Camp Notes: July 27

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Down Goes Dennis The injury bug has bitten the Ravens early, and it hurts. Tight end Dennis Pitta has a dislocated hip and will miss the September 5th season opener versus the Denver Broncos according to head coach John Harbaugh following Saturday’s practice. Click to read more about Pitta’s injury Fists Start Flying – Juan Castillo is the referee Today was the first day of full contact at practice and tempers flared. The first scuffle of the day came between center A.Q. Shipley versus linebacker Albert McClellan. After a few...

EMBRACE THE GRIND: The Ravens Prepare to Defend Their Title

Embrace the grind
Winning a championship in any sport on any level isn’t easy. It’s the byproduct of hard work, preparation, determination, perseverance and talent. And in the NFL it’s also about being at the right place at the right time. In 2012 it could be argued that the Baltimore Ravens weren’t the league’s most talented team. Many have said that the 2011 squad was better than the most recent Super Bowl Champions. But last year’s team, like many champions before them, caught fire at just the right time and rode the wave...

Time for less Suggs, more Upshaw and Kruger?

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Given that he’s the reigning Defensive Player of the Year – at least until Von Miller, J.J. Watt or Geno Atkins is crowned this postseason – I’m sure what I’m about to say won’t be well received by everyone. However as we head towards the postseason and the Ravens try to position themselves for a run at the Lombardi Trophy, one thing is becoming glaringly obvious with each passing week: Terrell Suggs isn’t effective in his current role. Now, let’s put that into context. This is a guy who has...

Ravens need to make a statement in Cleveland

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After a much needed bye week, the Ravens are back in action at the Castle and ready to enter the “Dawg Pound”. After a Week 7 embarrassment against Houston, Ravens Nation has been champing at the bit to get ready to watch real Ravens football again. Week 4 against the Browns was anything but pretty. The once vaunted Baltimore defense let Brandon Weeden tear them to shreds as they surrendered 320 yards through the air and just barely squeaked by with a 23-16 victory. The Ravens could have very easily...

Terrell Suggs not surprised by his comeback

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It seems that the only person not surprised that Terrell Suggs played 44 snaps against the Houston Texans was indeed, Terrell Suggs. Defying common medical knowledge, Suggs returned from a torn Achilles tendon a mere five months removed from surgery. His return made headlines across the country – and not just on sports pages – as his quick recovery has been so uncommon. Yesterday, Suggs ran around the Ravens locker room, clowning around as usual. However, when it comes to answering questions about his health and the current state of...

Bye week comes at a perfect time for ailing Ravens

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For the Baltimore Ravens to be 5-2 in their current state, they should consider themselves incredibly lucky. The Ravens have been decimated with injuries this season, losing Terrell Suggs for the first six games, Lardarius Webb and most likely Ray Lewis for the season, in addition to an MCL injury to Haloti Ngata, and a labrum tear to Ed Reed. That’s an injury to the Ravens’ best pass rusher, corner, linebacker, defensive lineman, and safety all coming in within a matter of two weeks (with the exception of Suggs). While...

Report: Suggs Targeting And Expecting To Play Sunday

Suggs Arms Open
This morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Terrell Suggs is targeting and is expecting to make a comeback from his Achillies injury on Sunday versus the Houston Texans. Conflicting reports have surfaced in regards to when Suggs would make his return but few saw this coming, especially from such a reliable and credible source like Schefter. Yesterday, Suggs stepped foot onto an NFL practice field for the first time this season and  speculation was that he’d return sometime after the Ravens bye week. During his first on-field appearance in...

Clock could be winding down for Kindle

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While most of Baltimore anticipates the return of Terrell Suggs sometime after the bye week, linebacker Sergio Kindle is probably the least excited. Kindle was on the bubble when the Ravens solidified their 53-man roster at the conclusion of training camp and hasn’t shown coaches enough to increase his playing time. During the Ravens’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Kindle was activated and recorded his first and only career tackle. Linebacker Paul Kruger sat out the game to nurse a back injury, which prompted Kindle’s playing time. Kindle has been...

Suggs on comeback trail, but is it too soon?

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It’s no secret that the loss of the reigning Defensive Player of the Year has hurt the Ravens so far this season, but will his return immediately boost the struggling pass rush? Terrell Suggs went down this offseason with a torn Achilles tendon. Initial reports were that we wouldn’t see him back on the field in 2012 until the playoffs, if at all. Fortunately for Ravens fans, Suggs has recovered faster than most have anticipated. The two target return dates are week seven against the Houston Texans and week nine...

Desperately Seeking Suggs

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Ravens pass rush doesn’t pass If you were asked, “Where do the Ravens need the most help?” chances are your response would be, “Rushing the passer.” Currently the Ravens are the 29th ranked defense against the pass despite playing 3 of their 4 games at home. Teams have dropped back 171 times against the Ravens yet the team has produced only 9 sacks, good for 14th in the league. The 162 attempts against Dean Pees’ unit is the fourth highest total in the NFL. Making the Ravens pass rush seem even more...