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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...

Ravens 7 Round Mock Draft

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With compensatory picks announced, the draft outlook for the Baltimore Ravens is finally set, with eight draft picks, including four in the top 100. For a team that addressed plenty of holes in free agency (mainly through re-signing its own free agents), there aren’t many glaring needs with the draft less than two months away. But now having the draft picks set, it’s finally time to start taking a look at who the Ravens could potentially target, and more importantly when. Here’s an initial seven-round mock draft for the Ravens:...

Getting to Know Jeremy Zuttah

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Having played in Tampa since he entered the league in 2008 as a third-round draft pick out of Rutgers, new Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah is excited to become a Baltimore Raven. Zuttah has a fond memory of the time he played here in 2010 as part of a visiting Buccaneers team. Though his squad lost to the Ravens 17-10 on that November Sunday, he found himself amazed by the energy level of the crowd. “I remember the defensive intros that day and the way the whole crowd went crazy when Ray...

Goodell Speaks on Possible Rice Suspension

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL is monitoring Ray Rice’s legal situation and is waiting for the legal process to unfold before deciding whether to take action against the Baltimore Ravens running back. Rice was arrested in February after an altercation with his fiancée at an Atlantic City casino. Rice and his fiancée were both charged with simple assault-domestic violence. It’s possible that Rice could be suspended, but commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Wednesday at the annual NFL owners meetings, “We’ll let the facts dictate that.” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said...

Former Coach: Smith Will “Find Ways to Make Plays”

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First, there were the Denver Broncos fans that plastered “retirement starts now” billboards about Ray Lewis in 2012 all around their city. Even after the Ravens beat Denver, that trend continued in New England as Patriot fans did the same. The end result? Well, you don’t need me to tell you. Jump to 2013 when Ravens rookie Matt Elam mistakenly answered a question about the best way to cover Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. “He’s pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be,” Elam stated. “He’s a big...

Ravens Need a New Backup Plan

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“Well, you know, Tyrod’s only got one year left on his contract,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he’s played in games certainly. We feel like he’s a lot better than he’s showed. I know he feels that way too.” The handwriting is on the wall. If John Harbaugh, one of the best protectorates of the Ravens’ Holy Grail, keeper of the fortress known as One Winning Drive, master of saying...

Bisciotti Gives Harbaugh Vote of Confidence, More $

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Owner Steve Bisciotti clearly expects John Harbaugh to be the Ravens coach for a long time. Bisciotti told reporters at the NFL owners meeting Monday that he gave Harbaugh a one-year extension last month, added to the three-year extension Harbaugh already received last year. That means Harbaugh is under contract through 2017. Anyone who thought Bisciotti had begun to waver on Harbaugh? Forget it. Despite coming off an 8-8 season, Bisciotti still believes strongly in his head coach, for next season, and for the long haul. Harbaugh’s resume is very...

Ravens Building Depth at WR and OL

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Injuries are as much a part of the NFL as touchdowns. Some years teams are relatively fortunate. Fortunate doesn’t mean staying completely healthy, that’s obviously impossible. It means keeping most of your key players healthy enough to play a full season, and avoiding catastrophic injuries that put players out for extended periods of time. Other seasons don’t play out the same way…injuries in training camp and preseason, and season-ending surgeries early in the year. While good conditioning helps, teams staying healthy more often than not comes down to pure dumb...

Harbaugh on Zuttah: “He’s a good fit”

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeremy Zuttah played both center and guard during his six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Zuttah will be a center for the Baltimore Ravens. When the Ravens traded for Zuttah Sunday, they did so planning on Zuttah taking over for Gino Gradkowski as their starting center. Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that Tuesday during the annual NFL owners meetings in Orlando. “That’s the plan,” Harbaugh said. “Had a conversation with Gino [Monday]. It was good communication and he’s in a good place. Gino’s a solid young guy....

Harbaugh Expects More Moves Prior to Draft

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ORLANDO, Fla. — To owner Steve Bisciotti, the moves the Baltimore Ravens have made this offseason have left the team without any glaring holes. Bisciotti said that during a conversation with RSR Monday. But there is still work to be done. Bisciotti recognizes that. So does coach John Harbaugh, who spoke with reporters Tuesday morning at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes during the second day of the annual NFL owners meetings. The Ravens reportedly have around $8 million in cap space, and they could still add to their team even...

Are the Ravens Looking to Replace Tyrod Taylor?

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John Harbaugh served notice this morning at the owners meetings in Orlando that the Ravens will likely look for a backup quarterback – or one at least that will give Tyrod Taylor some competition. “Well, you know, Tyrod’s only got one year left on his contract,” Harbaugh told reporters. “We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he’s played in games certainly. We feel like he’s a lot better than he’s showed. I know he...

Bisciotti Excited to Have Steve Smith as a Raven

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Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti has to be giddy with excitement over the offseason moves his team has made thus far. Especially in free agency, and more specifically the free agent signing of wide receiver Steve Smith. Bisciotti met with reporters in Orlando yesterday and you could almost visualize the smile on his face when reading his words to BaltimoreRavens.com reporter Ryan Mink about the former Carolina Panther. “Steve Smith is the wild card. That’s an interesting addition to our team. Not only will he benefit Joe [Flacco], but I...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Zuttah Offers Significant Improvement

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This Baltimore Ravens offseason just keeps on getting better. On Sunday afternoon, the team acquired veteran center Jeremy Zuttah from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2015 mid-round pick. With the amount of holes on the roster already declining, Zuttah’s addition was just one more step toward fielding a more complete team in 2014. The 27-year-old 2008 draft pick was acquired to be the starting center, and figures into Baltimore’s long-term plans. Upgrading the center position was arguably the top priority of Baltimore’s offseason, as center Gino Gradkowski had a historically...

FILMSTUDY: A Sampling of Jeremy Zuttah’s 2013 Performances

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I wanted to give you my observations from watching some 2013 video for the Ravens new center. I didn’t have time to watch the entire season, but wanted to select a representative 4-game sample.  Your first question may well be “How did you pick which games to watch?” To summarize:  I reviewed PFF’s season and by-game scores I noted his season score was 0.2 I picked 4 games (2 good and 2 bad as PFF scored it) with an aggregate score of close to 0 Those games included weeks 1...

Bisciotti Confident About Extending Torrey Smith

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ORLANDO, Fla. — At one point during the annual NFL owners meetings Monday, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was on his way to a meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes when he bumped into agent Drew Rosenhaus. Among Rosenhaus’ clients is Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed in 2011. Bisciotti didn’t have long to talk. But when Rosenhaus told Bisciotti that he plans to speak to Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome and vice president of football administration Pat...

Ravens to Unveil Ray Lewis Statue During 2014 Season

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Johnny Unitas will have some company at M&T Bank Stadium this fall. During an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti announced the team will unveil a statue outside of the stadium in Unitas Plaza of legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. The Sun reported also included that Lewis has been a part of the process along the way and the statue will be constructed by sculptor Fred Kail, who did the famous Unitas statue as well. “He’s well into it,” Bisciotti said at the NFL owners meetings...

Bisciotti Touches Down on Several Topics

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ORLANDO, Fla. — In early February, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti spent a weekend at his house in Jupiter, Fla., meeting with Ravens brass and mapping out the team’s plan for the offseason. On Monday, Bisciotti sat down with RSR at the annual NFL owners meetings to discuss Baltimore’s offseason to this point as well as several other issues, including the future of running back Ray Rice. But while Bisciotti expressed frustration and disappointment that three Ravens players have been arrested since mid-February, he is happy with what general manager...

The NFL’s is The Wrong Shark Tank For Cuban

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These days the business and popularity of the NFL is at an all time high and with zero signs of slowing down any time soon despite what many critics including NBA team owner Mark Cuban think. Cuban openly opined about the NFL  and held back zero punches including how he thinks the NFL will ultimately lose its popularity due to it’s own greed. “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said Sunday evening via ESPN Dallas. “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get...

Q&A With Ravens President Dick Cass

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Baltimore Ravens brass arrived in Orlando, Fla. during the weekend for the annual NFL owners meetings, which began Monday morning at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. During a break Monday, Ravens president Dick Cass sat down with RSR and answered questions on a variety of areas, including Baltimore’s offseason, the team’s long-term plans for training camp and the three off-field incidents involving Ravens players this offseason. Here is the interview: Matt Zenitz: One thing you said at the facility around when Eugene Monroe was re-signed was that...

RAVENS ROUNDUP: Making Moves, Making New Fans

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RAVENS UPGRADE TO ZUTTAH After signing Eugene Monroe to a long-term deal earlier this month, the Ravens continued to work towards improving their offensive line, trading for former Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Jeremy Zuttah on Sunday. The Ravens gave up a 5th round pick in the 2015 draft to acquire the 27-year-old lineman. The Ravens knew they needed to address the center position this offseason, after Gino Gradkowski struggled mightily in his first season as a starter. Therefore, while Zuttah is not a Pro Bowl player, his ability to be...