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Analyzing The Schedules of AFC North Rivals

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Now that the schedule-makers have had their say, it’s time to break down the schedules of the Ravens’ AFC North rivals a little more closely. Among the most notable aspects of this year’s schedule is that the AFC North race could have a lot of clarity early, with the Ravens playing both games against Cincinnati and the Steelers and one against Cleveland before Week 9. Here are a few other key schedule highlights for each of the other AFC North teams: CINCINNATI BENGALS (Complete schedule): For the third time in...

Ravens Need a Fast Start Given 2014 Schedule

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For the third time in the last four regular seasons, the Ravens will open at home against an AFC North rival when the defending division champion Cincinnati Bengals head into town for a 1PM showdown on September 7. The Ravens will follow up the season home opener with another home game on September 11 against their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers during the very first CBS-TV/Thursday night game with broadcaster Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call. The Ravens will stay in their division for Game 3 in Cleveland, just the...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Cornerback

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With eight draft picks, the Baltimore Ravens enter May’s NFL draft with the ability to upgrade at positions in which they don’t necessarily need upgrades (after filling starter voids, of course). One position on the roster that isn’t in dire of need of help is cornerback, but that shouldn’t stop the Ravens from addressing the position. Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb solidified themselves as a potential top-tier duo last season; however, after those two, uncertainty looms. With full-time third cornerback Corey Graham now in Buffalo, it’ll be up to Chykie...

Draft Day Surprises

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You’ve heard it many times before that the NFL Draft is an inexact science and the industry that it has spawned and all its mock drafts are equally inexact. Each NFL team attempts to learn from previous mistakes, fighting the urge to pass on the best players available while reaching for need. And while the science is inexact, teams continually attempt to refine the process and make it even more scientific, more measurable so that their investments pay dividends. Besides the hours of scouting, interviewing and researching thousands of prospects...

Schedule-Gate

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One of my more embarrassing moments since starting Ravens24x7.com back in 2003 took place in April of 2005. But to fully comprehend the mess I created I must start with something that took place in April, 2004. Just before the NFL was set to release its 2004 schedule I received a call from a friend who had a friend with a friend who worked in the league offices in New York. The friend thrice removed was willing to share the Ravens schedule. “Do you want it?”, I was asked rhetorically...

Ravens’ Strength & Conditioning Programs Under Way

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photo: Baltimore Ravens Strength and conditioning is an important cog in the wheel of a football team’s performance. On Tuesday, Ravens Head Conditioning Coach Bob Rogucki stressed this when he met with the media about the team’s offseason workout program. “We are running two days a week as far as conditioning and we are doing skill work two days a week,” Rogucki announced. ”Our upper body days are Monday and Wednesday and lower body days are Tuesday and Thursday. We use Friday as a make up day.” Due to the NFL’s...

Kelechi Osemele Rehab Ahead of Schedule

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens left guard Kelechi Osemele continues to progress from the back surgery he underwent in November. In February, Ravens coach John Harbaugh described Osemele as being well ahead of schedule in his recovery. Then, in late March, Osemele posted a video on Instagram of him running with two tires attached to his waist by a strap. Now, he is taking part in the Ravens’ voluntary offseason workouts, which began Monday. “He’s coming along very well,” Baltimore strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki said. “He’s on track....

Ray Rice “Looks Great!”

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice had two primary goals coming into the offseason: Lose weight and also get healthy after dealing with a strained hip flexor for most of last season. Rice has been dealing with the aftermath of his February arrest. However, while waiting for the legal process to unfold, Rice continues to work toward back bouncing back from by far the worst statistical season of his six-year NFL career. Rice spent the early part of the offseason working out five days per week with...

Rolando McClain Makes The Right Choice

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So Rolando McClain is unleashing upon the world his inner Brett Favre while singing along to the chorus of The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go. Simple answer Rolando – GO! That said, let’s not start chastising McClain or Ozzie Newsome for the twice-failed comeback attempt. It was a worthy one and for all of the know-it-alls in the cyber world or on sports talk radio, take a moment and a step back to look at the man in the mirror. See any flaws? Let’s give McClain credit...

Rolando McClain Retires…AGAIN!

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Three days after the Baltimore Ravens activated him from the reserve-retired list, inside linebacker Rolando McClain has decided to once again retire from the NFL — this time for good. McClain was expected to report to Ravens team headquarters for the beginning of voluntary workouts Monday. Instead, the 24-year old has decided to walk away from football for good just four years after the Oakland Raiders selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. McClain told ESPN.com in a text, “I gotta follow my heart....

Monday’s Roundup: McClain Activated, Harbaugh Honored

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ROLANDO MCCLAIN ACTIVATED Last Thursday, the Ravens activated previously-retired linebacker Rolando McClain, despite McClain failing to inspire confidence at a workout held on Tuesday. McClain’s contract with the team is a one-year deal, and is only worth the veteran minimum of $700k. The money is also not guaranteed, so the move a shrewd way for the Ravens to see what McClain may have left. McClain is a former top-10 pick in the draft, selected at 8th overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2010. He is only 24 years old but...

Harbaugh joins “Cradle of Coaches”

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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh grew up in a football family. Surrounded by the game throughout his entire life, the name Harbaugh is synonymous with football at the University of Miami Ohio. On Saturday John Harbaugh and his family were on hand as the University unveiled his bronze statue at the Cradle of Coaches plaza on campus. “This Cradle is the greatest honor in coaching,” said Harbaugh, a former Miami defensive back, via the Baltimore Sun. ”You just think, man, these are the men that played and went to school...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Brandin Cooks

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As we reach the halfway mark in our NFL Draft profiles, we take a look at the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner (nation’s best receiver), Brandin Cooks. The consensus All-American made 226 career receptions at Oregon State for an average gain of 14.5 yards. Cooks has been blessed with incredible speed, but that’s not all he has to offer. He was as dynamic a playmaker as there was in college football last year and his game translates to the NFL, especially today’s NFL. Cooks should be available when the Ravens make...

Baltimore Mariners in Cruise Control For Home Opener

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The Baltimore Mariners improved their record to 2-0 Saturday night by defeating the visiting Atlanta Sharks (0-2) 65-18 in their home opener at the Baltimore Arena. In front of a cheering crowd including Ravens punter Sam Koch along with Towson University head football coach Rob Ambrose, the Mariners defense showed up early and often including notching two safeties in the first quarter alone. On the first play from scrimmage, Mariners defensive back Richard Johnson’s fumble recovery returned for a touchdown gave Baltimore a lead and they never looked back. Mariners...

Did The Mockers Get it Right For Ravens in 2013?

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The mock draft speculation has nearly reached fever pitch, but because this year’s draft has been moved to May, it will only continue for another couple of weeks. Are the Ravens going to take Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin? Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan? Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix? Does anyone really know? Let’s face it: Not really. We went back and checked out how some of the top national pundits fared with their final 2013 mock first-round draft pick for the Ravens. Of course, the Ravens were drafting at...

Ravens and 49ers Schedule Joint Practices

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The Ravens and 49ers will hold four combined practices in Maryland following their Thursday, Aug. 7 preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium. They will hold a light practice together at M&T the day after the game, followed by three joint sessions at the Ravens’ practice facility in Owings Mills from Aug. 9-11. It will give Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh a chance to spend more time together, while their teams compete against each other. Teammates often grow weary of facing each other during training camp and...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Safety

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While there are no sure things, seemingly the nearest to one leading up to May’s NFL draft one could say would be that the Baltimore Ravens will take a safety at some point. After using a first round pick on strong safety Matt Elam last year, the Ravens again head into the draft in the market for a starting safety, this time at free safety. Accentuating Baltimore’s need for a starter is the fact that the current depth at both safety positions on the roster is lacking, further fueling the...

Ravens Should Pass on Tight End in First Round

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When a player is taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, the goal is for that player to have an immediate impact. The first round is supposed to be the best of the best. If a team hits a home run, they have a player who can make significant contributions at a minimal cost for four years. If they whiff it can set them back, and force them to sign expensive free agents to fill the holes that disappointing first round picks leave in the team. There are...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Introducing Anita Marks

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Originally published on May 16, 2006   One week before she launches her new sports talk program coincidentally called The Anita Marks Show (funny how that happens), I sat down with Anita Marks to discuss her experiences playing football, growing up a fan of South Florida sports teams, why it is that she once graced the pages of Playboy and why she’s bringing her act north to The Land of Pleasant Living. TL: Anita, you are a native of South Florida, you’ve played for a women’s professional football team for...