Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line

We could just say “Baltimore’s offensive line can’t get any worse than last year, so it can only go up from here” and call it a day. That assumption is probably true, but how much better the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens will be in 2014 remains to be seen. Easily the most forgettable collective offensive line performance in franchise history, the 2013 line never gelled, never had one good collective game, and quite frankly was just defunct of talent. The Ravens are returning their two lone quality starters...

Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

No offensive positional group will look more different for the Baltimore Ravens this seasons than tight end, where newly re-signed Dennis Pitta is the lone returning player at the position. After an underwhelming 2013 season in which Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark were the two main contributors, the front office overhauled and improve a once ailing group. While still not anything above average, Baltimore’s set of tight ends is much more promising heading into this year than the last. Notable new additions: Owen Daniels and Crockett Gillmore - Once offensive coordinator...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Fullback

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The Ravens for many years were considered to be a smash mouth football team. Play good defense, manage field position, protect the football, take away the football and run the football. This was a formula that produced many wins and a world championship during the Brian Billick Era. But to make that formula work you need the right mix of players. On offense this approach only works with a solid fullback and throughout the Ravens history they’ve often fielded a throwback player positioned in front of their tailback that John...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Tight End

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The single greatest season by a Ravens tight end was that of Shannon Sharpe’s in 2000. Really, it’s not even close. Sure, Todd Heap’s 2005 regular season eclipsed Sharpe’s 2000 season statistically but if you take a step back, the two seasons weren’t even close. The 2005 Ravens finished 6-10 and were at one point 4-9. They barely put up a fight and that alone tarnishes Heap’s stats. Sharpe’s 2000 was magical. He caught the game winner against the Jaguars in the team’s home opener – an AFC Central foe...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Finley a Steeler?

The Ravens rookies have reported to camp to begin their quest to solidify a spot on the team’s 53-man roster. The rosters around the division will soon begin to take shape, so let’s take a look at the battles surrounding the North.   CLEVELAND BROWNS What’s on the running back radar? Following a common theme in the division, the Browns have a crowded backfield competition going into camp. Bringing in Ben Tate from Houston could have huge upside in a pounding division like the AFC North. Tate was utilized as...

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens 19th Most Valuable Sports Franchise

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Forbes: Ravens 19th Most Valuable Sports Franchise in the World Forbes came out with their list of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. The top of the list is filled mostly with European soccer clubs, but after that, there is an abundance of football teams. The Ravens come in at #19 with a value $1.227 billion. Link to beginning of the list (slideshow format) | Link to Ravens’ spot How New Offense Affects Each Position Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com breaks down what changes Gary Kubiak’s offense means for...


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On Flashback Friday we take a look back at one in a series of interviews we called “Ask Brian” featuring head coach Brian Billick. This one took place in December of 2007, the last month he would hold the title of “Baltimore Ravens Head Coach”. ********** Tony Lombardi: Brian, down in Miami you had a chance to win the game by going for it on a fourth and goal from the Dolphins’ one foot line. Conventional wisdom suggests that you go for the win on the road and the tie...

Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

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Typically one of the low points of the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, wide receiver has quickly emerged as one of the offensive strongpoints for the team as the beginning of the 2014 season looms. Historically a group that has lacked any top options and/or inherent depth, Baltimore has a deep, diverse set of receivers, with multiple additions that should help out the roster this season. Notable new additions: Steve Smith and Michael Campanaro – The Ravens lacked any veteran presence at the position in 2013, with Jacoby Jones being...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, WR

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Throughout their 18-year history the Ravens have had a difficult time discovering and developing talent at the position of wide receiver. It was once so bad that prior to the 2011 second round selection of Torrey Smith, fans dreaded the thought of the Ravens burning a first round pick on a wide receiver. We have Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton to thank for that. The absence of a prototypical No. 1 WR has only added fuel to the fire of Baltimore’s yearning for a player in the mold of a...

Who’s Next in The Ravens Ring of Honor?

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During one of our Ravens Rap shows down at The Blue Ox in Ocean City that featured team owner Steve Bisciotti, the topic of Todd Heap surfaced. Heap has always been a popular Raven and for good reason. He was a very good tight end who could have been better and perhaps played longer if not for years of ineptness at quarterback during the prime of his career. The 2001 first round draft pick’s popularity is no less in our State’s city by the sea. When Heap last visited M&T...

VIDEO: Canty Working His Hands

Chris Canty drew a lot of criticism from fans and media alike when he did not show up for voluntary OTAs. After signing 3-year, $8M contract in March of last year, Canty had a less-than-stellar 2013 campaign. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Canty registered only 2 sacks and 30 tackles in 15 games (13 starts). To prepare for training camp, he has sought out help from Dave Paladino, owner and director of Strike Zone. Check out this video from his Instagram of Canty working his hands.

Training Camp Preview: Running Backs

One of the position groups with the most uncertainty heading into the Baltimore Ravens 2014 training camp is the offensive backfield, where Baltimore’s expected top three ball carriers all had some form of issue in the offseason. Arrests headlined the offseasons of running backs Ray Rice and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, with a suspension for Rice looming as the season approaches. 2013 backup ball carrier Bernard Pierce is returning from offseason shoulder surgery – not an ideal issue for a running back (pass protection, ability to take defenders straight on) –...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Quarterback

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Quarterback, the most highlighted of all positions in sport has certainly been a problematic one for the Baltimore Ravens. Not until the arrival of Joe Flacco has there been any stability at the position. One could argue, and with good reason, that substandard play behind center cost the Ravens playoff wins and possibly another Super Bowl Championship given a defense that regularly ranked among the NFL’s elite. Be that as it may, to borrow from former team head coach Brian Billick, “It is what it is.” So in our continued...

Ngata Quite The Athlete

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For a 330-pound man, Haloti Ngata is quite an athlete. Ngata is an accomplished rugby player (could you imagine this beast in a scrum?) Here he shows that he has hops as well, as the southpaw slams one home from a standstill under the basket.   Video courtesy of Miles Goodman and the Coach’s Buzz Post by ASAP Training.

VIDEO: Ngata Crushes it in The Gym

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Haloti Ngata is primed to have a big season. In 2014 he will be playing to preserve the balance of his contract or better still, an extension that like his best friend on the team, Terrell Suggs, will allow him to retire as a Raven. Things are shaping up nicely for Ngata and he should benefit from many things outside of his control. DeAngelo Tyson is a surprise developmental player and continues to improve. Brandon Williams is more prepared for the NFL after not playing against elite collegiate talent. And...

Fans Point Finger of Blame at Cops in Smith Arrest

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Whether it be on our Facebook page, message board or in the comments section of our blogs on the topic of Jimmy Smith, the most vocal fans have come to the defense of the Ravens’ promising cornerback after his arrest on Saturday night at The Greene Turtle in Towson. Relatively speaking the crime isn’t a big deal. No one was seriously injured and hopefully there were some lessons learned. Although it is at least slightly curious why Smith was allegedly with a coked up girl then flew out of town...

Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks

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As training camp quickly approaches, the Ravens have two story lines to follow at the most important position – quarterback – which is two more than they usually have had in recent years heading into a new season. Rookie sixth-round draft pick Keith Wenning will battle it out with fourth-year player Tyrod Taylor – who is entering the final season of his contract – for the backup quarterback job. The duel for backup quarterback may not be the most heated of training camp competitions in Baltimore, but it’s still important,...

RAVENS LINKS: Another Ravens vs. Steelers Battle

Ravens lose to the Steelers in the final 16 NFL All-Time Memorable Plays The Mile-High Miracle is going up against the Immaculate Reception in the final 16 most memorable plays of all time as voted on by the fans and conducted by ESPN.com. Cast your vote for the Ravens HERE. EDIT: Unfortunately, the Mile-High Miracle lost to the Immaculate Reception and the competition has moved on to the next round. VIDEO: Ravens National Anthem audition finalists The Baltimore Sun put together a compilation video of the nine finalists to become the...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, D-Line

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The greatness of the Ravens defensive line has been the byproduct of depth, complementary players and an efficient rotation of personnel more so than the distinction of its individual contributors. That said the Ravens have had some pretty solid defenders in the trenches over the years and in this segment of “Fan’s Choice” we’ll ask you to pick 8 players to man the defensive front of the Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-man roster. * FF ~ Forced Fumbles ** PD ~ Passed Defensed Here’s a video that features veteran lineman Kelly...

Ravens Need Flacco to Feel at Home on The Road

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It’s often said that the key to a team’s success in the NFL is taking care of business at home, and winning half of your games on the road. It’s a pretty straightforward formula that equates to a team more often than not making the playoffs. Eight games on the road, eight games at home. Finish 6-2 within the friendly confines of your own stadium, and go 4-4 on the road. Finishing 10-6 most years is good enough for a playoff berth, regardless of whether that means winning your division...
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