Four Ravens in final contract year who must be extended…

Courtney Upshaw, OLB, 6-2, 272, Alabama, 4th year… Justin Tucker, K, 6-0, 189, Texas, 4th year… Marshal Yanda, G, 6-3, 305, Iowa, 9th year… Kelichi Osemele, G, 6-5, 330, Iowa State, 4th year… The Ravens have about two months left to negotiate extended contracts for some very important pieces of their 2015 roster— or risk losing them as free agents in 2016. Those...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens Draft Selection Grades

The Baltimore Ravens used nine of their ten draft picks over the weekend. They went into the draft with holes at wide receiver, tight end, running back, and needing to add depth throughout their defense. View image | Pick 26: WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida 2014 College stats: 50 Rec/ 1,044 Rec yds/ 9 TD/ 20.5 Yd/Rec Perriman is a freak at wide...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Rob Gronkowski is actually writing a real book

Listen, Rob Gronkowski is really good at football. So who cares if he can’t read a book, right? I mean, especially if he can just write his own. A few months ago, Gronk told Jimmy Kimmel that the last book he read was To Kill a Mockingbird. “I haven’t read a book since ninth grade, when they made me — you know, you don’t raise your hand, but they call on you?” Today...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Will the Baltimore Ravens let Kelechi Osemele walk in 2016?

Two seasons ago, the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line was a complete mess. Its star player Marshal Yanda, who’s approaching free agency next year, was battling injuries all season long. Kelechi Osemele, a fresh new face that had a brilliant rookie season in 2012, was sidelined with a back injury after seven games. Michael Oher, Gino Gradkowski and A.Q. Shipley all flopped as...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

PFF: Marshal Yanda nearly twice as good as second-best OG in NFL

So, there’s little doubt that the 2014 Ravens’ offensive line has been lightyears better than last year’s product.  This has been in large part thanks to the stellar play of the Ravens’ guards, and the addition of Jeremy Zuttah. However, if there is one player who has stood out above the rest, it is right guard Marshal Yanda.  I mean, just take a look at this table from...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Into the great wide open for Ravens at Cincy…

This is a watershed game for the Ravens— they can go into Cincinnati and beat the Bengals, and take charge of the AFC North. The omens are looking good for the Ravens— their offense is clicking well for Gary Kubiak’s game plan despite the temporary loss of LT Eugene Monroe and LG Kelechi Osemele, and Dean Pees’ defensive alignment is flying to the ball. You don’t get...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens make G Osemele inactive vs Falcons

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have placed guard Kelechi Osemele on their inactive list for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Osemele missed last week's game against Tampa Bay with a knee injury, as did tackle Eugene Monroe. To fill the void, coach John Harbaugh has inserted rookies James Hurst and John Urschel on the starting offensive line. Also on Baltimore's inactive...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta at Baltimore: Five Things to Know

The numbers 3 and 18.Those two numbers will forever be linked between the Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens. In 2008, those two numbers – first round draft picks – changed these two franchises.The Falcons used the third overall pick to take Matt Ryan. The Ravens moved all around the draft board before it snagged Joe Flacco. The results we all know about. Flacco has won...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Injury Notes: Bills, Chargers, Giants, Ravens, Saints, & Titans

  Bills RB Fred Jackson mentioned that he sustained an ankle sprain, but expects to be fine. (Mike Rodak) Chargers RB Donald Brown left Sunday’s game with a concussion. Giants RB Rashad Jennings said that he think’s he’ll be okay after suffering a knee injury, but he’ll undergo an MRI tomorrow. (Ebenezer Samuel) Ravens OL Kelechi Osemele suffered a “minor” right...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

PFF: Osemele and Suggs dominated Sunday, Daryl Smith, not so much

While all eyes are on the Baltimore Ravens organization in the sports world (and for the wrong reasons), the team is tasked with preparing for their next game, against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, on just three-day turnaround. Pro Football Focus released their weekly grades of each game, and the Ravens turned out some very interesting, and telling, numbers.  See below: Baltimore...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

7 receivers, 4 corners on Ravens' 53-man roster

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Ravens kept seven wide receivers and just four cornerbacks on their 53-man roster that was set Saturday. However roster questions remain for a team that missed the playoffs last season for the first time in coach John Harbaugh's six-year tenure. The Ravens got down to the 53-player limit by the 4 p.m. deadline by releasing 13 players, moving two to the...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Kelechi Osemele is the “key” to Ravens’ improved O-Line play…

Maybe the best news of all for the Ravens offense coming out of OTA’s is the 100% recovery of 3rd-year guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele from back surgery. Osemele is a major component in the Ravens offensive scheme because without his superior athleticism on the line (or if he is playing hurt), the running game suffers and Joe Flacco tends to get battered in the pocket. Osemele is...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Grades Are In: Ozzie & Co’s offseason O-line get…

Now that we are more than a week out of the draft and the undrafted free agents have signed, we have a pretty good look at the possible roster combinations.  For the talent that was added with the team’s nine picks, the draft grades were ranging anywhere from the C-range to the A-range, and this is mostly due to analysts’ personal opinions about the best player available strategy...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens Nation, meet Jeremy Zuttah

At the beginning of the offseason, Ravens General Manager, Ozzie Newsome, made it clear that one of his top priorities was to get bigger and faster on the interior offensive line.  Sunday afternoon, he accomplished both of those goals.  But first, let’s give some context. After Kelechi Osemele was placed on IR in the middle of the season, Gino Gradkowski and A.Q. Shipley were...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens acquire offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah

The Baltimore Ravens have traded a pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah. After the Ravens struggled last season, General Manager Ozzie Newsome has made it a priority to focus on the offensive line. The Ravens re-signed left tackle Eugene Monroe and are hoping for a full recovery from left guard Kelechi Osemele after undergoing...
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens seeking a certain brand of big – optimizing the zone scheme

During the Ravens’ Super Bowl winning 2012 season, much of their late success was thanks to the sudden cohesion of their offensive line. The combination of McKinnie, Osemele, Birk, Yanda and Oher – from left to right – proved to be the most effective of any all year, working in unison to provide Joe Flacco the time he needed for his historic postseason run. That late season...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Biggest disappointment this season?

The biggest disappointment for the 2013 campaign is pretty simple. Ray Rice. Now by no means do I think he is awful and deserves all of any kind of blame, but when it comes down to it, Ray Rice was disappointing. Is it Rice’s fault that center Matt Birk retired? Or that Kelechi Osemele would go down with a season-ending back surgery? Is it his fault that Bryant McKinnie was a bust...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens offseason priorities

Heading into the off-season, the Ravens have some work to do coming off an 8-8 season. Not a major overhaul by any stretch of the imagination but just a few pieces here and there to try and tidy up this roster. Here are five pieces of the puzzle that should be addressed. 1. Do not resign Michael Oher There just needs to be change on that offensive line. It could start with not resigning...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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