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Silence is Golden in The NFL

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When the Ravens consider new players for their roster, whether they are free agents or they are players emerging from the college ranks via the NFL Draft, character, whether good or bad is always an issue. And during this time of year, character or lack thereof, always seems to rear its sometimes-ugly head. This stretch of 4-5 weeks between the last set of organized team activities and the first reporting day of training camp (unofficially labeled “The Dead Zone”) can leave head coaches and front office personnel a tad on...

Ravens Hopefuls Look to ‘Go The Distance’

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As children, many of us aspired to be professional athletes. Back in the days before Xbox and PlayStation and EA Sports, the days when Video Pong was cutting edge (yes I’m that old), we spent our summer on the ball field from mid morning to sundown. The fields were simple. Bases were made of castaway clothing or boxes — perhaps even a crushed soda can or milk carton. The fields were safe. Parents didn’t seem to mind that you hopped on your bike and took off, not to be seen...

Ravens & Under Armour Provide Youth Football Grants

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The players may not be on the field until late July but the Ravens organization is busy as usual, particularly with their community involvement. Times are tough for local sports teams, including many youth football programs who are struggling to give players even the basic equipment needed to play the game. For 13 lucky non-profit youth programs, 2014 will be better, thanks to the Ravens Foundation, Inc., who, along with Under Armour have awarded them grants. These grants will provide new football equipment and apparel to 25 teams that demonstrate outstanding...

Which Remaining Free Agents Could Help Ravens?

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With training camp only a month away, the big-name free agents have all signed, and big splashes are very unlikely. At this point in free agency, teams are just looking for low-cost veterans who could outplay their salary and provide their team with a bargain. For the Baltimore Ravens, they accomplished just that last season, giving veteran linebacker Daryl Smith just over $1 million on a one-year deal, but ultimately getting a full-time defender and dependable coverage option. It’s unlikely the Ravens can find a steal of Smith’s caliber every...

Flacco, Kubiak Don’t Have to be Best Friends

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Those infamous “sources” in and around the Baltimore Ravens are stirring it up a bit regarding the allegedly frosty relationship between quarterback Joe Flacco and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Even if they aren’t drinking buddies – BIG DEAL! Some of the best collaborators have at times been adversarial. Lennon & McCartney, Jagger & Richards, Simon & Garfunkel, Martin & Lewis, Sting & Copeland, Unitas & Shula, Montana & Walsh, Shaq & Kobe…the list goes on. In many cases the adversarial nature of the aforementioned relationships and many more have their...

Five Ravens on The Hot Seat This Summer

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With summer officially underway, here are five Ravens who will feel the heat when training camp begins in July. Joe Flacco, QB – He’s directing a new offense and is coming off a disappointing season in which he threw 22 interceptions. Outwardly, nothing seems to faze Flacco. But there’s no doubt the microscope will be on him in 2014. He needs to set the tone with a strong camp. Gary Kubiak, offensive coordinator – With an impressive track record as an offensive coordinator, the early feedback on Kubiak’s offensive system...

Ray Rice It’s Your Move!

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Many have criticized the Ravens handling of Ray Rice’s domestic incident involving Janay Palmer – particularly the press conference that they hosted enabling Rice to make a public statement on the matter. Rice was understandably uncomfortable. “Uncomfortable” would actually be an understatement. From a media perspective the press conference was a debacle. Rice’s behavior was interpreted by many to be insincere and poorly thought out. Instead of a prepared statement he read notes from his cell phone. Despite the charges and the infamous video of Rice attempting to drag his...

Former Raven McClain Still Giving Back to Baltimore

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While former Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain may not be suiting up for the purple and black this fall, it’s easy to see his community efforts in Baltimore are still going strong. McClain, who signed with the New York Giants this offseason after spending the last six seasons with the Baltimore was back in town on Saturday afternoon to host his annual football and fitness clinic. The event this year  featured approximately 300 children of all ages who took to the football field at Reisterstown Regional Park to learn football skills alongside McClain...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Does Aaron Ross Make the Cut?

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The inevitable occurred this week when the Baltimore Ravens brought in some much needed competition at the cornerback position. Up until this point, inexperienced corners Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson were the lone contenders to take over Corey Graham’s role as the third cornerback in nickel situations. Even if one of the two ultimately become perfectly capable of taking on that role, it would have been a mistake to enter the season without giving them experienced competitors to face off with. The Ravens did just that, signing veteran cornerbacks Aaron...

Ravens Waive 3, Sign 5, Including Ross

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The Baltimore Ravens made the following roster moves Friday, waiving three players and signing five to their 90-man roster: Waived the following players: Player                             Pos.         Ht.           Wt.         Exp.     College Boyd, Xavius                   LB            6-2          239          R    Western Kentucky  (waived injured – hamstring) Moody, Dexter               S              6-1          213          R          Albany State Patterson, Avery             CB           5-8          191          R          Oregon Signed the following players: Player                             Pos.         Ht.           Wt.         Exp.     College DiMarco, Nicholas          OLB         6-2          237          R          William Penn Franks, Dominique         CB           6-0          197          5          Oklahoma Ross, Aaron                     CB           6-0          190          8          Texas Spitler, Austin                ...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Best Plays in Ravens History (Part III)

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Back in June of 2008 we put together our list of the Best Plays in Ravens History. Of course time has a way of changing things. The Mile High Miracle may arguably be the greatest of all and we invite you to include your favorites not on THIS LIST. We’ll revisit the list but over the course of the next 3 Flashback Fridays, presenting what we once regarded as the 10 best in pairs. We will then ask YOU to help us create a new list. Here are the plays...

Kubiak’s Influence Hasn’t Gone Unnoticed

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The hiring of Gary Kubiak this offseason brought along considerable changes to a Ravens offense — one that despite its struggles fell just one victory short of making the playoffs. When Kubiak was hired it all but confirmed that the Ravens would switch to a heavy dose of his traditional zone blocking system, something that Jim Caldwell, Juan Castillo and player personnel all appeared to struggle with in 2013. With the moves made by the Ravens during this offseason via free agency or trade, Kubiak and his staff have opened...

Harbaugh Addresses Off-the-field Behavior

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As the Ravens wrapped up their mandatory minicamp on Thursday, head coach John Harbaugh said all the right things in regards to players keeping out of trouble before they return to training camp in July. With the players being off until late July, the Ravens organization from top to bottom certainly doesn’t want to find themselves in the news again for anything other than football related topics. Much ado has already been made by many outside the organization that thought perhaps Harbaugh had lost control of the locker room now that...

Daryl Smith Leading The Way

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Even though the Ravens season finished with a disappointing 8-8 record, there were a few players that stood out that could prompt one to say, “Imagine if we didn’t have him.” One such player is linebacker Daryl Smith. Smith arrived via free agency on a one-year deal in the 2013 offseason from the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent his first nine NFL seasons. As the 2013 season began, Smith, had all eyes on him from both fans and media alike. The veteran linebacker had big shoes to fill here in Baltimore as...

Ravens Sign Corners Ross and Franks

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The Baltimore Ravens signed cornerbacks Aaron Ross and Dominique Franks on Thursday. Both players confirmed signing on Twitter. Multiple members of the Ravens’ organization had expressed interest throughout the offseason in adding competition for the nickel corner job vacated by Corey Graham. They have done so by adding Ross and Franks. Ross and Franks were part of a group of six cornerbacks who worked out at Baltimore’s three-day mandatory minicamp this week. Ross will be 32 in September, but he is a former first-round pick who has been a starting...

Fit Suggs Hopes to Stay That Way

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OWINGS MILLS — Through eight games last year, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had nine sacks. He was consistently harassing the quarterback. He was also a presence in the run game. He was a legitimate candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Then he fell off. He still ended up being selected to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time, but he had just 20 tackles and one sack in the Ravens’ final eight games after recording 60 tackles and the nine sacks in the first eight. The...

What Mellette’s Release Means for WR Competition

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Once a perennial weak point of Baltimore’s roster, wide receiver has become one of the strong suits for the Ravens as 2014 training camp approaches. Unlike in recent years – particularly 2013, when there was plenty of uncertainty surrounding the position heading into the season – there is little worry that the Ravens will have at least an adequate receiver corps this season, if not one that can be a difference maker in some games. The group of receivers is far from complete, though, as the competition for roster spots...

Wagner Finding a Comfort Zone at Right Tackle

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For Rick Wagner, Wednesday was just another day at the office on the practice field vying for the starting right tackle position for a Ravens offensive line that struggled badly in 2013. When Michael Oher left Baltimore via free agency, many thought the Ravens would look to the draft for their vacant right tackle spot. However their draft board saw it differently showing that many inside The Castle have faith in the second-year player. Wagner, who saw action in all 16 games in 2013, including two starts as a tight end in...

CAMP BATTLE: Who Was Spiderman’s Villain?

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OWINGS MILLS – Not surprising that with temperatures in the 90’s on Wednesday, tempers flared during Ravens minicamp. In the preliminary scuffle, Ravens rookie tackle Tim Jernigan wrestled with rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore after the whistle blew. Both players ended up on the ground, and had to be separated. Then in the main event, wide receiver Steve Smith got into skirmish with cornerback Lardarius Webb. After making a catch, Smith was knocked to the ground by Webb and obviously did not appreciate being knocked down. They exchanged words, Smith...

MINICAMP NOTES: Things Get a Bit Chippy

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On Wednesday the Ravens battled through another scorcher at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills as they conducted their second practice of the their mandatory three-day minicamp. With the music pumping to simulate crowd noise, the Ravens turned in another solid day of practice on defense. The offense, however, had another rough day. Quarterback Joe Flacco was locked and loaded today and very accurate; however, his receivers struggled to hang onto the football. Jacoby Jones dropped a ball that hit him in the chest, and Marlon Brown dropped...
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