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KNEE JERK REACTIONS: Ravens 23, Redskins 17

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“Welcome back D!!!” ~ Paul Lukoskie After a couple of disappointing ends to drives to start the game, the Ravens offense really clicked in the second quarter. Steve Smith and Joe Flacco seem to have developed some great chemistry this offseason. Smith’s passion is a welcomed sight, and is great for an offense that was missing that fire last year after the trade of Anquan Boldin. ~ Ryan Jones Overall…VERY physical preseason game…The Good…the Ravens defense showed up and attacked the line of scrimmage. Brandon Williams is developing into a...

The Turk Visits WNST…Again

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WNST at one time really had it going on. They were pioneers in the all-sports talk format in Baltimore. They were fans with access and they delivered fun and informative content tailored to the fans of Charm City. They groomed talent like no other station on the dial. Bob Haynie Jeremy Conn Rob Long Terry Ford Ken Weinman Casey Willet Other contributors included Bruce Cunningham, Aaron Wilson, Spiro Morekas, Allan McCallum, Mark Mussina, Mark Suchy, The Swami, Ray Bachman (who was fired shortly after being labeled the station’s MVP) –...

Ravens v. Redskins: 5 Things to Look For

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Tonight is game 3 of the preseason, often referred to as the Opening Day dress rehearsal. That’s a bit of an exaggeration. There’s little to no game planning, just many subplots as players either work to refine their game in preparation for the start of the regular season while avoiding injury or they are fighting for their careers. This is the reason why some journeymen players are often preseason stars and seldom suit up on Sundays – provided they make the team. That’s why the preseason is a lie. It’s...

RAVENS ROAD ALERT: Avoid The Traffic Mess Tonight

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Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens: Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.   I-95 is undergoing major road resurfacing, resulting in changing traffic patterns and split lanes. Please pay attention to the flashing traffic signs for the most up-to-date information, as the construction will impact travel time to M&T Bank Stadium. Please allow extra time to travel through the construction zones, consider using the alternate routes provided, and consider using public transportation (http://mta.maryland.gov) or Park and Ride services (http://www.ravensride.com). I-95 Northbound construction update and suggested alternate route – Beginning near the...

RAVENS LINKS: Why Flacco Is a Raven, Not Matt Ryan

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How Baltimore Ravens Drafted Joe Flacco Rather Than Trading Up For Matt Ryan ThePostGame.com excerpts part of Jamison Hensley’s Flying High: Stories Of The Baltimore Ravens detailing the process leading up to the pick of Flacco and why they picked him instead of Matt Ryan. LINK Forbes Ranks Ravens #5 Fanbase Forbes recently came out with a list of the top 10 fanbases in the NFL based off of the criteria of Hometown Crowd, TV Audience, Stadium Attendance, Social Media, and Merchandise. The only criteria that the Ravens ranked outside of the top...

Pierce Guides Browns’ West Off The Field

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While the Ravens and Browns may be bitter rivals in the AFC North on the football field, it appears as if that rivalry ends when the final whistle blows. In an article written by Tom Reed of the Northeast Ohio Media Group about former Towson and current Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West, Reed learned that West is being mentored by Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce. Reed’s article goes on to say that West apparently became involved in some sort of “Social Media Misadventure” where according to Deadspin, the...

Stock Up, Stock Down at Midway Point of Preseason

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So far through two preseason games, things have gone just about as expected for the Baltimore Ravens. It was known that the lack of quality of depth at cornerback would be painfully obvious, and it was expected that the offensive line and run game would look improved, among many other things. Within the story lines of each positional unit has been the stellar play of some individuals, and some concerning regressions and/or lack of growth for many others. At the midway point of the preseason, whose stock has gone up...

Who Makes the Cut? – Roster Projection 2.0

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Back at it again with another week of practice and preseason play, Dev Panchwagh and I have set our roster projection 2.0. Cut downs are looming after this Saturday’s game against Washington when the Ravens will trim their roster from 90 to 75 players beginning on August 26th. Roster Projection 2.0…   OFFENSE Quarterbacks (2) In: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor Practice squad: Keith Wenning NOTES: With his recent play, Wenning certainly  looks as if he will be headed to the Ravens practice squad for sure with the new 10 player maximum...

Jackson, Webb, Smith Will Not Play vs. Redskins

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Say what you will but the injuries or setbacks involving the Ravens cornerbacks certainly do raise an eyebrow as the NFL regular season inches closer everyday. While two out of the three corners are veterans and have valuable experience one can only get from suiting up year after year, season after season, there is still something to be said about live reps against opposing receivers. On Thursday head coach John Harbaugh announced Jimmy Smith (chest), Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) will all miss Saturday’s contest against Washington in...

Juan Castillo: Ravens Villain to Hero?

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It’s no secret that last season was an awful one for the Ravens offense, particularly the offensive line. Joe Flacco was under duress far too often and the rushing attack ran on empty and ended up as the NFL’s worst. Coming off a Super Bowl XLVII victory fans demanded answers, sought solutions and wondered why the Ravens changed anything at all, championing the credo, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Yet changes were ushered in and the uncommon denominators were Juan Castillo and Gino Gradkowski. The Ravens had little...

Ravens Look to Put Red Zone Woes in Rearview in ’14

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No team ever wants to commit the sin of “leaving points on the field.” In the NFL, all too often games are won or lost because of execution – or failure – to do one thing: score touchdowns when inside the opponent’s red zone. For a team that played an NFL-high nine games that were decided by three points or less (5-4 in those games), red zone inefficiencies were glaring. The Ravens left far too many points on the field in 2013, far too often settling for field goals from...

THE GRAPEVINE: Ravens Rumors and Hard Knocks Snoozers

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The Ravens host the Redskins in game 3 of the preseason, usually the contest during which the starters get their biggest workload. Afterwards John Harbaugh and his staff will be forced to cut down from 90 to 75 players. Following preseason game 4 the team must cut down to 53 players. That cut down is eased slightly by the recent expansion of the practice squad from 7 to 10 players. Three rookie receivers may be competing for 1 spot among the 53: Michael Campanaro, Kamar Aiken and Jeremy Butler. Deonte...

Flacco and Ravens Offense Still Need to Start Faster

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Last weeks preseason game against the Cowboys was a strange one for the Ravens starters. Despite a 27-10 halftime lead, fans were left with an uneasy feeling and major concerns regarding the defense. Matt Elam is still struggling to make the impact the Ravens envisioned when they drafted him in the first round last year. Elvis Dumervil was nowhere to be found, and CJ Mosley was active, but at times certainly provided us a reminder that he’s a rookie. While the struggles on defense are a legitimate reason for concern,...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Steelers’ Run Game Not So Scary

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Cincinnati Bengals Dalton puts on a show, looking season-ready If there was any doubt about Andy Dalton’s 2014 readiness, it was put to rest after what the “red-headed rifle” did a few nights ago against the New York Jets. While the Bengals dropped their second straight pre-season game 25-17, Dalton and his receivers put on a show. The starting offense scored on the first and only three drives Dalton was at the helm. His final line was 8/8, 144 yards and a TD. He was able to hit A.J Green...

FANTASY LINKS: Steve Smith’s Value

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What is Steve Smith’s Fantasy Value? “He was always made for this. Steve Smith’s hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners, “ice up, son” attitude always seemed custom-fit to the AFC North and its old school, kick-in-the-teeth atmosphere. However, Smith went to much warmer and more welcoming climates when selected in the third round of the NFL Draft 13 years ago. Since then, Smith has proven to be a reliable – and at times elite – talent for his Carolina Panthers, despite pre-draft concerns about his diminutive 5’9”, 185-pound frame. Yet, he never quite fit....

The Smith Who Could Have the Better Year

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Newly signed wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. has been the talk of the town both on the field and off since his arrival here in Baltimore during the offseason. While Smith Sr. may have stolen the headlines with his fiery and stellar play throughout training camp, it’s another Smith who is quietly going about his business as he has since the Ravens selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. Torrey Smith maintained a low profile throughout the offseason, working on his craft while looking forward to...

CAMP NOTES: Harbs Acknowledges Poor Tackling

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Head coach John Harbaugh spoke to the media on Monday afternoon in detail for the first time since Saturday’s 37-30 victory over the Cowboys in Dallas. Some points the Ravens troop leader commented on included:   Tackling Remains Issue The Ravens’ penchant to miss tackles and fail to wrap up after contact was on full display to all those that tuned in on Saturday evening. Fans also got a small sampling of the lack of depth at the safety and cornerback positions. On one play in particular, on 3rd-and-19, a...

So Far, So Good for Ravens’ Most Pressing Question

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Preseason is in full gear and teams around the league are trying to get questions about their teams answered. For the Ravens, the most paramount question centers on the run game. While many things will shape what becomes of the 2014 Ravens, how effectively they are able to run the football will overwhelmingly decide how much of a contender they are, and really…question #2 on the same list…isn’t close. While it’s no question the Ravens got better on the offensive side of the ball, they didn’t significantly improve separating from...

Griping About – & Understanding – the Ravens D

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I’ve read a lot of things lately about how the Ravens need to part ways with defensive veterans like Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, Lardarius Webb, and others.  The theory is that younger players are more hungry, more athletic, and do not cost as much.  I can understand that sentiment, but parting with key defensive starters (regardless of age and experience) is a bad way to build a defense. When it comes to the Ravens (and most teams) during the pre-season, there are a couple of things that I think fans...