Camp Notes

Camp Notes: July 27

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Down Goes Dennis The injury bug has bitten the Ravens early, and it hurts. Tight end Dennis Pitta has a dislocated hip and will miss the September 5th season opener versus the Denver Broncos according to head coach John Harbaugh following Saturday’s practice. Click to read more about Pitta’s injury Fists Start Flying – Juan Castillo is the referee Today was the first day of full contact at practice and tempers flared. The first scuffle of the day came between center A.Q. Shipley versus linebacker Albert McClellan. After a few...

Camp Notes: Friday, July 26th

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B-Mac dropped the Big Mac’s After being held out of practice yesterday due to weight concerns, left tackle Bryant McKinnie joined his teammates for the second full day of training camp. McKinnie had agreed when he re-signed with the Ravens to play lighter than his 2012 playing weight of 352 pounds. As you can see in the picture below, for a 6-8 athlete that doesn’t play in the NBA, McKinnie doesn’t look that bad. Secondary Standouts Ravens fans were pleasantly surprised with cornerback Corey Graham’s contributions last season in the...

Unnecessary Drama Over Bryant McKinnie

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The media and fans are piling on Bryant McKinnie as they assume he is piling on the pounds. But if you could, open your mind to another possibility. Let me start by reminding everyone that during OTA’s Bryant McKinnie was in much better shape than he was during Super Bowl XLVII. Now let’s assume that McKinnie’s new deal with the Ravens is tied to prescribed weight hurdles. That seems like a safe assumption, right? So if you accept this assumption then obviously McKinnie failed to achieve the first hurdle for...

Harbaugh: Simon “not an MLB type of guy”

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In March, plenty of questions surrounded the Ravens pass rush. Fast-forward almost five months, and on paper, the Ravens have arguably one of the best pass rushes in the NFL. After tearing his Achilles and biceps last year, Terrell Suggs has transformed not only his body, but his attidude. The 2011 Defensive Player of the year reported to camp more mature and “100 percent” physically, as he stated on Wednesday. The loss of Paul Kruger and his nine sacks during the regular season (15.5 total) was addressed when one of ...

During Camp it’s Hard to Hide Your Lying Eyes

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It was the first full day of training camp for the entire squad. Players are adjusting to their new teammates and in some cases their new roles. The coaching staff members, both new and old are doing the same. As an observer it’s often hard to tell who is playing well and who isn’t. There are just so many variables to consider and accurately gauge. First the players are in shirts and shorts. Without the threat of contact, can we get a true read? Then there’s the question of effort....

Camp Notes: July 25 – Jacoby “Got Game!”

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Day 1: First full practice as a team. Today, the Ravens took the field at the Under Armour Performance Center as a team for the first time of training camp. With fans in attendance and children wearing NFL Play 60 shirts, it has started to look and feel like football season again. Coach Harbaugh’s Thoughts: “We had a great day. I can’t say that we practiced great. We practiced about like you’d expect to practice the first day of training camp as a full team,” he said. “We’ve got a...

Terrell Suggs “honored” to accept leadership role

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Either Terrell Suggs’ shirts are too small or one of the Ravens’ defensive leaders has shed some serious weight in exchange for lean muscle. Suggs, along with other veterans, reported to training camp on Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center in anticipation of kicking off their first training camp practice as a team on Thursday afternoon. Donning an Orioles ball cap, a determined Suggs addressed the media. “You’ve never won a Super Bowl during training camp, but you’ve certainly lost them,” Suggs said in regards to his preparation. Last...

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...
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