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These 3 Ravens Need a Good Preseason

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For most of the key players on the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, the four preseason games this month will be nothing more than a way to get in playing shape, get on the same page with teammates and prepare for the regular season. The case for many others, though, is much different. The preseason offers players a chance to skyrocket their status on a team, whether it may mean going from the roster bubble to the final 53-man squad, or going from the bottom of the depth chart to...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: A New Backup Plan For Ravens?

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Reality: Since 2001, the Ravens lead the NFL in highest percentages of extra points made. Perception: The Ravens have made 99.8% of their extra points, only missing 1 in 444 attempts. The Ravens are blessed in their kicking game. For years, they had one of the very best kickers the NFL has ever seen in Matt Stover. Now, they have a great young kicker who is not only very accurate, but has one of the strongest legs in the game. Justin Tucker was 38-for-41 last year (92.7%) and hit a...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: An AFC North Update

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CINCINNATI BENGALS Dalton gets rich, Bengals get richer? Andy Dalton is the league’s latest multi-million dollar quarterback, as the “red-headed rifle” signed a 6-year, 115-million dollar deal with the Bengals this week. Now locked down and secured for the future, it should be interesting to see what Dalton can muster up in the 2014 season. As many have reported, this contract isn’t as flashy as it seems. Pro Football Talk reported that this contract is an extremely safe deal for Cincinnati, giving them the option to ultimately opt-out if things...

CAMP NOTES: Chykie Redeems Himself, Daryl Smith Returns

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As the Ravens concluded their last open practice on Monday night in preparation for their first preseason game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, the defense – more precisely, the secondary – is a work in progress. After having a rough week of practice, cornerback Chykie Brown was impressive both during one-on-one and 11-on-11 drills. Brown has battled back hard after spending much of the first two weeks not only being burned by opposing wide receivers, but also being a short-lived resident in Coach Harbaugh’s doghouse. Brown was...

CAMP NOTES: Running Game on Point, Wenning Improves

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The Baltimore Ravens concluded their last open-to-the-public practice of 2014 training camp with practice being held under the lights at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. In preparation for Thursday nights game against the San Francisco 49ers, third string quarterback Keith Wenning had his best practice yet by far. Throughout the first two weeks of camp, Wenning, the Ravens 2014 sixth-round draft pick, has been anything but spectacular. His arm strength was on full display last night, something that hasn’t been seen on the practice field up until now....

CAMP RECAP: Receiving Corps Standing Out

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The Ravens will wrap up their second full week of training camp tonight at the Navy-Marine Corp Stadium in Annapolis for the last open practice of the summer. Two weeks into training camp, a few story lines have emerged on each side of the football.   HIGHLIGHTS Receivers The wide receiver corp had a standout week with Steve Smith Sr., Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith each having stand-out days throughout the week. Watching Smith Sr. run routes is a thing of beauty. Each rep is crisper than the previous...

PA Hates the Cowboys More Than the Ravens

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Introducing the SPORTS HATE MAP Reddit recently took a poll and determined the most hated teams in each state. Reddit user /u/KMHokies35 put together a nice little map to show the data, and the results are pretty interesting. Not surprisingly, the Steelers are the most hated team in Maryland, but because of the population of Eagles fans in Pennsylvania, PA has a larger hatred towards the Cowboys than the Ravens. However, in Europe, they have a uniform hatred toward the Ravens. Read the full story from SB Nation writer, Rodger...

Jackson vs. Brown – Anybody Stepping Up at Corner?

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The battle for the third cornerback job between Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown heated up just as much as the weather late Sunday afternoon. The two combatants shared snaps as the starting cornerback, working outside of the numbers during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. While Jackson has been more consistent and has displayed impressive cover skills, Brown has made a push the last two practices, and had arguably his best practice yesterday (despite being kicked out momentarily by head coach John Harbaugh). Here is how the two players stacked up today:...

CAMP NOTES: Suggs With the Quote of the Day

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The defense was again rough and tough donned in pads and made the offense earn every play on Sunday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. With cornerback Lardarius Webb out with a back issue, Asa Jackson got the reps once again with the first team defense. The extended reps for Jackson are proving pivotal for the young cornerback who is making every snap count. The 5-10 back had another nice practice on Sunday doing a solid job of turning his head and locating the football in coverage....

CAMP NOTES: Flacco’s Passion on Display

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The Ravens hit the practice field once again in pads on Sunday under cloudy skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The new run blocking system installed by Gary Kubiak was on full display with each member of the starting offensive line progressing smoothly. Newly signed center Jeremy Zuttah showed exactly why the Ravens opted to trade a 2015 draft pick to acquire the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer. On several run blocking drills during 7 on 7 and 11 on 11, Zuttah consistently spread the defensive line...

Ravens Secondary is a Primary Concern

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Lardarius Webb plays like a heat-seeking missile. Pound for pound he is one of the league’s best tacklers and arguably the best of the Ravens’ defenders. Unfortunately the 180-pound corner’s kamikaze style can lead to injuries, particularly when he takes on opponents who weigh 25-plus % more than him. Yesterday we learned from John Harbaugh that Webb will not be practicing with the team and he will not suit up for the first two preseason games. “He’s not going to play. He probably won’t play the first two preseason games....

CAMP NOTES: Ravens Defensive Stars Flex Muscles

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The pads were back on and the players were ready to tee off. If you were a spectator during Saturday’s practice, your eyes needed to be on the line. That’s where the action was “Rated R” for plenty of violence and profanity. From the first snap, the defense was on a mission to dominate. Perhaps they were inspired by the words of their defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, who said yesterday that they needed to step up during his weekly press conference. Either way, the starters were relentless and wore out...

CAMP NOTES: Jones Shines on an Offensively Dull Day

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The Ravens offense didn’t turn in their finest day of training camp on Saturday as the defense dominated the day but there were a few bright spots as the team continues to install Gary Kubiak’s new offense. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones’ history and experience with Gary Kubiak is certainly translating to the practice field this summer. Jones, who played with Kubiak in Houston once again turned in an outstanding day. One play after safety Omar Brown broke up a pass intended for Jones, the speedy receiver made an impressive double...

CAMP NOTES: Defense Dominates Despite Brown’s Struggles

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The Ravens donned the pads for practice under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Saturday. The defensive side of the football ruled the roost in a fiery practice, with several of the big names on defense having an impressive day. Linebacker Terrell Suggs stood out, disrupting the Ravens offensive line which featured Ryan Jensen and A.Q. Shipley as Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda were not present for practice. Suggs was key in pressuring Flacco and Taylor and recorded two sacks during 11 on 11...

5 Players With Most to Prove in Preseason

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The 2014 NFL preseason is almost upon us, and for the Baltimore Ravens, it will be a four-game audition for many players who, by the start of the season, may be on the outside looking in when it comes to either a roster spot or significant playing time. During last year’s preseason, Marlon Brown’s gave quite the performance. The then-rookie undrafted free agent was second in preseason snaps for Ravens offensive players, stepping up during the extended playing time with 10 catches and two touchdowns. Training camp is where players...

CAMP NOTES: Safety Patrolling The Ravens

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Safeties, the protectors of the fort, keepers of the gate – the last line of defense that often influences the flow and tempo of a game and the decision making of opposing quarterbacks. For over a decade Ed Reed provided the Ravens with back end insurance. Like a good neighbor, No. 20 was always there. In 2014 the Ravens are counting on a relatively inexperienced group to provide insurance for Dean Pees’ defensive unit. Here’s a close look at the safety corps’ performance on Friday, an up and down day...

CAMP NOTES: Flacco Finding His Groove

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ROOKIE QB WENNING IS STRUGGLING Much was made all offseason of how quarterback Joe Flacco would fare rolling out and throwing on the move in Gary Kubiak’s West Coast Offense (WCO) system. Well today, movement and misdirection were in effect in a big way and the Super Bowl XLVII MVP looked tremendous rolling out to his right side off play-action to fling the ball downfield. Flacco put on a show airing out the long ball, and his favorite targets were Jacoby Jones and Dennis Pitta. Whether he had to place...

Asa Jackson Stepping Up

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After a strong practice Friday, Asa Jackson is making a case to win the job as the Ravens nickel cornerback. It is much too early to say the job belongs to Jackson, with Chykie Brown, Tramain Jacobs, Dominique Franks, and others still in the mix. However, Lardarius Webb (back spasms) missed practice again Friday, and Jackson receiver regular reps with the starters and took full advantage. His signature play came late in practice, when Jackson stepped in front of the intended receiver and intercepted a pass from Joe Flacco. Jackson’s...

CAMP NOTES: Suggs Leads Injury-Depleted Defense

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The defense took to the practice field on Friday with a different look than the past few days. The injury bug has bitten the defensive unit hard two weeks into training camp. The Ravens lost rookie Brent Urban for the season with a torn ACL, rookie Timmy Jernigan again missed practice with a back issue, veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb is still out with back spasms and Daryl Smith is still suffering from a groin issue. Jimmy Smith missed practice on Friday as well but there was no indication of injury –...

CAMP NOTES: Deonte & Jacoby Put on a Show

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On a dreary Friday morning, the Ravens took to the field under cloudy skies for another early practice at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The battle for the one or possibly two roster spots at the wide receiver position is heating up between Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken and undrafted rookie Jeremy Butler. Thompson has had a resurgence over the past two days and put on a nice display of speed and solid hands throughout 11-on-11 drills today. Thompson and quarterback Joe Flacco connected on two long touchdowns,...