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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...

Ravens 2014 Preseason Schedule

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The Baltimore Ravens announced their preseason schedule Wednesday afternoon, with the slate featuring homes games against the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins. Baltimore will also play at the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. In their preseason opener, the Ravens will host the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 7. The following week, the Ravens travel to Dallas for their second preseason matchup (date to be determined). Both contests mark the first time the Ravens have faced either team during preseason play. In the third week (date to be...

Could Cam Cameron Sway Ravens on Draft Day?

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LSU draft prospect Zach Mettenberger already has an indirect connection to the Ravens. His offensive coordinator at LSU was Cam Cameron, the Ravens’ former offensive coordinator. Scheduled to throw at LSU’s pro day Wednesday, Mettenberger said working with Cameron gave him a jump on some other quarterbacks in the draft. “He taught me how to approach the game like an NFL veteran when I was a senior in college, Mettenberger said during his combine press conference. “I was up at the facility at eight o’clock every morning studying film. I...

Ravens Hoping to “Move Those Chains!”

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As the offseason began to unfold the Ravens front office made it clear that they wanted a “move-the-chains” type of receiver. Those sentiments were echoed by a few players. “That’s probably someone that we need on a consistent basis,” Torrey Smith stated in an interview with the teams’ website in February. “Another weapon like that is just another person that Joe [Flacco] can rely on.” In 2013, the Ravens logged 295 total first downs. Of those 295 first downs, 189 came on pass plays. Smith led the Ravens with 49...

Former Raven Heads South on Parkway

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Former Baltimore Ravens Christian Thompson will work out for the Washington Redskins Wednesday, according to a source. Thompson was a fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2012, but he was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and has been out of football since the Ravens released him in October. Thompson, 23, played in college at Auburn and South Carolina State. He was an all-conference selection as a senior at South Carolina State in 2011. And at 6-foot, 211 pounds, Thompson ran the...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Wide Receiver

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Once considered the most glaring need on the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, the wide receiver position now has some flexibility as the team heads into next month’s NFL draft. After signing Steve Smith and re-upping Jacoby Jones, the team currently has a quality four-deep group of Smith, Jones, Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown. 2013 draft pick Aaron Mellette also figures to come into play for a roster spot next season. That doesn’t take the Ravens out of the running for a wide receiver in the draft, and quite frankly,...

Birdland Suffers a Big Loss

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One year ago Matt Hersl, a devout fan of the Baltimore Orioles and community activist was tragically taken from us following a senseless, careless and reckless accident. Today we once again take a moment to remember Matt. Here is his story. ~ Tony Lombardi   There’s purity to the game of baseball that no other sport can match. Its history and the indelible mark it has left upon our nation’s landscape has no peer. The legendary names, folklore, the metaphors and the history, they lure you in and take you...

Ravens Avoid The Need to Reach

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The Ravens guiding principles from a free agency and draft perspective have always served them well. As Ravens fans we’ve heard them over and over.  “Right player, right price” is one. The Ravens don’t overpay unrestricted free agents. Whether it’s their own players hitting the market or identifying players from other teams that fill a need, they rarely get in bidding wars.  The result often means productive players leaving town to cash in, or losing out on big names in free agency. It can frustrate and disappoint fans, but more...

Ask the Cap Guru: Rule of 51, Incentives, and More

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This will be the first in a periodic series of Q&A segments with our Salary Cap expert. If you have a question for Brian, submit it in the comments below, and he’ll either answer there or in a future Q&A column.  What is the “Rule of 51” that I keep hearing about and what is its effect on the Salary Cap? During the offseason, teams are allowed to carry up to 90 players on their rosters.  Obviously, it would be impossible for teams to fit all 90 players under the...