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Harbaugh Plans to Get Tough

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Head coach John Harbaugh apparently is ready to get going even though the Ravens won’t open training camp for a few more months. Harbaugh recently told reporters at the NFL owners meetings that  “Our training camp this year will be more physical than it was last year.” “It’s going to be a tough, physical training camp. We’re going to wring everything we can out of every single second,” Harbaugh stated. Slow down there coach, as much as it sounds like a great idea, sadly tough, physical, training camps are a...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Owen Daniels Worth a Look

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We have reached the dry period of NFL free agency, where the majority of impactful signings have been completed, and teams are now just signing mid-to-low level players to fill roster holes before May’s NFL Draft. For the Baltimore Ravens, the first two weeks of free agency were a resounding success. They maintained most of their own key players, added depth at safety, upgraded the center position via trade, and found a go-to wide receiver. There aren’t many glaring needs left with the draft approaching, and with eight draft picks,...

Brigance Brigade to Host 5.7K Family Fun Race

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Time to break out your running shoes or walking shoes for a great cause. Ravens Senior Advisor to Player Development O.J. Brigance is about to but he needs your help. On April 5, 2014, the Brigance Brigade Foundation, along with O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, are hosting their first annual Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7K family fun run event. The event which will take place in the Canton section of Baltimore, Maryland with proceeds from the event going towards furthering the mission of the Brigance Brigade Foundation, whose goal it is...

Never Pay a Running Back!

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The Ravens are paying the price for breaking Rule #1 in the modern, pass happy NFL: NEVER Pay a Running Back! The current trend for compensating the position is in full view during this year’s free agency period. Running backs are getting no respect; some are being paid less than kickers! This movement began a number of years ago when former GM Bill Polian, then of the Indianapolis Colts, maneuvered himself onto the NFL’s competition committee. By force of personality, the imperious Polian was able to change the rules to...

A Balanced Roster Keeps Ravens in The Hunt

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Finding a balance between young productive players, guys in their prime, and veteran leadership can be tricky in the National Football League. The difference in competition between college and the NFL is greater than any sport. Even for the most talented players, there is a learning curve and few make immediate impacts. Guys in their prime are looking to get paid, and rightfully so. For some players, they get one big contract. Unlike baseball, it’s not all guaranteed, it’s often money players need for their family’s long term financial security....

RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 2

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Last Friday, we explored the history of Ravens’ first-round selections. Some lived up to their draft stock, others weren’t able to stay with the team and make even a minimal impact. Let’s take a look at Round Two and see what the history looks like after the stars of the first round are off the board. 1996 (55) DeRon Jenkins, CB, Tennessee The third Baltimore Raven ever selected in a draft never lived up to his second-round selection. He never made it to the Super Bowl team of 2000 and...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: No Respect in 2006

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While the Ravens were on their way to their best record in franchise history during the 2006 season, they received little fanfare, little respect for a team that would ultimately finish the regular season 13-3. Here’s a look back at a column published on December 12, 2006, one that captured the feeling that the Ravens were the league’s ugly red-headed stepchild, with all due respect to ugly red-headed stepchildren.   Chances are if you are reading this you are a Ravens fan. And thanks to the genetics of a Ravens...

Ray Rice Indicted

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted Thursday for one count of aggravated assault. Rice was arrested in February after an altercation with his fiancée at Atlantic City casino. Rice and his fiancée were both charged with simple assault at the time, but Rice now faces a more serious charge after a review by the Atlantic City police department. As noted in a news release sent out by the Atlantic City police department, Rice was charged with aggravated assault for “attempting to cause significant bodily injury and/or purposely or...

Ravens Meanderings: More Free Agent Spending?

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Free agents who remain on the open market at this time lose leverage and therefore money with each passing day. Representatives for these agents have more than likely drawn proverbial lines in the sand in an attempt to set market value for their clients. Yet as the draft draws nearer, their clients’ cases grow weaker and those lines become less defined. Of the remaining unrestricted free agents, those most frequently discussed as potential Ravens are Owen Daniels and LeGarrette Blount. Daniels on the surface would appear to be a natural...

Ravens 7 Round Mock Draft

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With compensatory picks announced, the draft outlook for the Baltimore Ravens is finally set, with eight draft picks, including four in the top 100. For a team that addressed plenty of holes in free agency (mainly through re-signing its own free agents), there aren’t many glaring needs with the draft less than two months away. But now having the draft picks set, it’s finally time to start taking a look at who the Ravens could potentially target, and more importantly when. Here’s an initial seven-round mock draft for the Ravens:...

Getting to Know Jeremy Zuttah

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Having played in Tampa since he entered the league in 2008 as a third-round draft pick out of Rutgers, new Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah is excited to become a Baltimore Raven. Zuttah has a fond memory of the time he played here in 2010 as part of a visiting Buccaneers team. Though his squad lost to the Ravens 17-10 on that November Sunday, he found himself amazed by the energy level of the crowd. “I remember the defensive intros that day and the way the whole crowd went crazy when Ray...

Goodell Speaks on Possible Rice Suspension

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL is monitoring Ray Rice’s legal situation and is waiting for the legal process to unfold before deciding whether to take action against the Baltimore Ravens running back. Rice was arrested in February after an altercation with his fiancée at an Atlantic City casino. Rice and his fiancée were both charged with simple assault-domestic violence. It’s possible that Rice could be suspended, but commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Wednesday at the annual NFL owners meetings, “We’ll let the facts dictate that.” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said...

Former Coach: Smith Will “Find Ways to Make Plays”

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First, there were the Denver Broncos fans that plastered “retirement starts now” billboards about Ray Lewis in 2012 all around their city. Even after the Ravens beat Denver, that trend continued in New England as Patriot fans did the same. The end result? Well, you don’t need me to tell you. Jump to 2013 when Ravens rookie Matt Elam mistakenly answered a question about the best way to cover Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. “He’s pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be,” Elam stated. “He’s a big...

Ravens Need a New Backup Plan

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“Well, you know, Tyrod’s only got one year left on his contract,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he’s played in games certainly. We feel like he’s a lot better than he’s showed. I know he feels that way too.” The handwriting is on the wall. If John Harbaugh, one of the best protectorates of the Ravens’ Holy Grail, keeper of the fortress known as One Winning Drive, master of saying...

Bisciotti Gives Harbaugh Vote of Confidence, More $

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Owner Steve Bisciotti clearly expects John Harbaugh to be the Ravens coach for a long time. Bisciotti told reporters at the NFL owners meeting Monday that he gave Harbaugh a one-year extension last month, added to the three-year extension Harbaugh already received last year. That means Harbaugh is under contract through 2017. Anyone who thought Bisciotti had begun to waver on Harbaugh? Forget it. Despite coming off an 8-8 season, Bisciotti still believes strongly in his head coach, for next season, and for the long haul. Harbaugh’s resume is very...

Ravens Building Depth at WR and OL

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Injuries are as much a part of the NFL as touchdowns. Some years teams are relatively fortunate. Fortunate doesn’t mean staying completely healthy, that’s obviously impossible. It means keeping most of your key players healthy enough to play a full season, and avoiding catastrophic injuries that put players out for extended periods of time. Other seasons don’t play out the same way…injuries in training camp and preseason, and season-ending surgeries early in the year. While good conditioning helps, teams staying healthy more often than not comes down to pure dumb...

Harbaugh on Zuttah: “He’s a good fit”

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeremy Zuttah played both center and guard during his six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Zuttah will be a center for the Baltimore Ravens. When the Ravens traded for Zuttah Sunday, they did so planning on Zuttah taking over for Gino Gradkowski as their starting center. Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that Tuesday during the annual NFL owners meetings in Orlando. “That’s the plan,” Harbaugh said. “Had a conversation with Gino [Monday]. It was good communication and he’s in a good place. Gino’s a solid young guy....

Harbaugh Expects More Moves Prior to Draft

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ORLANDO, Fla. — To owner Steve Bisciotti, the moves the Baltimore Ravens have made this offseason have left the team without any glaring holes. Bisciotti said that during a conversation with RSR Monday. But there is still work to be done. Bisciotti recognizes that. So does coach John Harbaugh, who spoke with reporters Tuesday morning at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes during the second day of the annual NFL owners meetings. The Ravens reportedly have around $8 million in cap space, and they could still add to their team even...

Are the Ravens Looking to Replace Tyrod Taylor?

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John Harbaugh served notice this morning at the owners meetings in Orlando that the Ravens will likely look for a backup quarterback – or one at least that will give Tyrod Taylor some competition. “Well, you know, Tyrod’s only got one year left on his contract,” Harbaugh told reporters. “We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he’s played in games certainly. We feel like he’s a lot better than he’s showed. I know he...

Bisciotti Excited to Have Steve Smith as a Raven

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Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti has to be giddy with excitement over the offseason moves his team has made thus far. Especially in free agency, and more specifically the free agent signing of wide receiver Steve Smith. Bisciotti met with reporters in Orlando yesterday and you could almost visualize the smile on his face when reading his words to BaltimoreRavens.com reporter Ryan Mink about the former Carolina Panther. “Steve Smith is the wild card. That’s an interesting addition to our team. Not only will he benefit Joe [Flacco], but I...