Camp Notes

Who’s In?: Final 53-Man Roster Projection

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The Ravens wrapped up their preseason with a perfect 4-0 record by defeating the Saints 22-13 on Thursday night. More importantly than the win in the preseason finale were the players who were fighting for their spot on the coveted Ravens 53-man roster. Some players did exactly that while others failed to rise to the challenge. Find out who makes the final cut as Dev Panchwagh and I predict the Ravens final 53-man roster. OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: No changes to this...

Campanaro Set For Preseason Finale in NOLA

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For three years in high school, Ravens rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro dazzled on the football field under the Friday Night Lights at River Hill High School in a quiet section of Clarksville, Maryland. Campanaro, the three year varsity starter registered over 6,500 yards and 90 touchdowns including eight kick returns for touchdowns during his tenure at River Hill. After a successful high school career, Campanaro took his big play making abilities to Wake Forest University where he finished his Demon Deacon career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions...

Is the Writing on the Wall for Deonte Thompson?

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“The Turk” will make an unwelcome appearance to several Ravens this week (Tuesday at the latest) as the team will reduce its roster from 90 players down to 75. There will be the obvious cuts involving players you have to Google to even know who they are or where they came from, but several that you’ve heard of – bubble players who failed to seize their opportunity – are also likely to be cut. One such player that could fall into the latter category is wide receiver Deonte Thompson. Thompson,...

Who Makes the Cut? – Roster Projection 3.0

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The Ravens wrapped up their third preseason game of 2014 on Saturday evening against Washington with a 23-17 victory. With the first round of roster cuts set to take place on August 26th,  Dev Panchwagh and I have set our roster projection 3.0. Roster Projection 3.0 OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: Wenning’s lack of play thus far in preseason has been a little mind boggling. The Ball State product looked as if he would be headed to the practice squad. Is there any...

Stock Up, Stock Down at Midway Point of Preseason

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So far through two preseason games, things have gone just about as expected for the Baltimore Ravens. It was known that the lack of quality of depth at cornerback would be painfully obvious, and it was expected that the offensive line and run game would look improved, among many other things. Within the story lines of each positional unit has been the stellar play of some individuals, and some concerning regressions and/or lack of growth for many others. At the midway point of the preseason, whose stock has gone up...

Who Makes the Cut? – Roster Projection 2.0

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Back at it again with another week of practice and preseason play, Dev Panchwagh and I have set our roster projection 2.0. Cut downs are looming after this Saturday’s game against Washington when the Ravens will trim their roster from 90 to 75 players beginning on August 26th. Roster Projection 2.0…   OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: With his recent play, Wenning certainly  looks as if he will be headed to the Ravens practice squad for sure with the new 10 player maximum...

Jackson, Webb, Smith Will Not Play vs. Redskins

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Say what you will but the injuries or setbacks involving the Ravens cornerbacks certainly do raise an eyebrow as the NFL regular season inches closer everyday. While two out of the three corners are veterans and have valuable experience one can only get from suiting up year after year, season after season, there is still something to be said about live reps against opposing receivers. On Thursday head coach John Harbaugh announced Jimmy Smith (chest), Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) will all miss Saturday’s contest against Washington in...

Ravens Look to Put Red Zone Woes in Rearview in ’14

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No team ever wants to commit the sin of “leaving points on the field.” In the NFL, all too often games are won or lost because of execution – or failure – to do one thing: score touchdowns when inside the opponent’s red zone. For a team that played an NFL-high nine games that were decided by three points or less (5-4 in those games), red zone inefficiencies were glaring. The Ravens left far too many points on the field in 2013, far too often settling for field goals from...

The Smith Who Could Have the Better Year

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Newly signed wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. has been the talk of the town both on the field and off since his arrival here in Baltimore during the offseason. While Smith Sr. may have stolen the headlines with his fiery and stellar play throughout training camp, it’s another Smith who is quietly going about his business as he has since the Ravens selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. Torrey Smith maintained a low profile throughout the offseason, working on his craft while looking forward to...

CAMP NOTES: Harbs Acknowledges Poor Tackling

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Head coach John Harbaugh spoke to the media on Monday afternoon in detail for the first time since Saturday’s 37-30 victory over the Cowboys in Dallas. Some points the Ravens troop leader commented on included:   Tackling Remains Issue The Ravens’ penchant to miss tackles and fail to wrap up after contact was on full display to all those that tuned in on Saturday evening. Fans also got a small sampling of the lack of depth at the safety and cornerback positions. On one play in particular, on 3rd-and-19, a...

CAMP NOTES: The Final Countdown

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As training camp officially concluded on a largely tepid practice day, several answers emerged that weren’t present at the start of training camp. We now know who is unequivocally manning the starting right tackle position going forward (Ricky Wagner). We know how the new-look, Gary Kubiak offense fits the present offensive personnel. And we have a good idea of which rookies are leaving their mark and what their roles should be going forward. Here is a breakdown of four noteworthy items that consistently stuck out throughout three weeks of training...

CAMP NOTES: McPhee Revs up Motor on a Slow Day at Camp

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As the Ravens held their final practice before breaking camp, the defense seems primed and anxious to take the field on Saturday night in Dallas against the Cowboys. Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee never seems to slow down. Whether it’s during individual positional drills or 11 on 11 drills, the four-year veteran is going full throttle. Even with the slow paced practice that took place on Thursday, McPhee could be seen flying around from drill to drill and busting through the third team offense’s line even in shells. The former fifth-round...

CAMP NOTES: Flacco Strong as Camp Winds Down

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In just shorts and shells today, the Baltimore Ravens wrapped up their last practice before breaking camp on Friday under cool conditions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Thursday’s practice had more a walk-through type feel as both the offense and defense were split for much of the afternoon. The first and second team offense took on the third team defense, while the third team offense spent their reps facing the first and second team defenses. With starters expected to play the first quarter and some new...

CAMP NOTES: Just Give Me The Damn Ball

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The battle for the fifth and sixth receiver spots is still not a done deal. Not by a long shot. Despite all of the momentum that Kamar Aiken has gained (especially following a strong preseason debut), he is still getting a stiff challenge from receivers Jeremy Butler and Deonte Thompson. And then there is rookie Michael Campanaro, who is definitely making the team – but where he stacks up in the pecking order is still a question. Here’s a deeper look at how these four receivers performed: Kamar Aiken: Let’s...

CAMP NOTES: Jernigan Stands Out

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The Baltimore Ravens kicked off the third week of training camp under sunny conditions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Wednesday morning. Dressed in shells and shorts, the Ravens defense saw a lot of action in seven on seven and 11 on 11 drills for much of the afternoon. The injury bug again took a bite out of the defensive front of the Ravens last week causing many to be concerned with depth issues at was once thought to be their deepest position. Dont panic! Rookie...

CAMP NOTES: Campanaro, Smith Put on Pass Catching Clinic

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The Ravens took the field in shorts and shells today, where receivers Steve Smith Sr. and rookie Michael Campanaro put on a show. It was perhaps their best performance of training camp thus far as the team prepares for their second preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. Smith Sr. had a field day with the Ravens’ first string secondary, making catch after catch out of his ridiculously crisp routes all afternoon. The veteran wideout found the soft spots in the defense and made the secondary pay on multiple...

Ravens 53-man Roster Forecast 1.0

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With two weeks of training camp firmly in the books along with the Ravens first preseason game of the year, Dev Panchwagh and I are putting on our General Manager and head coaching hats as we forecast the Ravens 53-man roster. The next few weeks will prove to be pivotal for as many as 40 players unless they do something between now and August 26 when the team will make their first cuts.   OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice Squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: While the Ravens...

CAMP NOTES: 49ers Offense vs. Ravens Defense

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The last day of practice between the Ravens and the 49ers was a lightly contested affair, as the teams worked out in shells and shorts. In the case of Steve Smith, he opted for sweatpants. Still, there was enough action to gauge the individual matchups between the two teams. Here are some of the biggest impressions from the battles that took place between the Baltimore defense and the San Francisco offense: • Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a cannon for an arm and can fit throws into spots where the defense...

CAMP NOTES: Kaepernick praises Flacco, Suggs

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“Iron sharpens iron” has been the phrase of the last three days as the Ravens hosted the 49ers for their first ever joint practice in the organization’s history. Each team embraced the same goal — to get better! “You could never replicate … I feel like we had a week-plus worth of work in, and it’s not just because of the tempo or the attention to detail, which is part of it. It’s the fact that you see schemes that you’re not going to see,” head coach John Harbaugh stated...

CAMP NOTES: Smith Lets His Play, Not Fists do The Talking

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The Ravens offense ended their three day joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers on a good note keeping the heavily vaunted 49ers defense guessing, a feat not cheapened by the fact that both teams were in shorts and shells. Gary Kubiak’s heavy utilization of the tight end position was on full display throughout practice as Owen Daniels, Crockett Gillmore and Phillip Supernaw were all on the receiving end of multiple passes from all three Ravens quarterbacks. Fan favorite Dennis Pitta (ankle) returned to practice after sitting out on Sunday...