Camp Notes

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...

Notes from Ravens practice at Stevenson University

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The Ravens made their last stop of their training camp tour as they practiced at Stevenson University, just minutes away from their Owings Mills team headquarters. The practice was the third public appearance the Ravens have made during their preseason preparations but was not open for general admission due to limited space inside of the 3,500-seat facility. Roll Call Torrey Smith made his return after sitting out of Friday’s preseason home opener against the Detroit Lions. After the game, Coach John Harbaugh said that Vonta Leach and LaQuan Williams suffered...

CAMP NOTES: During No-Huddle Drills, Passes and Fists Were Thrown

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It only took three weeks but the Ravens finally had their first training camp fight. During the offseason, Ravens defensive end Art Jones uses mixed martial arts to prepare for the upcoming season. Jones trains in New Mexico with his brother, UFC Champion, Jon “Bones” Jones. The UFC Champ would be proud of his brother as Jones and rookie center Gino Gradkowski got mixed it up on the turf at the Under Armour Performance Center after a no-huddle drill. Gradkowski, who earlier in camp had a shoving match with Terrence...

Fists fly and Terrance Cody auditions for punt returner

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It only took almost a month but tempers finally flared enough today for the first fight at the Under Armour Performance Center – and it was a good one. After the fight, we posted a quick blog that you can read here for more details. Camp Notes: During No-Huddle Drills, fists thrown along with passes Here are some other, non-fight related, notes from Wednesday’s practice. Terrence Cody The Punt Returner? Practice was cut nearly 45 minutes short today, some of which may have been a result of the fight. To...

CAMP NOTES: From August 14

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As the Ravens begin to work on more in-depth plays and move away from individual drills, certain players are starting to stand out as potential practice squad or more frequently used players. Not many notable things happened today at practice but a few things are highlight worthy: No Huddle Offense For the past two practices, the Ravens offense has been working from the no-huddle for a decent portion of practice. With quarterback Joe Flacco’s development under center, he’s able to call out more plays from the line and adjust where...

CAMP NOTES: Ravens Practice at the Naval Academy

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For the first time in team history, the Ravens held an open training camp practice at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The blue stadium seats were filled with plenty of fans in purple today, as the announced attendance for the teams second and final, fully open public practice was 20,335. Roll Call Torrey Smith returned to practice after spraining his ankle on Thursday against the Falcons. Smith was in full uniform and ran during some individual exercises but was held out of any contact drills. Missing from practice...

Asa Jackson turning heads despite small stature

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Unlike most players in the NFL, if Ravens rookie cornerback Asa Jackson walked by you on the street, you’d have no idea he was a professional football player. Jackson is listed as 5’ 10,” 190 by the Ravens, but if there was a tape measure nearby, it would probably read differently. What Jackson lacks in prototypical height, he makes up for in athleticism. During the NFL combine, Jackson ran a sub 4.5-second 40-yard dash, had 19 reps on the 225-pound bench press and had a vertical leap of 34.5 inches. Throughout training camp, the...

Offensive line sports a new – but old – look

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Bryant McKinnie may have served his time with the second-team offensive line. McKinnie took over with the first offensive line as the team shifted players around to account for the loss of Bobbie Williams, who was given two days off by the team to reduce swelling in his ankle. The Ravens replaced Williams with second-round pick Kelechi Osemele, who had been working as the starting right tackle the past few weeks. Moving Osemele to guard gave the Ravens the option Michael Oher back to right tackle, which would give McKinnie...
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