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Training Camp Preview: Running Backs

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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

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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...

VIDEO: Torrey Smith Catches a Shark!

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A mile off the coast of Sunny Isles Beach, FL, Torrey Smith and a few friends went fishing for some sharks this weekend. They had a lot of success. The experience made him not want to get in the water! RT @SpaceKad3t guess who’s not getting into the water this summer? Yup! This gal!!!….and this guy haha I could see my hotel from our spot — Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) July 13, 2014 For our animal-loving friends, there is no need to worry. They were catching and releasing. Check out the...

Pro Football Talk Slams the Ravens!

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Media, Fans React to Jimmy Smith’s Arrest Another Raven got arrested. That’s five this offseason, the most of any NFL team. You’ve already read it now and have probably heard the story numerous times. Jimmy Smith was arrested at Greene Turtle in Towson and charged with “failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer.” Here’s the Baltimore County Police Department Incident Report. This arrest might be the Ravens strangest of the offseason. Smith claims he was helping the intoxicated woman, but most people would counter his argument with...

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

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Today we continue our effort (with a BIG shout out to the fans for their votes) to assemble the Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-man squad with a look at the specialists. But before we do that, let’s revisit each of the positions voted upon so far with the leaders shown in descending order. The number in parenthesis represents the total number of players we plan to carry at that position. Voting for each position remains open until July 20, 2014. OFFENSE Running Back (3): Jamal Lewis, Ray Rice, Priest Holmes (VOTE...

Words Aren’t Enough For Troubled Ravens

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This is not what I wanted to write about this offseason. My last article was about the issue the Ravens were having this off-season with four arrests. Now, as we get ready for rookies to start training camp, comes a 5th arrest for the Purple and Black. After Jimmy Smith was arrested late Saturday night and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, it’s time for the Ravens to do more than just dish out words. During the last day of the Ravens mandatory minicamp in June, John Harbaugh said, “We will always...

2014 All-AFC North Team

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Less than two months until NFL Opening Weekend 2014, the AFC North is as unpredictable of a division as any in the NFL. The reigning champion Cincinnati Bengals are reloaded for another run at the division crown, while the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have made their fair share of offseason moves to make a run at dethroning the reigning champs. No team stands out as the worst, no team stands out at the best (although it’s Cincinnati’s division until further notice). But what if one team was...

RAVENS LINKS: Tucker Rule Brings Change to M&T

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Ravens install new goal posts in wake of ‘Tucker Rule’ Justin Tucker has had a few important game-winning kicks in his now 2-year career, but his first one caused some controversy. Read NFL.com writer Dan Hanzus’ article on what the Ravens had to do with their goalposts almost two years after that kick here. Stormy week for Ravens’ Jimmy Smith Before Jimmy Smith’s arrest early Sunday morning, he’d already been having some problems. A tree fell on his house that was caused by the tornado this past week. Read the...

Ravens’ Jimmy Smith Arrested

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Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested last night at The Greene Turtle in Towson according to multiple sources. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Smith was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and was later released after being issued a citation. The arrest marks the fifth time that a Ravens player has been arrested this offseason, four the arrests (Ray Rice, Jah Reid, Lorenzo Taliaferro being the others) were alcohol-related while the fifth (Deonte Thompson) was tied to marijuana possession but later dismissed. Players report for the first veteran-laden day of...

Remembering Training Camp at McDaniel College

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Those early morning days of late July in Westminster, MD were special. The sunlight felt a little lazier just after dawn – the dew in the grass a bit heavier and the feeling of change surrounded us. This was training camp at McDaniel College. The morning included a round of golf followed by lunch at Baugher’s. From there it was off to Ravens training camp where thousands of fans convened with great anticipation for the coming season. It was Americana at its finest. Concession stands and games for children dominated...

Hurst in Line

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As with most teams, the offensive line depth chart has been a bit of a question mark through the years for the Ravens. Guys like Jah Reid and A.Q. Shipley have been waiting in the wings, but it’s been a while since the unit as a whole has had a significant backup plan at any spot on the depth chart. As we enter the 2014 season, the team will again look for above-average performances in training camp and the preseason. And while finding a solid backup has lately been like finding a needle in...

RAVENS LINKS: Which Raven Makes the List of NFL Villains?

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The NFL’s Biggest Villains Who are the NFL’s biggest villains? Baltimore Beatdown’s Chuck Mills puts together a list of eight players who he thinks are the hated in the NFL. See what Raven (and former Raven) make the list here. NFL Names Matt Birk Director of Football Development According to NFL.com, Matt Birk is the new director of football development. Congratulations Matt! Read more about what his new job entails here. Harbaugh Unloads Baltimore-area Home According to Neal Leitereg of the LA Times, John Harbaugh has sold his home for $2.05...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Billickisms

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Today, we look back upon some of the more interesting quotes from the man who has a PHD in Spin Doctoring; he is the Prince of Hyperbole; a Connoisseur of Wordsmithing and a Master of Rhetoric. He’s also the coach with more NFL victories (85) than any other here in The Land of Pleasant Living. Of course I mean, the one and only Brian Billick. * When questioned on Deion Sanders “questionable” status on the injury report: “When you’re 50 years old, you’re going to be listed as questionable every...
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