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Ravens Need a Healthy Pierce

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The Ravens questions at running back don’t end with Ray Rice and his legal problems. Bernard Pierce, entering his third season with the Ravens, is coming off offseason shoulder surgery and a subpar second season with the Ravens. The time is now for him to show that he can stay healthy and be a key component in the Ravens running game for the foreseeable future. In fact, for Pierce, there may be no better time to do so. Pierce told the Ravens team Web site recently that, coming off the...

The Battle For Truth in The NFL

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“It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun.” They Call It Pro Football (1967)   NFL Films’ opening line from their 1967 semi-documentary has proved a disastrous prophecy. In 2012, 43-year old former pro football player Junior Seau committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest. The despondent hard-hitting linebacker took aim ‘between the numbers’ for the last time. He made sure his brain was safely preserved for future study. Player safety, and the reason for Seau’s decision (and other players before him) is the paramount issue confronting...

The Battle For Truth in The NFL (The Conclusion)

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In January, 2009 the football world was waiting for the Super Bowl. New entrants into the CTE analysis and discussion, Dr. Ann McKee and Chris Nowinski used media week to present even more damning evidence. McKee and a team of scientists announced several new cases of CTE, including former NFL player Tom McHale, who died of a drug overdose at age 45, as well as in the brain of an 18-year-old high school student who died 10 days after suffering his fourth concussion. In September 2009, a front-page story in...

RAVENS NEWS AND NOTES: Offense to Get Physical

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Today the Ravens hosted a chalk talk session with the media to expand the knowledge of NFL concepts. The focus this morning was offense and the presenters were offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and offensive line coach Juan Castillo. Also involved in the presentation were assistant coaches Tom Hammock, Brian Pariani and Rick Dennison. The session was really intended to boost the football IQ of the media – a tutorial of sorts to help improve the coverage and level of intelligence when reporting or opining on the Ravens and the NFL....

Several Positions Open to Competition

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It appears as if the Ravens offseason motto is going to be “Competition”. Head coach John Harbaugh alluded to the possibility that some positions remain open for starting jobs in 2014 including the punter’s job. “Sam is our Punter and a really good one,” Harbaugh stated at this morning’s offensive football insight clinic. “It certainly doesn’t rule out the possibility of us bringing in someone to challenge him though.” Harbaugh added. Koch, who will turn 33 before the 2014 season has been mentioned as a possible cap casualty this offseason...

Torrey Defends Flacco For Not Working With WRs Yet

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is always under scrutiny, even after winning a Super Bowl and throwing for 11 touchdowns and no interceptions during a torrid 2012 playoff run. The scrutiny comes with his six-year $120.6 million contract, and the position he plays. It certainly comes after an 8-8 season in which Flacco threw 22 interceptions. Teammate Torrey Smith recently defended Flacco, who has been criticized for not holding private offseason throwing sessions with receivers yet. Flacco and several receivers plan to meet within the next two weeks. But Smith said...

RAVENS RUMORMILL: London, Contract Clauses & New Unis

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It is no secret that one of the Ravens’ offseason objectives was and is to find a free safety to pair up with Matt Elam. Word is that Ozzie Newsome and his merry band of capable front office execs had their collective sights set on former Bill Jairus Byrd. The Ravens were said to be close to a 5-year deal with the 3-time All Pro until the Saints came marching in. Byrd was waiting to board a flight to Baltimore at Buffalo Niagara International Airport when his agent called to...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Running Back

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Leading up to May’s NFL draft, Russell Street Report will provide readers a preview of each position with a Baltimore Ravens focus, profiling the different types of prospects and how they would fit with the Ravens. We start the series off with running back, a position the Ravens figure to address with a draft pick given the new offense, as well as off-field reasons. Here are different key running back traits and possible Ravens targets that possess those abilities: COMPLETE BACKS Bishop Sankey, Washington – With a strong lower body,...

The Celebration of Opening Day

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Opening Day has long been one of my favorite days of the year. It ushers in hope, a new season and serves as a reminder that the epic days of summer are just around the corner. The Boys are back in town! For years, along with several buddies, we made a complete day and night out of Opening Day. An early morning tee time was followed by a great lunch and a few beers down in the area of Camden Yards. Then of course there was the game. Weather was...

RBs That Could Help Ravens Return to Playoffs

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The Ravens have always had good running backs. At times, they’ve had great running backs. Earnest Byner, Jamal Lewis, Priest Holmes, Willis McGahee, etc. have all had different running styles but have all helped Baltimore win games (at times, even when rushing was the only thing the defense expected). These days the Ravens still have a high level of talent at the position, but their confidence in those players might be waning. Mine would be. We all know about Ray Rice and what he’s involved in. Baltimore ownership has consistently...

Boldin: Smith “Will Bring a Tough Mentality”

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Anquan Boldin represented everything it means to be a Baltimore Raven. He was tough, physical, and had the intangibles of a winner that can’t be taught. What he lacked in speed and size, he made up for with grit and hard work. He should have retired a Raven, but I digress. The point here is not to harp on what happened in the past, or what should have happened with Anquan Boldin and his contract. Rather, it’s to talk about 2014 and look towards the future. Being the good guy...

Harbaugh Plans to Get Tough

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Head coach John Harbaugh apparently is ready to get going even though the Ravens won’t open training camp for a few more months. Harbaugh recently told reporters at the NFL owners meetings that  “Our training camp this year will be more physical than it was last year.” “It’s going to be a tough, physical training camp. We’re going to wring everything we can out of every single second,” Harbaugh stated. Slow down there coach, as much as it sounds like a great idea, sadly tough, physical, training camps are a...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Owen Daniels Worth a Look

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We have reached the dry period of NFL free agency, where the majority of impactful signings have been completed, and teams are now just signing mid-to-low level players to fill roster holes before May’s NFL Draft. For the Baltimore Ravens, the first two weeks of free agency were a resounding success. They maintained most of their own key players, added depth at safety, upgraded the center position via trade, and found a go-to wide receiver. There aren’t many glaring needs left with the draft approaching, and with eight draft picks,...

Brigance Brigade to Host 5.7K Family Fun Race

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Time to break out your running shoes or walking shoes for a great cause. Ravens Senior Advisor to Player Development O.J. Brigance is about to but he needs your help. On April 5, 2014, the Brigance Brigade Foundation, along with O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, are hosting their first annual Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7K family fun run event. The event which will take place in the Canton section of Baltimore, Maryland with proceeds from the event going towards furthering the mission of the Brigance Brigade Foundation, whose goal it is...

Never Pay a Running Back!

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The Ravens are paying the price for breaking Rule #1 in the modern, pass happy NFL: NEVER Pay a Running Back! The current trend for compensating the position is in full view during this year’s free agency period. Running backs are getting no respect; some are being paid less than kickers! This movement began a number of years ago when former GM Bill Polian, then of the Indianapolis Colts, maneuvered himself onto the NFL’s competition committee. By force of personality, the imperious Polian was able to change the rules to...

A Balanced Roster Keeps Ravens in The Hunt

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Finding a balance between young productive players, guys in their prime, and veteran leadership can be tricky in the National Football League. The difference in competition between college and the NFL is greater than any sport. Even for the most talented players, there is a learning curve and few make immediate impacts. Guys in their prime are looking to get paid, and rightfully so. For some players, they get one big contract. Unlike baseball, it’s not all guaranteed, it’s often money players need for their family’s long term financial security....

RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 2

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Last Friday, we explored the history of Ravens’ first-round selections. Some lived up to their draft stock, others weren’t able to stay with the team and make even a minimal impact. Let’s take a look at Round Two and see what the history looks like after the stars of the first round are off the board. 1996 (55) DeRon Jenkins, CB, Tennessee The third Baltimore Raven ever selected in a draft never lived up to his second-round selection. He never made it to the Super Bowl team of 2000 and...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: No Respect in 2006

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While the Ravens were on their way to their best record in franchise history during the 2006 season, they received little fanfare, little respect for a team that would ultimately finish the regular season 13-3. Here’s a look back at a column published on December 12, 2006, one that captured the feeling that the Ravens were the league’s ugly red-headed stepchild, with all due respect to ugly red-headed stepchildren.   Chances are if you are reading this you are a Ravens fan. And thanks to the genetics of a Ravens...

Ray Rice Indicted

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted Thursday for one count of aggravated assault. Rice was arrested in February after an altercation with his fiancée at Atlantic City casino. Rice and his fiancée were both charged with simple assault at the time, but Rice now faces a more serious charge after a review by the Atlantic City police department. As noted in a news release sent out by the Atlantic City police department, Rice was charged with aggravated assault for “attempting to cause significant bodily injury and/or purposely or...

Ravens Meanderings: More Free Agent Spending?

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Free agents who remain on the open market at this time lose leverage and therefore money with each passing day. Representatives for these agents have more than likely drawn proverbial lines in the sand in an attempt to set market value for their clients. Yet as the draft draws nearer, their clients’ cases grow weaker and those lines become less defined. Of the remaining unrestricted free agents, those most frequently discussed as potential Ravens are Owen Daniels and LeGarrette Blount. Daniels on the surface would appear to be a natural...