvis Dumervil. LINK OUR LAST TRIP TO THE PIRATE SHIP The last time the Ravens visited Raymond James Stadium for anything other than fake games was back on September 10, 2006, the very first regular season game the Brian Billick led Ravens...

CRAB BAG: More Tampa Glory in Store for Ravens?

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The city of Tampa has been pretty kind to the Ravens in their brief history. Of course, their first Super Bowl championship, back in Super Bowl XXXV in January of 2001, was played at Raymond James Stadium. In addition to that, they also posted a monumental beatdown of the Buccaneers there in 2006. There was a loss sandwiched in there though, a 22-10 whooping at the hands of the Bucs in 2001. All time, the Ravens are 2-2 against Tampa and 2-1 in games played in Raymond James. Here’s hoping...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: Owners Lobby For New Unis?

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Reality: 10 NFL Teams average 30 carries or more per game. None have a losing record. Perception: The Ravens are average 26.8 carries through 5 games, with a 4.7 yards per carry average. That is a significant improvement from a year ago, not only in execution, but also in play calling. They average 26.4 carries per game last year, but there were a number of games during which they went away from the run, much to the dismay of most fans. The Ravens are a team that needs to stick...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens at Bucs

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Webb returns an INT for a score and Jacoby returns a kick for TD as the Ravens cruise in Tampa. ~ Ken Zalis Flacco and Company deliver one of their patented road duds — but only for three quarters. Trailing 17-16 heading to the 4th quarter, Baltimore scores 17 points in the final period to win 33-17. An INT return for a TD by Lardarius Webb is the big blow midway through the 4th quarter with the Bucs driving for the go-ahead score. ~ Drew Forrester This appears to be...

INJURY REPORT: Ravens at Bucs (Game Status)

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GAME STATUS RAVENS OUT: DE Chris Canty (wrist); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee); T Eugene Monroe (knee) DOUBTFUL: WR Marlon Brown (pelvis) QUESTIONABLE: G Kelechi Osemele (knee) PROBABLE: S Matt Elam; LB Daryl Smith (knee); C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle) BUCCANEERS OUT: LB Jonathan Casillas (hamstring); S Dashon Goldson (ankle) DOUBTFUL: QB Josh McCown (right thumb) QUESTIONABLE: CB Jonathan Banks (neck); C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness); DE Larry English (hamstring); WR Mike Evans (groin); WR Vincent Jackson (rib)   INJURY REPORT RAVENS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Chris Canty (wrist); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee);...

Through Five Games, Suggs Remains an Enigma

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Terrell Suggs has been an enigma through the first five games of the 2014 season. His relentless desire to get after opposing quarterbacks is there, but the veteran linebacker has struggled bringing down signal callers, recording just a half of sack, which he shared with counterpart Elvis Dumervil. In fact, going back to last season, the former Defensive Player of the Year has recorded just 2.5 sacks in the past 13 games – something no one expected out of the Ravens franchise sack leader. It’s not like the once feared...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens at Bucs Circa 2006

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The last time the Ravens visited Raymond James Stadium for anything other than fake games was back on September 10, 2006, the very first regular season game the Brian Billick led Ravens played with Steve McNair under center. Forced to wear their purple in blistering tropical conditions the Ravens returned home with a convincing victory. Here’s how they graded out during the 27-0 win.   QUARTERBACK: B+ Steve McNair was an efficient 17 of 27 for 181 yards and a score. He protected the football well and finished with a...

RAVENS LINKS: Happy Orange and Purple Friday!

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Ravens Go All In to Support Orioles With the Orioles looking for their first World Series appearance since 1983, even the Ravens’ facilities have an orange glow to them. Garrett Downing talks about the connection between the two teams here. C.J. Mosley Is Filling Some Big Shoes for Baltimore C.J. Mosley has received a lot of praise from around the league for his play thus far this season. This time, he gets it from Grantland’s Jason Bailey, who goes on to discuss the success of the entire Ravens’ defense which...

Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Buccaneers

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Offense 1. Run to Set up the Pass Last Sunday against the Colts, the Ravens were aggressive with their play-action passing game, especially in first down situations. The Ravens attempted 14 first down throws, and a lot of the pass attempts came in the first half. The plan backfired, as the Colts were all over the Ravens’ boot action, causing Joe Flacco to run for his life off the play-fake. Tampa Bay isn’t going to be as aggressive as Indianapolis in attacking the line of scrimmage. They’ll stay static in...

Jacoby Jones Struggles to Regain Form

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When the Ravens re-signed wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones during the offseason, the organization figured they would have the best of both worlds when it came to the electrifying playmaker. Jones, who dazzled in the kick return game in 2013 recording one touchdown and 26 kickoff returns of 20 yards or greater also turned in his best season ever as a pass catcher (37 catches, 455 yards two touchdowns) for the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco. It’s safe to assume that the team thought of Jones as a security blanket...