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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...

RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 3

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Last Friday, we looked over the Ravens’ 2nd round draft history and explored who lived up to their stock. Today, we’ll be checking out Round Three to see how the Ravens have fared after many of the top players are off the board. 1997 (64) Jay Graham, RB, Tennessee While the Ravens took Graham hoping he could make an impact, they never saw great production from the Tennessee alum. In his rookie season, he complied just 299 yards on the ground. After a 1998 season where he rushed for just 109...

Now It’s Up to You, Joe

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From the time the season ended it was clear what the Ravens’ priorities were. One of the biggest was surrounding their franchise quarterback with more protection and playmakers. The offensive line is a fluid situation, but several questions have already been answered. Right tackle is the only spot that doesn’t have a clear-cut answer at this point. And yes, injuries can happen in the preseason, and while it wouldn’t be ideal they have two starters from last year waiting to get their shot to redeem themselves. Even before the addition...

Rolando McClain Preparing for a Return in 2014

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Rolando McClain doesn’t remember exactly when this was. But at one point recently, he was working out in front of his Alabama home when one of his two sons was dropped off after day care. Shortly after getting dropped off, McClain’s son was watching his father get ready to go through a ladder drill when he said, “Dad, I miss watching you play football.” McClain went through the drill and then asked his son what he had said. His son’s response: “I want to watch you play football.” McClain didn’t...

MEDIA WATCHDOG: Stash, Nasty and The Coach

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Former 98 Rocker “Stash” Back Behind Bars Remember “Stash” from 98 Rock? Whatever happened to that guy? Last I remember, he was on Brett Hollander’s pre and postgame coverage of Ravens games, where, in my opinion, he didn’t add much of substance. His constant interjections about meaningless topics and rocker gimmicks were simply not my cup of tea. David Anderson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Gregory “Stash” Smith was denied bail during a hearing in a Harford County District Court after a probation violation. “Stash” was behind bars for...

Are You Happy With the Ravens?

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For some time I’ve been wondering: Are fans in Baltimore happy with their team? After all, they call themselves fans and they call the Ravens their team, so of course they are happy, aren’t they? I’m not so sure. When I go to games I like to sit in the upper deck behind the end zone, which is where I believe I get the best view of the field. As a result I encounter some questionable behavior. It’s not the cursing that bothers me so much, rather the lightning-fast criticism...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The NFL’s UFO’s

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Back on April 24, 2006 we examined the Ravens prowess in the undrafted free agent recruiting process. Last year it helped to land Marlon Brown. Here’s a look back at how Ozzie Newsome & Co. consistently get it done…   The Ravens front office has often been lauded for its prowess and success in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. And while the balance of Day 1 of the draft has historically been checkered at best for the Ravens, they have discovered a few gems on Day 2 such as...