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CAMP NOTES: Deonte & Jacoby Put on a Show

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On a dreary Friday morning, the Ravens took to the field under cloudy skies for another early practice at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The battle for the one or possibly two roster spots at the wide receiver position is heating up between Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken and undrafted rookie Jeremy Butler. Thompson has had a resurgence over the past two days and put on a nice display of speed and solid hands throughout 11-on-11 drills today. Thompson and quarterback Joe Flacco connected on two long touchdowns,...

RAVENS LINKS: Elam the New Vocal Leader

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Matt Elam Is Secondary’s New Vocal Leader Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com discusses how Matt Elam, with a year under his belt, has stepped up and become the vocal leader of the defense’s back end. LINK VIDEO: Full Ray Rice Press Conference (Duration: 17:17) In case you missed it, BaltimoreRavens.com put up the full press conference with Ray Rice HERE. Man faces charges for urinating on Art Modell’s grave Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk reports the man that recorded himself urinating on Art Modell’s grave is now facing charges of...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Best/Worst Free Agent Signings

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On March 11, 2012 we took a look at the best and worst free agent signings in Ravens history. Over two years later should the lists be modified? Might Elvis Dumervil be among the best? Michael Huff and Marcus Spears among the worst? Should the order of the rankings be different? Share your thoughts with a comment below… ************* As we approach the NFL hunting season (aka free agency) I thought to take a look back at the Baltimore Ravens best and worst free agent signings (emphasizing value) since the...

CAMP NOTES: Canty Stalls at the Line & Simon Says Hustle

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To echo the famous words of one Forrest Gump: “Watching Chris Canty is like a box of chocolates. You just never know what you’re going to get play-to-play.”  Alright, so maybe the quote didn’t go quite like that. But the point is Canty is maddeningly inconsistent. It’s ironic that former Raven great Michael McCrary was attending today’s session because he could teach Canty a thing or two about playing with a high motor. On the snaps of Canty’s that I charted, I’d say that he was coasting on more than...

CAMP NOTES: Urban Tears His ACL

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Several veterans were given the day off on defense as the Ravens held an early morning practice at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills including Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata. One player who did however play what seemed like every snap on both the first team defense and second team defense was linebacker Elvis Dumervil.  Dumervil did make some nice plays and found himself in the second team offense’s backfield on more than one occasion. With neither Suggs nor Daryl Smith (groin) in attendance on Thursday,  the combination...

CAMP NOTES: Rick Wagner Has Best Day of Camp

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On a day overshadowed by Ray Rice speaking at the podium, the Ravens hit the practice field under cool weather conditions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Many eyes are focused upon the Ravens offensive line entering training camp because of the implosion they suffered last season. Many people are wondering if Rick Wagner, who currently mans the often-discussed right tackle position, can be the guy in 2014. On Thursday morning, Wagner had possibly his best practice of training camp thus far. On several blitz plays during...

Improved OL Key to Ravens’ Playoff Hopes

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With the first preseason game just a week away for the Baltimore Ravens, and the regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals quickly approaching, it’s hard not to be optimistic about the 2014 season. After an abnormal 2013 season in which the Ravens not only failed to make the playoffs – for the first time since 2007 – but looked terrible in the process, all stock signs are pointing up this time around. For as bad as the team looked last year – capped off by a historically poor team yards...

CAMP NOTES: Daniels Finding His Groove With Ravens

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TRENDS AND TECHNIQUES The receivers have been doing a better job of getting off the line against press coverage and perhaps the most interesting development is that they are using their feet more than their hands to break free. Using a combination of hesitation moves, the receivers are selling the routes one way, only to change direction sharply to get separation from the opposing defensive back. The receivers’ quick footwork at the line has also victimized Chykie Brown, who continued to struggle in coverage on Wednesday. He simply can’t find...

DeAngelo Tyson Quietly Making Noise

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Quietly going about his business each and every day Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson is making loud noises for the team as they head into their second week of training camp. The former Georgia Bulldog drafted by the Ravens in the seventh round of the 2012 draft is vying for the starting role on the Ravens defensive front which was vacated when Arthur Jones left via free agency. In 2013, the 6-2, 315 pound produced 10 tackles (9 solo), one sack, one pass defensed and his first career interception. Looking...

Zuttah Scares Team and Flacco Tosses 2 TDs

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The Ravens offense struggled at times on their first day back to practice after a much needed players’ day off on Tuesday. Quarterback Joe Flacco was inconsistent at times in getting the ball out of his hands quickly, and also threw behind his receivers on several occasions. After one such throw to Steve Smith, Flacco could be heard yelling at himself loudly. However, Flacco did bounce back during the two minute drill portion of the practice nicely. Flacco capped off a long touchdown drive connecting with wide receiver Torrey Smith...

Mosley Impresses, But Injury Bug Bites Other Rookies

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Following a players’ day off Tuesday, the team returned to practice on Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. With just eight days remaining until their first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens, under sunny skies, took to the field starting at 1 p.m. to begin week two of training camp. The Ravens linebacking unit had a different look today, with C.J. Mosley taking over for veteran Daryl Smith, who missed practice for unknown reasons. Mosley had another stand out day, disrupting the Ravens offense...

STREET TALK: Unitas Plaza is Wrong For Lewis Statue

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The backlash over the Ray Rice suspension just won’t go away and with each new visit that Rice makes in each new town since the altercation in Atlantic City, the possibility of new and/or sustained vitriol directed towards the Ravens running back exists. His first game back from the two-game suspension will be a road trip to Cleveland, a sports town with football fans who throw bottles on the field to force the end of a game and tackle 8-year-old boys wearing visiting colors. Imagine the warm reception that Rice...

RAVENS LINKS: Love from the National Media

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Joe Flacco can become a truly elite quarterback in Kubiak’s system Bucky Brooks of NFL.com says that Joe will become a truly elite quarterback and we will see a revitalization of the ground game. Read this rare positive outlook from a national media source for the Raven’s 2014 season HERE. Rookie CJ Mosley on meeting Ray Lewis The Baltimore Sun interviewed CJ Mosley about talking with Ray Lewis as he moves closer to his rookie season. Watch the video here, or read the article from Aaron Dodson HERE. Ravens cut Gerrard Sheppard...

How Long Will Justin Forsett Be a Raven?

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The addition of Justin Forsett wasn’t just a “camp move” for the Ravens. Unlike many signings that take place during the off-season, where teams add depth just to have warm bodies at camp, Forsett’s signing will mean something once the Ravens take the field on September 7th against the Bengals. With Ray Rice’s two game suspension – discipline the team anticipated – there is a window of opportunity for Forsett to showcase his abilities in the coming weeks. Many are expecting the team to keep three running backs (not including...

Addition of S Will Hill a Shrewd Move

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Entering training camp, the Baltimore Ravens had a pretty steady and favorable roster, save one aspect. The secondary as a whole was never a bright spot entering the 2014 season, with lack of depth an issue at both safety positions, as well as at cornerback, after Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. One player who was expected to aid the depth issue and step in as a contributor with hopes of filling Corey Graham’s void at nickel cornerback was veteran Aaron Ross, who never even practiced in pads with the team...

CAMP RECAP: Brooks Not Yet Ready For Prime Time

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Camp Week 1: What We Know and Don’t Know So Far With nearly a week of training camp practices in the books (capped off by last night’s performance at M&T Bank stadium), some of the pieces are starting to fall into place. It’s still early but here are the biggest points to consider so far: What We Know: • Gary Kubiak’s Motion Offense is Prevalent. Whether it’s the tight ends, receivers or fullback Kyle Juszczyk, the pass targets have been on the move early and often. Motion is a big...

Highlights & Disappointments from Week 1 of Camp

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Training camp is a little under a week old and the Baltimore Ravens are progressing as expected. There have been highs and lows as there are each and every year, but for all the offseason issues facing a team that went 8-8 and missed the postseason for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh, things are going very well so far. The team is focused on making every rep count. Here is a look at some of those highs and lows:   Highlights Quarterback Joe Flacco has the offense...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Burning Bridges in Pittsburgh

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As we enter the heart of the training camp season, let’s dive into what’s going on around the AFC North in another edition of Behind Enemy Lines.   CLEVELAND BROWNS Austin due for a big year? The Browns did a lot right during the offseason, Johnny Manziel included. Despite the media circus and speculation frenzy, the offense as a whole appears to be headed in the right direction. One key piece of that fluid offensive game plan looks to be former Cowboy receiver Miles Austin. Austin has apparently showed big...

CAMP NOTES: Smith & Smith Cross Examine Defense

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The offense took the field intent on sharpening their skills in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s new system. It is easy to see that the Kubiak offense certainly is tight end friendly. Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels and Crockett Gillmore were used early and often during practice on Monday night. All three exhibited their pass catching skills along with their blocking ability during pass rush drills. Gillmore seemingly picked up where he left off on Sunday looking the part of a true run blocker. The Ravens running backs enjoyed a nice evening...

CAMP NOTES: McPhee Shines While Jackson Makes a Move

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On Monday evening, the Ravens took to the field at M&T Bank Stadium for their first of three open practices of training camp. Over 28,000 Ravens fans got their first look at the 90 players hoping to make the final cut prior to the season kicking off in September. In an even practice between the offense and defense several players stood out including another solid day for Pernell McPhee. The 6-3, 280 pound McPhee once again found himself in the Ravens offensive backfield on multiple occasions. Quick off the snap,...