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Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

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Typically one of the low points of the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, wide receiver has quickly emerged as one of the offensive strongpoints for the team as the beginning of the 2014 season looms. Historically a group that has lacked any top options and/or inherent depth, Baltimore has a deep, diverse set of receivers, with multiple additions that should help out the roster this season. Notable new additions: Steve Smith and Michael Campanaro – The Ravens lacked any veteran presence at the position in 2013, with Jacoby Jones being...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, WR

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Throughout their 18-year history the Ravens have had a difficult time discovering and developing talent at the position of wide receiver. It was once so bad that prior to the 2011 second round selection of Torrey Smith, fans dreaded the thought of the Ravens burning a first round pick on a wide receiver. We have Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton to thank for that. The absence of a prototypical No. 1 WR has only added fuel to the fire of Baltimore’s yearning for a player in the mold of a...

Who’s Next in The Ravens Ring of Honor?

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During one of our Ravens Rap shows down at The Blue Ox in Ocean City that featured team owner Steve Bisciotti, the topic of Todd Heap surfaced. Heap has always been a popular Raven and for good reason. He was a very good tight end who could have been better and perhaps played longer if not for years of ineptness at quarterback during the prime of his career. The 2001 first round draft pick’s popularity is no less in our State’s city by the sea. When Heap last visited M&T...

VIDEO: Canty Working His Hands

Chris Canty drew a lot of criticism from fans and media alike when he did not show up for voluntary OTAs. After signing 3-year, $8M contract in March of last year, Canty had a less-than-stellar 2013 campaign. According to, Canty registered only 2 sacks and 30 tackles in 15 games (13 starts). To prepare for training camp, he has sought out help from Dave Paladino, owner and director of Strike Zone. Check out this video from his Instagram of Canty working his hands.

Training Camp Preview: Running Backs

One of the position groups with the most uncertainty heading into the Baltimore Ravens 2014 training camp is the offensive backfield, where Baltimore’s expected top three ball carriers all had some form of issue in the offseason. Arrests headlined the offseasons of running backs Ray Rice and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, with a suspension for Rice looming as the season approaches. 2013 backup ball carrier Bernard Pierce is returning from offseason shoulder surgery – not an ideal issue for a running back (pass protection, ability to take defenders straight on) –...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Quarterback

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Quarterback, the most highlighted of all positions in sport has certainly been a problematic one for the Baltimore Ravens. Not until the arrival of Joe Flacco has there been any stability at the position. One could argue, and with good reason, that substandard play behind center cost the Ravens playoff wins and possibly another Super Bowl Championship given a defense that regularly ranked among the NFL’s elite. Be that as it may, to borrow from former team head coach Brian Billick, “It is what it is.” So in our continued...

Ngata Quite The Athlete

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For a 330-pound man, Haloti Ngata is quite an athlete. Ngata is an accomplished rugby player (could you imagine this beast in a scrum?) Here he shows that he has hops as well, as the southpaw slams one home from a standstill under the basket.   Video courtesy of Miles Goodman and the Coach’s Buzz Post by ASAP Training.

VIDEO: Ngata Crushes it in The Gym

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Haloti Ngata is primed to have a big season. In 2014 he will be playing to preserve the balance of his contract or better still, an extension that like his best friend on the team, Terrell Suggs, will allow him to retire as a Raven. Things are shaping up nicely for Ngata and he should benefit from many things outside of his control. DeAngelo Tyson is a surprise developmental player and continues to improve. Brandon Williams is more prepared for the NFL after not playing against elite collegiate talent. And...

Fans Point Finger of Blame at Cops in Smith Arrest

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Whether it be on our Facebook page, message board or in the comments section of our blogs on the topic of Jimmy Smith, the most vocal fans have come to the defense of the Ravens’ promising cornerback after his arrest on Saturday night at The Greene Turtle in Towson. Relatively speaking the crime isn’t a big deal. No one was seriously injured and hopefully there were some lessons learned. Although it is at least slightly curious why Smith was allegedly with a coked up girl then flew out of town...

Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks

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As training camp quickly approaches, the Ravens have two story lines to follow at the most important position – quarterback – which is two more than they usually have had in recent years heading into a new season. Rookie sixth-round draft pick Keith Wenning will battle it out with fourth-year player Tyrod Taylor – who is entering the final season of his contract – for the backup quarterback job. The duel for backup quarterback may not be the most heated of training camp competitions in Baltimore, but it’s still important,...

RAVENS LINKS: Another Ravens vs. Steelers Battle

Ravens lose to the Steelers in the final 16 NFL All-Time Memorable Plays The Mile-High Miracle is going up against the Immaculate Reception in the final 16 most memorable plays of all time as voted on by the fans and conducted by Cast your vote for the Ravens HERE. EDIT: Unfortunately, the Mile-High Miracle lost to the Immaculate Reception and the competition has moved on to the next round. VIDEO: Ravens National Anthem audition finalists The Baltimore Sun put together a compilation video of the nine finalists to become the...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, D-Line

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The greatness of the Ravens defensive line has been the byproduct of depth, complementary players and an efficient rotation of personnel more so than the distinction of its individual contributors. That said the Ravens have had some pretty solid defenders in the trenches over the years and in this segment of “Fan’s Choice” we’ll ask you to pick 8 players to man the defensive front of the Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-man roster. * FF ~ Forced Fumbles ** PD ~ Passed Defensed Here’s a video that features veteran lineman Kelly...

Ravens Need Flacco to Feel at Home on The Road

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It’s often said that the key to a team’s success in the NFL is taking care of business at home, and winning half of your games on the road. It’s a pretty straightforward formula that equates to a team more often than not making the playoffs. Eight games on the road, eight games at home. Finish 6-2 within the friendly confines of your own stadium, and go 4-4 on the road. Finishing 10-6 most years is good enough for a playoff berth, regardless of whether that means winning your division...

VIDEO: Torrey Smith Catches a Shark!

A mile off the coast of Sunny Isles Beach, FL, Torrey Smith and a few friends went fishing for some sharks this weekend. They had a lot of success. The experience made him not want to get in the water! RT @SpaceKad3t guess who’s not getting into the water this summer? Yup! This gal!!!….and this guy haha I could see my hotel from our spot — Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) July 13, 2014 For our animal-loving friends, there is no need to worry. They were catching and releasing. Check out the...

Pro Football Talk Slams the Ravens!

Media, Fans React to Jimmy Smith’s Arrest Another Raven got arrested. That’s five this offseason, the most of any NFL team. You’ve already read it now and have probably heard the story numerous times. Jimmy Smith was arrested at Greene Turtle in Towson and charged with “failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer.” Here’s the Baltimore County Police Department Incident Report. This arrest might be the Ravens strangest of the offseason. Smith claims he was helping the intoxicated woman, but most people would counter his argument with...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Specialists

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Today we continue our effort (with a BIG shout out to the fans for their votes) to assemble the Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-man squad with a look at the specialists. But before we do that, let’s revisit each of the positions voted upon so far with the leaders shown in descending order. The number in parenthesis represents the total number of players we plan to carry at that position. Voting for each position remains open until July 20, 2014. OFFENSE Running Back (3): Jamal Lewis, Ray Rice, Priest Holmes (VOTE...

Words Aren’t Enough For Troubled Ravens

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This is not what I wanted to write about this offseason. My last article was about the issue the Ravens were having this off-season with four arrests. Now, as we get ready for rookies to start training camp, comes a 5th arrest for the Purple and Black. After Jimmy Smith was arrested late Saturday night and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, it’s time for the Ravens to do more than just dish out words. During the last day of the Ravens mandatory minicamp in June, John Harbaugh said, “We will always...

Rookie Michael Campanaro Joins “Deacon Club”

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro has only been a member of the organization for a few short months. While he prepares to try to make his first impacts on an NFL field, he continues to make an impact off the field for his Alma mater Wake Forest University. Campanaro, the Clarksville, Maryland native, who played for the Demon Deacons prior to being selected by the Ravens in the 2014 NFL draft recently became a member of the Wake Forest University Deacon Club. The mission of the Deacon club is...

2014 All-AFC North Team

Less than two months until NFL Opening Weekend 2014, the AFC North is as unpredictable of a division as any in the NFL. The reigning champion Cincinnati Bengals are reloaded for another run at the division crown, while the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have made their fair share of offseason moves to make a run at dethroning the reigning champs. No team stands out as the worst, no team stands out at the best (although it’s Cincinnati’s division until further notice). But what if one team was...

RAVENS LINKS: Tucker Rule Brings Change to M&T

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Ravens install new goal posts in wake of ‘Tucker Rule’ Justin Tucker has had a few important game-winning kicks in his now 2-year career, but his first one caused some controversy. Read writer Dan Hanzus’ article on what the Ravens had to do with their goalposts almost two years after that kick here. Stormy week for Ravens’ Jimmy Smith Before Jimmy Smith’s arrest early Sunday morning, he’d already been having some problems. A tree fell on his house that was caused by the tornado this past week. Read the...
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