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Can Former Kubiak Pupil Forsett Help Ravens?

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It appears that tight end Owen Daniels could have been the first of many former Gary Kubiak pupils that the coach brings with him to his new team. After adding Daniels – someone who figures to be a valuable complementary piece in the offense next season – the Ravens added another Houston Texans member later that same day, as they signed journeyman running back Justin Forsett. The signing didn’t make many headlines, as the team added the 28-year old on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal after an injury-plagued 2013 season in...

Harbowl III?

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you now know that the Ravens preseason schedule has been release, details of which you can find here. A couple of things jump off the page upon first glance at the schedule.   Harbowl III ~ The Ravens host the San Francisco 49ers to open their preseason schedule on August 7. The travel distance seems a bit extreme. It isn’t often that teams travel across the continent for a preseason game. Maybe the Harbaughs are hosting a family reunion in John’s new home?...

Happy Anniversary, Steve Bisciotti

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of when the NFL approved Steve Bisciotti’s purchase of the Baltimore Ravens. A lot has happened since April 9, 2004, but Bisciotti’s involvement, as renowned author John Feinstein points out, began long before that. In his book entitled Next Man Up, Feinstein chronicles the Ravens’ 2004 season. During the introduction, Feinstein talked about Bisciotti being his first Ravens contact. Feinstein wrote, “Bisciotti is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met.” In the book’s second chapter, Feinstein gives the account of how the transfer...

Ravens 2014 Preseason Schedule

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The Baltimore Ravens announced their preseason schedule Wednesday afternoon, with the slate featuring homes games against the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins. Baltimore will also play at the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. In their preseason opener, the Ravens will host the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 7. The following week, the Ravens travel to Dallas for their second preseason matchup (date to be determined). Both contests mark the first time the Ravens have faced either team during preseason play. In the third week (date to be...

Could Cam Cameron Sway Ravens on Draft Day?

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LSU draft prospect Zach Mettenberger already has an indirect connection to the Ravens. His offensive coordinator at LSU was Cam Cameron, the Ravens’ former offensive coordinator. Scheduled to throw at LSU’s pro day Wednesday, Mettenberger said working with Cameron gave him a jump on some other quarterbacks in the draft. “He taught me how to approach the game like an NFL veteran when I was a senior in college, Mettenberger said during his combine press conference. “I was up at the facility at eight o’clock every morning studying film. I...

Ravens Hoping to “Move Those Chains!”

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As the offseason began to unfold the Ravens front office made it clear that they wanted a “move-the-chains” type of receiver. Those sentiments were echoed by a few players. “That’s probably someone that we need on a consistent basis,” Torrey Smith stated in an interview with the teams’ website in February. “Another weapon like that is just another person that Joe [Flacco] can rely on.” In 2013, the Ravens logged 295 total first downs. Of those 295 first downs, 189 came on pass plays. Smith led the Ravens with 49...

Former Raven Heads South on Parkway

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Former Baltimore Ravens Christian Thompson will work out for the Washington Redskins Wednesday, according to a source. Thompson was a fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2012, but he was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and has been out of football since the Ravens released him in October. Thompson, 23, played in college at Auburn and South Carolina State. He was an all-conference selection as a senior at South Carolina State in 2011. And at 6-foot, 211 pounds, Thompson ran the...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Wide Receiver

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Once considered the most glaring need on the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, the wide receiver position now has some flexibility as the team heads into next month’s NFL draft. After signing Steve Smith and re-upping Jacoby Jones, the team currently has a quality four-deep group of Smith, Jones, Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown. 2013 draft pick Aaron Mellette also figures to come into play for a roster spot next season. That doesn’t take the Ravens out of the running for a wide receiver in the draft, and quite frankly,...

Birdland Suffers a Big Loss

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One year ago Matt Hersl, a devout fan of the Baltimore Orioles and community activist was tragically taken from us following a senseless, careless and reckless accident. Today we once again take a moment to remember Matt. Here is his story. ~ Tony Lombardi   There’s purity to the game of baseball that no other sport can match. Its history and the indelible mark it has left upon our nation’s landscape has no peer. The legendary names, folklore, the metaphors and the history, they lure you in and take you...

Ravens Avoid The Need to Reach

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The Ravens guiding principles from a free agency and draft perspective have always served them well. As Ravens fans we’ve heard them over and over.  “Right player, right price” is one. The Ravens don’t overpay unrestricted free agents. Whether it’s their own players hitting the market or identifying players from other teams that fill a need, they rarely get in bidding wars.  The result often means productive players leaving town to cash in, or losing out on big names in free agency. It can frustrate and disappoint fans, but more...

Ask the Cap Guru: Rule of 51, Incentives, and More

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This will be the first in a periodic series of Q&A segments with our Salary Cap expert. If you have a question for Brian, submit it in the comments below, and he’ll either answer there or in a future Q&A column.  What is the “Rule of 51” that I keep hearing about and what is its effect on the Salary Cap? During the offseason, teams are allowed to carry up to 90 players on their rosters.  Obviously, it would be impossible for teams to fit all 90 players under the...

Ravens Enthusiastic About Offensive Additions

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OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens’ primary objective entering this offseason was to improve on offense after ranking fourth-worst in the NFL in total offense last season. Three months since their season ended, they feel like they have done that. At their season-review news conference in early January, Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti said that the front office planned to look at the offense with the same fine-toothed comb that it looked at the defense with last offseason. And three months later, the offense has been revamped similarly to how the...

Monday’s Roundup: Daniels, McClain, Forsett, & Cody

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DANIELS AGREES TO DEAL WITH RAVENS The Ravens are clearly committed to strengthening the supporting cast around quarterback Joe Flacco this season, after watching the offense struggle in 2013. The upgrading continued when the team announced last Thursday that they had agreed to a one-year deal with former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels. Daniels has spent all eight seasons of his career with the Houston Texans, where he most recently played under former Texans head coach, and current Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Daniels is 31, and on the...

Ravens Have “Big Plans” for Owen Daniels

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens tight ends coach Brian Pariani was apparently excited enough that the Ravens had come to terms with Owen Daniels that he let out a mild roar when he first heard Baltimore had agreed to terms with Daniels Thursday afternoon. That’s at least how it was described to Daniels Friday by different members of the Ravens’ organization. Pariani had been pushing for Daniels to sign with Baltimore ever since Daniels was released by the Houston Texans March 11. Pariani was Daniels’ tight ends coach during his...

Ravens Working to Put ’13 O-Woes Behind Them

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Success is never guaranteed in the NFL. Coaches can scheme and scheme but unless the players are put into a position to produce,  have a proper understanding of those schemes, and have the skill to execute perfectly, it’s all for naught. Transitioning an offense is never an easy task. The Ravens have dabbled in developing into more of a zone-blocking system over the past few years, yet lacked the proper player personnel and coaching staff to do so. 2014 should be different. In fact it has to be different. The...

DRAFT PROSPECTS: Offensive Tackles Round 2

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As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Click Here for Interior O-Line Prospect Analysis Click Here for Wide Receiver Prospect Analysis Click Here for Free Safety Prospects Click Here for Round 1 Tackle Prospects If the Ravens decide to go...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Quarterback

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The Russell Street Report NFL Draft position preview series continues along, this time focusing on the crop of quarterbacks. Click here for Running Backs Click here for Tight Ends Though perhaps not considered a draft possibility for the Baltimore Ravens until recently, now it appears the organization may use one of its eight picks to upgrade the backup quarterback situation, after three underwhelming years from Tyrod Taylor. Head coach John Harbaugh hasn’t deflected the idea, and has acknowledged the need for competition for Taylor, and the former Hokie knows it....

Ravens Re-Sign Terrence Cody

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The Ravens wrapped up their Friday with the announcement that the organization re-signed unrestricted free agent Terrence Cody to a one-year deal. In what could be strictly called a “depth” move for a Ravens, Cody will have a chance to show team officials they made the right choice in bringing back the former Alabama player. The Ravens selected Cody in the second round of the 2010 draft with the consensus that he would have a direct impact on their defensive line. Four years later they are still waiting and if...

Ravens Sign Running Back Justin Forsett

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Friday proved to be a busy day for the Ravens as in addition to officially announcing the acquisition of Owen Daniels, the team also announced the signing of running back Justin Forsett. As a journeyman running back, Forsett has played for four different teams – Seattle (2008-11), Indianapolis (2008), Houston (2012) and Jacksonville (2013) – in his six year NFL career prior to signing with the Ravens today. “I guess I have a chip on my shoulder the size of Texas that I wanna get of,” replied Forsett when asked...

Ravens Make Daniels Signing Official

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The Baltimore Ravens officially announced the signing of Owen Daniels on Friday afternoon after the veteran tight end passed his physical. “I have a ton of respect for the organization and the players here,” Daniels stated as one of the reasons Baltimore was the right choice for him. “The Ravens and Texans have had so many battles over the years and back and forth with it and I have been on the wrong side of it here in Baltimore and knowing what the organization is all about, was a big...