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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Draft History Round 5

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Last week, we touched down on Round 4 of the Ravens draft history. This week we’ll focus on Round 5 where the Ravens clearly found some value. 1996 (153) Jermaine Lewis, WR, Maryland The first 5th round draft pick in team history was a local one as the front office decided to take a chance on a home-grown receiver. Lewis, a track-and-field star, established himself as one of the league’s best kick-returners. While he did have an impact in the Ravens air-attack, he mainly stood out as an ace in the return-game. The multi-purpose...

MEDIA WATCHDOG: Blogger Seeks $400K

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Hunter filling in admirably for Manfra on WBAL If you’ve been listening to the O’s on 1090 AM WBAL (or trying to through the static) you’ve probably noticed that veteran broadcaster Fred Manfra has been missing from the booth. Manfra underwent hip replacement surgery last week and is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks. O’s Xtra host Jim Hunter has filled in for Manfra on the radio broadcasts with Joe Angel. Aside from his love for all things New Jersey, I’ve enjoyed Hunter’s commentary and think it sounds...

Ravens Reinstate Rolando

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The Baltimore Ravens have reinstated inside linebacker Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list, three days after McClain worked out for Ravens officials at team headquarters in Owings Mills. The workout did not go well, according to a source. McClain struggled during position drills and failed to finish a conditioning test. However, it appears Baltimore will give the former top-10 pick a chance to compete for a roster spot. The Ravens signed McClain last April after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, but McClain retired a month later after he...

Smith Will be a Raven Through 2015

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Jimmy Smith is a cornerback in vogue in today’s NFL – tall (6-foot-2) and physical, able to match up with receivers of any size. There was never a doubt the Ravens would pick up his fifth-year contract option by the May 3 deadline reported first by RSR on January 3. The Ravens did exactly that recently, according to multiple reports, and confirmed by a league source to CSN Baltimore. Smith is now signed through 2015, and the Ravens hope to work out a long-term deal that will keep Smith in...

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Edwin Mulitalo

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For this week’s “Where Are They Now,” I caught up with former Raven guard Edwin Mulitalo. Mulitalo was selected by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL draft, and played ten years for the purple and black before finishing out his career with the Detroit Lions. A Baltimore fan-favorite both on the field and off, Edwin was a integral part of  of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV team.   Brian Bower: Do you still follow the Ravens in your free time or have you moved on? Edwin Mulitalo: (Laughter)...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Interior Offensive Line

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With the 2014 NFL draft just a few weeks away, the interior offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens has gone from a glaring question mark to one of the most solidified units on the roster. Assuming Kelechi Osemele is healthy and returns to left guard next season, the starting interior line of Osemele, center Jeremy Zuttah and right guard Marshal Yanda is set. That leaves the Ravens with only a need to add depth to the interior, as opposed to finding a year-one starter. Right now, the depth includes centers...

Roger Greedell Caught in a Lie

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Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock somewhere you know that the NFL moved its draft back to May 8-10. For years the draft was held in late April and for the past few it’s been scheduled for the last Thursday in April, concluding on the last Saturday. In 2013 Roger Goodell, who is about as sincere as Lindsay Lohan is to her NA sponsor, said the change was needed in 2014 because the league’s draft venue of choice, Radio City Music Hall, was hosting an Easter show during the...

NFL Could Release 2014 Schedule on Tuesday

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According to multiple sources the 2014 NFL Schedule could be released as early as Tuesday April 22 but as late as Thursday April 24. This would mark the latest date in a given calendar year that the league has released the annually much anticipated slate of games. There’s little doubt that the league is pouring over statistics and consulting with sponsors of the schedule release program to be broadcast on NFL Network, to maximize the potential earnings. Perhaps that is the reason for releasing the “potential” dates today. It also...

New Deal Ngata Happening…Yet

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Photo courtesy of ShawnHubbardPhoto.com   Perhaps one of the more understated needs of the Baltimore Ravens as they prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft is the position of defensive tackle. The team as expected, lost Arthur Jones to free agency and now they’ll need to distribute his reps to others currently on the roster and perhaps a few who aren’t among the potential 53 – yet! The obvious choices for more playing time are Brandon Williams and DeAngelo Tyson. Both are capable and as we’ve seen in the past, defensive...

Ravens Should Give McClain Another Shot

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So Rolando McClain showed up late for a workout in front of Ravens’ officials yesterday and then promptly failed his conditioning test. Same old Rolando? Maybe, maybe not. It’s easy to assume that the guy is still a mess given his track record but should we, and more importantly the Ravens rush to judgment? Some may argue that the guy is fighting to save his career and that he should have been in great shape and passed his conditioning test with flying Crimson Tide colors. But let’s not forget that...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Zack Martin

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The third player profile in our series centers on the best of South Bend in 2013. Zach Martin, former offensive lineman for the Fighting Irish, played multiple positions along the offensive line during his time in college. The team that takes him will certainly get a versatile player, but just because Martin played a position in college doesn’t mean he can excel at that same position in the NFL. Zack Martin ranks 19th out of all the 2014 NFL draft prospects, according to NFL.com.  He was named the top offensive...

McClain Comeback Has a Setback

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Don’t hold your breath waiting for inside linebacker Rolando McClain’s return to the Ravens. According to NFL Network, McClain showed up late for a Tuesday workout with the Ravens, and failed to complete the team’s conditioning test. Not the best way for McClain to show he is ready to make a comeback, after walking away from the game last year at age 24. McClain said earlier this month that he was training to make a comeback. The No. 8 pick in the 2010 draft, McClain had 246 tackles and 6...

Tuesday’s Roundup: Smith & Webb Talk Trash

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Charges Against Deonte Thompson Dropped Two months ago, wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana in Gainesville, Florida. Over the weekend, it was announced by Alchua County Court that the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. Thompson was not the driver of the car pulled over during the arrest, but claimed that a duffle bag containing 29 grams of marijuana was his, but that the marijuana was not. Thompson’s lawyer talked to The Baltimore Sun on the phone and was excited...

Could Ravens Go “All Irish” Early in 2014 Draft?

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The Ravens have done a lot this offseason to surround quarterback Joe Flacco with more options in the passing game, and to provide him with better protection to give him more time in the pocket. Re-signing Eugene Monroe and trading for Jeremy Zuttah helped upgrade the line. Retaining Jacoby Jones and adding Steve Smith and Owen Daniels provide the offense and Flacco with more dynamic weapons. While the offense has clearly been upgraded, infusing some youth to go along with these veteran acquisitions wouldn’t be a bad direction for the...

“We Will Announce When We Will Announce It”

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Sorry Ravens fans, the wait  continues regarding the release of the 2014 NFL schedule. On Monday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy tweeted the following, much to the dismay of NFL fans everywhere: The league pushed the 2014 NFL draft back to May due to a “scheduling conflict” involving Radio City Musical Hall; however, it’s interesting to note an early report by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Schefter tweeted the following in February of 2013: Sounds like that scheduling conflict worked out well for 2014! Whatever the case may be, it allows Goodell and company...

Free Safety a Laughing Matter For Ravens?

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Russell Street Report’s series of NFL draft prospect previews continues, switching to the defensive side of the ball in this edition. Leading up to the first round of the draft on May 8, several potential first round candidates for the Baltimore Ravens will be profiled. Prospects who figure to either be available when the Ravens pick at No. 17 or within close reach of the pick are in play. Ha’Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama • Height: 6’1” • Weight: 208 pounds • 40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds • Vertical jump:...

Ravens Backfield Running on Empty?

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Gary Kubiak’s offense has long been a productive one, among the league’s best. It has also been one that heavily depends on an effective running game. In 2013 the Ravens’ running game was hardly effective. Some blame the running backs; some blame the offensive line; some blame the coaching of the offensive line; some blame the play calling. It was all of the above. The Ravens have improved the offensive line this offseason. They’ve re-signed Eugene Monroe who we hear has become quite the gym rat and they’ve added center...

Do What You Love!

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Several years ago a friend who was an assistant principal asked me to make a presentation to his after-school groups at a local private school. The groups were separated by interests, one being sports and the other computers. He thought that given my chosen occupation that my story might be of interest to both groups. The kids ranged from 11-13 years of age so I initially thought that it could be a challenge maintaining their interest. To my surprise, they seemed to cling to every word and today, when I...

Ravens Need to Get “Time” on Their Side

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The Baltimore Ravens had their fair share of ups and downs on both offense and defense in 2013. Having lost four games last season by three points or less, the Ravens have put a strong emphasis on improving the offense this offseason. The Ravens ranked 16th in the league in time of possession (TOP), averaging 30:21 on offense each game. This stat can be a tricky one and there is more to it than meets the eye, as the Ravens proved last season. Despite being in the middle of the...

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Joe Maese

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Some Ravens fans may have never heard of Joe Maese, while some may have simply forgotten, but Maese was the first ever long snapper drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. Selected in the 2001 NFL draft out of the University of New Mexico, Maese played four seasons in Baltimore. He was a key part of a successful kicking tandem that also featured the beloved Matt Stover and punters Kyle Richardson and later David Zastudil. Recently I had a chance to catch up with Joe and reminisce about his time as a...