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Revisiting The Ravens 2013 Draft Class

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We are less than 18 months removed from the 2013 NFL Draft, one that produced 10 new Ravens. As of today 5 are on the 2014 53-man roster, 3 have been released, 1 is on the practice squad and the last is on injured reserve. Here’s a snap shot of those picks: * Inactive for all 5 games in 2014; healthy scratch ** Released in 2014 and later signed to practice squad; Texans signed Simon to their 53-man roster.

Ravens Foundation Partners with Playworks Maryland

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Getting into the community is something the Ravens organization has always placed a high priority on – not because they have to, but because they want to. On Tuesday, as the players enjoyed their day off, the team announced that the Ravens Foundation, Inc. had forged a charitable partnership with Playworks Maryland to benefit community children. “We are thrilled to team up with the Ravens,” Randi Hogan, executive director of Playworks Maryland stated in a press release on Tuesday afternoon.”The Ravens have always demonstrated their commitment to making a difference...

TALE OF THE TAPE: What Went Wrong Up Front?

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The consensus most pleasant Baltimore Ravens story line during the first month of the regular season was the stellar play of the offensive line. After a putrid 2013 performance from the unit, by September’s end, Baltimore’s offensive line was beginning to look like one of the NFL’s best. While that still may end up being the case, Sunday’s performance against the Indianapolis Colts does bring some concern as to how consistent the line can be on a weekly basis, especially during road games. Quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked three times...

Secondary in Crisis, Ravens Re-sign Franks

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The hits keep coming for the Ravens secondary as it appears Asa Jackson is headed to injured reserve with a designation to return around week ten of the season. On Tuesday, the Ravens announced the re-signing of veteran cornerback Dominique Franks who will join a unit that has left a lot to be desired except for the play of shutdown corner Jimmy Smith. With week fives game against the Colts in the books and the Ravens sitting with a 3-2 record, it appears the team is doing everything in their...

Two-Minute Drill: Week 6

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It’s Been a Crazy Season How is it Week 6 already? The NFL season is wildly entertaining, partially because so much goes on in a comparably short time span than that of other sports. Here are a few bullet points that describe how the 2014 season has unfolded to this point: The Ravens, despite Sunday’s loss to the Colts, are a good team that looks like they’ll peak in December (as usual). Thursday Night Football games define the word lopsided. The winners have outscored the losers, 205-60. Is Dez Bryant...

Simon Says See You Later!

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The John Simon era is over in Baltimore! According to multiple sources the OLB was signed off the Ravens practice squad and on to the Texans 53-man roster where he will be re-united with Texans’ assistant coach Mike Vrabel. Vrabel and Simon where paired together when both were at Ohio State University as coach and player. You may recall reports of how the Ravens war room was giddy with excitement when they drafted Simon in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Yet Simon rarely made his way on...

THE FINAL WORD: Tactical Errors Kill Ravens on Sunday

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One week can make a world of difference in the NFL. Just ask James Hurst. The rookie LT went from one of the players of the game a week ago to goat after his head-turning performance against the Colts. And when I say head turning, I mean Hurst’s head was literally turned, as was his entire body in at least one pass-blocking breakdown. Hurst struggled with his footwork and balance all afternoon. Lack of consistency in his footwork and positioning out of his stance was also a big problem for...

FANTASY LINKS: Montee and LeSean Problems

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LeSean McCoy: The Worst RB in the NFL Maybe a sensationalist headline, but LeSean McCoy was worst in the league this week by numberFire’s metrics, with a -6.56 Net Expected Points. Nik Bonaddio breaks down the best and worst performers at every position. LINK The Montee Ball Problem Scott Pianowski of Yahoo’s Roto Arcade gives a pessimistic outlook on the Montee Ball situation in Denver as well as how his situation is similar to a couple others in the league. LINK 10 Smart Waiver Adds for Week 6 This has...

Did The Ravens Overpay Aging Veterans?

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Player production in the NFL is more often than not a very steep incline. Elite athletes go from being the strongest and fastest guys on the field, to becoming situational players, and eventually non-factors. Teams and general managers have a tough job evaluating this drop off. If you cut or don’t re-sign a player too soon because you think he’s finished he may come back to burn you. Just ask Dave Gettleman and the Carolina Panthers. But if you pay or extend players for their past performances, you might put...

Ravens’ Terrence Brooks Earns More Playing Time

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Will Hill Return Looms If there’s one thing we’ve come to understand from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh when it comes to his players, the better they play, the more snaps they will see. Enter Ravens rookie safety Terrence Brooks. Brooks, who was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2014 draft appears to have finally gotten a grasp on the Ravens defensive playbook and is making the most of his opportunities, finally. Covering Brooks throughout rookie minicamp through the end of training camp, the former Florida...

Memo to Gary Kubiak: Fancy not required

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Confessions of a Sports Nut For as long as I’ve been following Ravens football as part of my job, I’ve openly championed coaches as my favorite people in sports. In fact, in my first blog for Russell Street Report RIGHT HERE I put it all out in the open so there was no confusion on the subject. But that doesn’t mean I just stamp “APPROVED” on everything coaches do. I don’t! Coaches, I know, are generally their own harshest critic. In my own small world as the head coach of...

Ravens at Colts: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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BIG MAC LOOKED FOR: Pernell McPhee is quietly putting together a terrific season. Last week against the Panthers team insiders, after reviewing the game tape, believed that McPhee was the best defender on the field. WHAT WE SAW: In 2014 it doesn’t seem to matter where the Ravens line up McPhee, he seems to be a menacing presence. With the struggles of Terrell Suggs, maybe the Ravens should think about giving Pernell a few of his snaps. I didn’t think a tight end could neutralize Suggs until yesterday.   HURST...

FILMSTUDY: Colts Batter Ravens on Edges and Up Middle

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Each lineman played all 56 competitive snaps (excludes 1 spike before halftime): Hurst:  After a solid first game, James was awful at Indianapolis.  He was party to 3 of the 4 sacks and had trouble winning 1-on-1 matchups on the left side all day.  Here’s his list of pass-blocking failures:   (Q1, 4:19)  Hurst was beaten outside by Werner, but Wagner did not block Redding on the right side.  I charged 2/3 of the sack to Hurst. (Q1, 3:36)  He again failed to block Werner on the very next play...

Speed Bag: Quick Hits From Sunday

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I’ve been beating on this fairly regularly as of late and I doubt that I’ll stop. Arthur Brown is a perfect 5-for-5 when it comes to landing on the inactive list this season. Last year the Ravens regularly had Daryl Smith, Josh Bynes, Albert McClellan and Jameel McClain up for games. Last year Dean Pees regularly rotated these players at the inside linebacker position. Apparently Brown isn’t as good as those undrafted guys like Bynes, McClellan, McClain and now Zach Orr. Here’s some perspective… In 2013 four other inside linebackers...

RAVENS LINKS: Defense the Silver Lining in Loss

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Ravens defense performed better than expected Chuck Mills of Baltimore Beatdown gives a very positive outlook for next week after a pretty great performance by the defense against a very, very good offense. LINK Lardarius Webb: “C.J. Mosley Reminded Me Of Ray Lewis” The 2014 1st round draft pick had quite the day in Indianapolis against a very good offense. Lardarius Webb even went far enough to say Mosley reminded Webb of the Legend that wore #52. LINK Hurst struggles in second start at tackle The entire offensive line struggled...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Colts 20, Ravens 13

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We knew the Ravens would find the going tough in Indianapolis but most of us expected this to be a shootout between Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco. It was anything but. What we saw was a sloppily played game from both teams albeit a physical and closely fought struggle. As a franchise the Ravens have yet to win in Indianapolis and unfortunately on Sunday it was yet another typical trip to the stadium by “The Brickyard”.   THE GOOD It wasn’t one of Joe Flacco’s best games (case in point...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Colts 20, Ravens 13

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Ravens fall back into bad habits… Overall: C - Let’s start by saying it’s hard to win on the road in the NFL. It’s almost impossible when you turn the ball over 3 times, lose the time of possession by a 2 to 1 margin and are 1 for 11 on 3rd down. The Indy team tried everything they could to hand the Ravens this game, but the coaching and play of the offensive line and QB wouldn’t allow it. Offense: D I will be kind here as the Offensive...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Colts Clip Ravens’ Wings, 20-13

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On a day when the Ravens defense played with heart and perseverance, the offense had nothing. To say they sucked is an insult to “suck.” From the game plan to Flacco, the offensive line to receivers that are clueless, it was another forgettable day in Indy. And by the way Daryl Smith is a huge liability against the run yet Arthur Brown rots on the inactive list. - Tony Lombardi You can’t say enough of the character and resilience of this team. They battled all day. But unfortunately the offense couldn’t...

Ravens at Colts: Looking Away From The Ball

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BIG MAC: Pernell McPhee is quietly putting together a terrific season. Last week against the Panthers team insiders, after reviewing the game tape, believed that McPhee was the best defender on the field. His effort doesn’t show up on the stats sheet but the menacing presence of the former 5th-round pick out of Mississippi State makes life easier for his defensive teammates. HURST TO FIRST: Undrafted rookie free agent James Hurst has been thrust into the limelight due to starting left tackle Eugene Monroe’s knee injury. Last week Gary Kubiak...