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Highlights & Disappointments from Week 1 of Camp

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Training camp is a little under a week old and the Baltimore Ravens are progressing as expected. There have been highs and lows as there are each and every year, but for all the offseason issues facing a team that went 8-8 and missed the postseason for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh, things are going very well so far. The team is focused on making every rep count. Here is a look at some of those highs and lows:   Highlights Quarterback Joe Flacco has the offense...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Burning Bridges in Pittsburgh

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As we enter the heart of the training camp season, let’s dive into what’s going on around the AFC North in another edition of Behind Enemy Lines.   CLEVELAND BROWNS Austin due for a big year? The Browns did a lot right during the offseason, Johnny Manziel included. Despite the media circus and speculation frenzy, the offense as a whole appears to be headed in the right direction. One key piece of that fluid offensive game plan looks to be former Cowboy receiver Miles Austin. Austin has apparently showed big...

CAMP NOTES: Smith & Smith Cross Examine Defense

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The offense took the field intent on sharpening their skills in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s new system. It is easy to see that the Kubiak offense certainly is tight end friendly. Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels and Crockett Gillmore were used early and often during practice on Monday night. All three exhibited their pass catching skills along with their blocking ability during pass rush drills. Gillmore seemingly picked up where he left off on Sunday looking the part of a true run blocker. The Ravens running backs enjoyed a nice evening...

CAMP NOTES: McPhee Shines While Jackson Makes a Move

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On Monday evening, the Ravens took to the field at M&T Bank Stadium for their first of three open practices of training camp. Over 28,000 Ravens fans got their first look at the 90 players hoping to make the final cut prior to the season kicking off in September. In an even practice between the offense and defense several players stood out including another solid day for Pernell McPhee. The 6-3, 280 pound McPhee once again found himself in the Ravens offensive backfield on multiple occasions. Quick off the snap,...

RAVENS LINKS: Smith, Smith & Associates

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The Law Firm: Smith, Smith & Associates Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com reports Steve Smith Sr. is calling the receiving group “The Law Firm: Smith, Smith & Associates.” What do you think of the nickname? Vote at the poll! The All-Bad Contracts Team Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com puts together an all-bad contracts team. Guess who makes the list at QB. LINK Ravens work out cornerback, Baltimore native Brandon Driver Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports Brandon Driver, cousin of former Maryland basketball star, Juan Dixon, and graduate of Parkville High School,...

Jackson, Campanaro Stand Out In Sunday’s Practice

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With cornerback Chykie Brown out of action today with a hamstring injury, Asa Jackson got the call. The third-year player looked sharp in outside coverage. His quickness, smooth backpedal, and anticipation were all standout features of his play today. The fact that Jackson held up well when he played outside of the numbers is certainly encouraging, as he has been pegged as more of a slot corner during his time in the NFL, and has struggled at times. On one play in particular, Jackson came off of his deep coverage...

K.O. On the Go, While A.Q. Shipley Looks for Redemption

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The first day of practice in which the pads were on and the players were allowed to hit brought some must-see action to the forefront. The line play was at center stage, with Kelechi Osemele looking like a natural fit in Gary Kubiak’s zone scheme. I’ll admit, I had my doubts about K.O.’s ability to pull and get out and space, but he was putting on a clinic today. K.O. was particularly impressive on a screen pass to Ray Rice. K.O. did a great job of laying an initial hit...

Young Linebackers Impress as the Pads Go On

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The Ravens defense had some ups and downs on Saturday afternoon as the Ravens were in full pads for the first time this training camp. Cornerback Chykie Brown had a disappointing day in the Ravens defensive backfield, getting beat by wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Steve Smith Sr. Brown allowed receivers to get past him on multiple occasions on passes from both Joe Flacco and Tyrod Taylor. Time will tell if the ultimate third cornerback for the season is currently on the roster or not. Notes & Observations Rookie linebacker...

Offense Improves, but Pierce Leaves Practice Early

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On Saturday, the Ravens hit the practice field for their first padded practice of training camp under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The offense turned in a solid outing, looking faster, stronger and in sync which was a a huge improvement over Friday’s practice. Notes & Observations Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro turned in a nice day at practice making several catches including an impressive grab on the sideline from quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Running back Ray Rice looked impressive in pads during 11-on-11 drills....

Harry O Fought to The Final Whistle

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Harry O was a regular participant in “Letters 2 TL”. It’s that mailbag that brought us together. Harry made me feel relevant, like my opinion mattered and was somehow more important than his. It wasn’t… “Letters” connected us in the cyber world and eventually paved the way to a friendship in the real world. The first time I met Harry he was a custodian for Safe Management during Ravens training camp at McDaniel College. I was both flattered and humbled by his affinity for our work but that wasn’t the...

Unanswered Questions in Defensive Backfield

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The 2013 season for the Ravens has long been in the rear view for many Ravens fans, but especially for the players. For them, it is always better to look ahead to next season than dwell on the many things that contributed to an unsuccessful season the year before. For the coaching staff, however, it is different. They are tasked with finding out what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how it went wrong. These are all things that keep those football minds up late at night. For the...

Defense Deceives & Ngata Impresses

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One of the big criticisms of Dean Pees has been the lack of creativity and deception from the blitzes he orchestrates. In particular, the timing of the blitzing defenders has been an issue. In the past, they have declared their move too soon, enabling opposing quarterbacks to make an adjustment well before the snap. Today, the timing of the blitzes was picture perfect. So much so that blitzing linebackers were able to account for four uncontested QB hurries. The defenders did a great job of anticipating the snap, and the...

Few Bright Spots on Bad Day for Offense

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Just one day removed from stealing the show on the first day of training camp, Joe Flacco and the entire Ravens offense struggled during day two. Quarterback hurries, forced throws and dropped balls were a constant theme for the offense as they continue to install new coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. There were a few bright spots in a rough day but they were few and far between. Notes & Observations Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore had an up-and-down day, catching some difficult passes but struggling at times with blocking. Backup...

Defensive Redemption on Day 2 of Practice

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The Baltimore Ravens kicked off their second full team practice of training camp on Friday morning under sunny skies. After a rough morning yesterday during practice, the Ravens defensive side of the football stole the show on Friday. The efforts of the defense looked as if they were in mid-season form. Boisterous voices could be heard from the sidelines including head coach John Harbaugh, who loudly showed his disdain for the offense during 7-7 drills and 11-11 drills. More Notes & Observations Safety Matt Elam put in a nice day...

Ravens Sign Safety Will Hill

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After their secondary depth took a hit yesterday, when cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles tendon taking the conditioning test, the Ravens have added another former New York Giant free agent. Per several sources, including Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the team has added safety Will Hill. Ravens have signed safety Will Hill. — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) July 25, 2014 Hill, who went undrafted in 2011 out of the University of Florida, is currently serving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. In the past, he’s...

RAVENS LINKS: Important Preseason Dates

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VIDEO: Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on running back Ray Rice: ‘I stand behind Ray’ (0:33) Yahoo Sports put out this short 33 second video of John Harbaugh’s reaction to Ray Rice’s suspension and how the Ravens will move forward from it. LINK Important Ravens training camp/preseason dates Jason Butt of Baltimore Beatdown gives a complete list of the most important dates throughout training camp and the preseason. LINK After Disappointing Super Bowl Followup Season, Baltimore Ravens Tickets Down 2.7% On Secondary Market Forbes.com contributor, Jesse Lawrence, discusses secondary...

Final Word (I Think) on Ray Rice’s Suspension

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We received a lot of push back from Ravens and NFL Fans not happy about what they believe to be a light-handed suspension given to Ray Rice (2 games, $500,000+). Some followers were nasty after I posted the following Tweets: Ray Rice’s suspension announced…check; overreaction from everyone…check; time to move on…TBD. Time 2 focus upon the field #Ravens — Russell St. Report (@RussellStReport) July 25, 2014   Haters gonna hate. The overreaction is to Rice’s suspension. When has Goodell ever given anyone a break? Ever think that he has more...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Remembering “The Hot Sauce”

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This article was originally posted back in March 6, 2009 after Bart Scott signed with the New York Jets as an unrestricted free agent. This looks back upon my experiences with him as his co-host on The Hot Sauce. ********** When I started Ravens24x7.com back on July 3, 2003 I had no idea where it would go. Like most of you I was a diehard fan who couldn’t get enough new information, insight and opinion on the Baltimore Ravens. My objective back then was to deliver such content from the...

Ngata Feels Great As His Ninth Training Camp Begins

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If you have been paying attention to the Ravens offseason activities and minicamps, you are familiar with how many pundits are preaching about the team’s speed on defense. The players on said defense are certainly starting to take notice as well. Veteran nose tackle Haloti Ngata is one of many that is thoroughly impressed with the influx of young talent the Ravens now have on the defensive side of the football. “When I turn around and see these guys friggin’ sprinting to the ball, it’s just amazing,” Ngata stated when...

Cornerback Position Has a Rough Day

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The Ravens lack of depth at cornerback took another blow on Thursday as the team announced that Dominique Franks was unable to practice due to a failed conditioning test. To make matters worse free agent cornerback Aaron Ross suffered a torn Achilles while taking his conditioning test. Signed during the team’s minicamp, Franks and Ross were brought in to compete for the vacant nickel cornerback position in light of Corey Graham’s departure via free agency. Until Franks returns, it appears as if Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown are the clear...
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