Camp Notes

Camp Notes: Harbaugh takes Ravens on a field trip

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Early on Wednesday morning, the Ravens announced that their final practice for quarterbacks, rookies and injured players was cancelled for a team building exercise. The team packed into a bus and headed 41 miles north to historic Gettysburg, PA. Head Coach John Harbaugh is a history buff, often using historical references during his motivational speeches to his team and his press conferences throughout the season. The field trip was an attempt to inspire a group of predominatnly young players, and appears to have worked on at least one of the...

P.U.P. List For Dummies

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NFL teams’ intentions are too often misunderstood when they assign players to the Physically Unable to Perform (“PUP”) List. And the culprits are oftentimes the media outlets covering the teams. They may present Marshal Yanda’s appearance on the PUP List to elicit shock or surprise amongst the fan base leading to unnecessarily worrisome concerns with the ultimate goal of course being to sell more newspapers, entice more web traffic or achieve greater audiences on radio and TV. Then again it could simply be ignorance. To help clear up any misconceptions,...

Why NFL Players and Teams Consider Injury Settlements

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As the Ravens patiently wait to see if Jameel McClain will be medically cleared to return to the practice field, a potential injury settlement with the Ravens linebacker has to at least be in the back of Ozzie Newsome’s thoughts and perhaps the notion is working its way to the front of the GM’s cerebral cortex. To help explain why teams and players sometimes agree on such a settlement, I offer up this from our own Brian McFarland’s 24×7 NFL Glossary. ~ Tony Lombardi   Injury Settlement – In the...

Training Camp Day 1

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The dog days of summer are upon us and football season is back as training camp officially began on Tuesday. For the first two days of camp (Tuesday and Wednesday) rookies, quarterbacks and injured players were required to be present as the team worked out in shells during the first day of practice. Along with a few questionable absences of lower tier players, there were some other noteworthy participants in attendance. Lardarius Webb Rehabbing his second torn ACL in four seasons, cornerback Lardarius Webb was more than just a spectator...

Kyle Juszczyk: Browns fan turned Raven

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When the Ravens drafted fullback Kyle Juszczyk out of Harvard in the fourth round (130th overall), life came full circle for a man who has always been surrounded by football. “Everywhere in Ohio, football is a way of life,” Juszczyk said when speaking of his hometown, Medina, which is 45 minutes from both Cleveland and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Friday nights, everyone is going to high school games. Saturday, everyone is watching the [Ohio State] Buckeyes, but where I’m at, everyone’s watching the Browns.” “So obviously, that made...

THE GRAPEVINE: Random Thoughts As Training Camp Approaches

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Jonathan Ogden will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Ogden as you know is the original Raven and we should all be proud that he will be the first inductee from our championship franchise. Perhaps like many of you, I was on the fence about the Ravens’ choice of Ogden prior to the 1996 NFL Draft hoping instead Ozzie Newsome would select RB Lawrence Phillips from Nebraska. But then as the draft approached the thought of having a premier bookend at left...

ERIC DECOSTA: “Joe is primed for a big year”

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As the first full squad practice of the Baltimore Ravens 2013 training camp draws closer, Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta discusses among other things the offseason changes, Vonta Leach and the experience of being a Super Bowl XLVII Champion. Tony Lombardi: Last season the offensive line seemed to put it together when Bryant McKinnie was moved to LT and KO to LG. This season the Ravens will look to Gino Gradkowski to accept the reins from Matt Birk. What do you expect from Gino and could AQ Shipley push him...

ERIC DECOSTA: “We knew we had to change the menu this year”

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The Baltimore Ravens will officially kickoff the start of their 2013 season when training camp commences this Thursday. Since the team last took the field, much has changed. To help us take a look back at the championship season that was, provide insight into the rationale behind the changes that were made and take a look ahead I reached out to the Ravens’ Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta. Here’s Part I of a two-part interview: Tony Lombardi: You are coming off the franchise’s second Super Bowl title within a span...

EMBRACE THE GRIND: The Ravens Prepare to Defend Their Title

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Winning a championship in any sport on any level isn’t easy. It’s the byproduct of hard work, preparation, determination, perseverance and talent. And in the NFL it’s also about being at the right place at the right time. In 2012 it could be argued that the Baltimore Ravens weren’t the league’s most talented team. Many have said that the 2011 squad was better than the most recent Super Bowl Champions. But last year’s team, like many champions before them, caught fire at just the right time and rode the wave...

Ravens First Round Pick Elam Agrees to Terms

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The Baltimore Ravens and 2013 first-round draft choice S Matt Elam have agreed in principle to a four-year deal (which includes a fifth-year option), general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Thursday morning. Elam is expected to sign the contract when he reports for training camp on July 21. Elam, who was selected 32nd overall by the Ravens, is a 5-10, 210-pounder from the University of Florida. He played in 39 career games for the Gators, starting his final 26 contests at strong safety. Elam recorded 176 tackles...

Projecting the Ravens 53-Man Roster (Version 1.0)

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The Baltimore Ravens will convene in just a few days as they begin their defense of their title as World Champions. As we are all aware, Ozzie Newsome & Company boldly dismantled the team’s defense, an unusual tactic for a champion yet warranted nonetheless. The team sought to get younger and faster and on paper they have succeeded. But now it’s time to move our attention away from paper and towards the field and in doing so, here’s an early projection (and we’ll update along the way) on who will...

For Some Training Camp Represents a Field of Dreams

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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, 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 again until dusk. The...

Is it Too Soon to Label Jameel McClain a Starter?

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If you take the Ravens coaching staff words at face value, once he is cleared to play Jameel McClain will be one of the team’s starting inside linebackers. The job has been labeled, “Jameel’s to lose.” Coaches sing McClain’s praises as a player who does the little things; a player who is smart and one who provides leadership. And if the coaches are sincere, McClain will likely be a team captain and call the defensive signals as Dean Pees’ “Green Dotsman.” Without question McClain is a good man, involved in...

We want to hear from YOU!

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Training camp is rapidly approaching, which means football season is almost back! Here at Russell Street Report, we’re a fan site created BY Ravens fans, FOR Ravens fans. Instead of forcing news and random topics down your throats, we want to cover the things that you care about even if that means giving Ravens fans control sometimes. As we prepare for camp, we’ll be making requests for one-on-one interviews to get to learn a little more about the players (particularly the newcomers) and find out the things that YOU want...

The Loss of Anquan Boldin is Overblown

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Most fans and many NFL analysts have given the Ravens’ front office accolades for how adeptly they’ve transformed the team’s roster. The questions that surface are generally about the veteran leadership that escaped with the departure of Ed Reed and the retirement of Ray Lewis. Time will tell just how important or overstated that is. However one criticism of the offseason that almost always seems to surface is the Ravens decision to trade Anquan Boldin – particularly from fans who view the new 49ers receiver as Joe Flacco’s lost go-to-guy....

Ravens Prep for Year 2 of Training Camp Away from McDaniel

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Towards the end of 2011 we learned that the Ravens would not host their training camp at McDaniel College beginning in 2012. We wondered if the decision was a temporary move by the team or would training camp anywhere outside of the team’s headquarters in Owings Mills permanently be a thing of the past. Today it’s safe to say that those summer gatherings of 8-10,000 in Westminster are nothing more than sweet memories. The Friday night intra-squad game, a Westminster tradition – gone! When the club announced their intentions to...

OTA NOTES: Flacco Spotted and the WR Games Begin

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The Ravens practiced in their shorts and shells yesterday in conditions very similar to those they will be forced to endure when training camp begins in late July. This group of OTA’s is not mandatory and as expected, several players were not in attendance including: Terrell Suggs; Haloti Ngata; Marshal Yanda; Vonta Leach; Bernard Pierce; Marcus Spears; Chris Canty; James Ihedigbo (who did get on the bus bound for the Beach Bash along with teammates Omar Brown, Chykie Brown, Adrian Hamilton and Deonte Thompson); Chris Johnson; Antoine McClain. Many will...

Ravens Get Down to Final 53 Man Roster

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RELEASED Defense: DE Terrence Moore; DT Ishmaa’ily Kitchen; DT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste; LB Nigel Carr; LB Chavis Williams; LB Josh Bynes; S Omar Brown; S Chyl Quarles Offense: QB Curtis Painter; RB Anthony Allen; WR Dorian Graham; WR Logan Payne; T Jack Cornell; T Cord Howard; G Antoine McClain; G Tony Wragge TO INJURED RESERVE Defense: LB Ricky Brown (Head) Offense: RB Damien Berry (neck/shoulder); TE Matt Balasavage (ankle); G Justin Boren (foot); TE Bruce Figgins (shoulder); WR Tommy Streeter (foot)

Take 1: Projecting the Baltimore Ravens Final 53

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This preseason features unchartered waters for NFL coaches and scouts. As a result of the new CBA which places strict limits on the amount of contact that takes place in training camp, team talent evaluators are more challenged than ever before to pick the final 53 players – and get it right! Perhaps more than in years past, players will fall victim to “The Turk” and into the waiting arms of a new employer. In some cases that new team might not realize the gem that comes out in the...

LEEEEACH finds paydirt, Jacoby’s slippery hands keep showing up, and only one kicker is good from 60+

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As the Ravens prepare for their biggest dress rehearsal of  the season, most of the second and lower units received increased repetitions during practice. With starters expected to play into the second half Thursday against Jacksonville, Coach Harbaugh seems to be using practice to get good looks at the deeper end of the depth chart. Roll Call The Ravens continue to be in good health – of the 90 players on the roster, only eight were missing at today’s practice. While Sean Considine and Sergio Kindle again donned red non-contact...