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Ravens search for some depth, Redskins look for QB leadership in PS3…

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon, right, pushes former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams away during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) RB Justin Forsett wears Cary Williams’ old number for the Ravens today… The timing of this clash in the all-important Preseason Game 3 is rather interesting—...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ravens injuries galore—pass the backup Buck to Allen…

When it rains it pours—in Baltimore, anyway. Second-year running back Lorenzo Taliaferro suffered an MCL sprain in Saturday’s preseason game to the Eagles, which will keep him out a few weeks, head coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “I don’t have the degree on it yet, but it’s going to be a few weeks for Lorenzo,” Harbaugh said. I read 4 to 6 weeks into that, but I could...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens looked weak in 40-17 loss to Eagles…

I know it’s just the second game of the preseason, but something was missing for the Ravens Saturday night, and I don’t mean just their top draft pick receiver, half of their offensive line, and a pass rush of any consequence. They played flat as a group. No individual gaffe stands out. There is nothing to write about, really. The Ravens were so sluggish and the game was so slow...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens defense on a mission to limit Eagles offense in PS2…

It should be a whale of a first quarter Saturday night in Philly. Eagles QB Sam Bradford is scheduled to make his starting debut under live bullets conditions. He will have a lot of offensive firepower at his disposal, but the Ravens defense will put its first unit to the test, and are likely to give the Eagles offense a much stiffer resistance than the Indy Colts gave the Eagles...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Darren Waller had a huge day for Ravens vs. Eagles in practice…

Darren Waller, the 6th round pick of the Ravens at WR, 6-6, 245, out of Georgia Tech, may have just had the most impressive preseason practice ever. He in fact may have just made the Ravens final 53-man roster based upon two things— the lingering injury to Breshad Perriman’s knee (sprained PCL?), and Waller’s own outstanding performance in the Red Zone drills against the...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Campanaro shines for Ravens against Eagles in first day of joint practice..

If Ravens fans were worried about Michael Campanaro’s leg strength, they can worry no more. Campanaro put on an athletic show yesterday at wideout and slot receiver working on Eagles corners and linebackers in the Ravens-Eagles joint practice session in Philly. The preseason game is going to be played on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. EST. Campanaro looked solid and he continually...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Why it matters to Ravens that Chip Kelly and the Eagles want to practice against them…

It’s actually a feather in John Harbaugh’s cap that Chip Kelly and the Eagles reached out to him for a joint practice with the Eagles this week. I say that because Bill Belichick is Chip Kelly’s real-life mentor. Even the Chippah knows that John Harbaugh is a great coach—and with a built-in Eagles pedigree after Harbs served a solid 10 years as an assistant under Ray Rhodes...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens Enter Preseason Looking To Earn Postseason Berth For Seventh Time In Eight Years

Perennial playoff contenders, the Baltimore Ravens know exactly how to handle a preseason schedule, starting position battles and rookie competition. The Ravens have reached the postseason in six of the last seven seasons, including a Super Bowl victory in 2012. But after losing wide receiver Torrey Smith, and current leading receiver Steve Smith Sr. announcing this season will be...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens 30, Saints 27… a cohesive showing moreso for Ravens…

Drew Brees did not play—Joe Flacco did, for about a quarter— that may tell the reason in the end why the Baltimore Ravens won the game. But the Ravens got so many good vibes from playing their backups and their rookies for virtually 75 percent of the game, it may not have mattered if they might have lost the game. Joe Flacco and backup quarterback Matt Schaub directed first...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Expect a lot of vanilla as Ravens host Saints in PS1…

I don’t expect the first-team Ravens guys to play much, if at all, on Thursday night against the Saints. Same goes for the Saints’ big playmakers, like Mark Ingram…save ’em for the games that count seems to be the new mantra around the league. Baltimore fans are excited to have football back in town when the Ravens play the Saints under the lights on Thursday night. But...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Brent Urban out with injury, and Ravens suddenly look thin at defensive end…

Brent Urban, 6-7, 295, defensive end drafted by the Ravens in the 4th round in 2014 out of Virginia. People tend to forget how good a football player and defensive force Brent Urban was back at Virginia— that’s because constant injuries ever since have kept him sidelined with the Ravens. Urban tore his biceps in practice last week—a very difficult injury— and most probably...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens a little banged up as first preseason game looms…

It’s been a rough camp so far. The Ravens have been doing their full-pads full contact drills the last few practices and it gets ugly out there. John Harbaugh’s “phase two” practices (when the hitting starts) have always been physical, but this summer they seem even tougher than before. The Ravens will open the preseason against the New Orleans Saints next Thursday at...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens draw 22,000 fans to Stadium open practice…

There can be no doubt that Baltimore fans are hungry for Ravens football when 22,000 of them showed up for a weekday practice under the lights at M&T Bank Stadium. Maybe the only real letdown was 1st Round draft pick Breshad Perriman’s inability to practice at the stadium event due to a lingering knee bruise. Most fans at the event were hoping to get a glimpse of the speedster...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Elam’s career probably done with the Ravens…

This is one of those Training Camp reports you dread. A young player in a make-or-break season gets broken before the lights even go on. Matt Elam, 5-10, 208, the third-year safety, injured his biceps during Saturday’s training camp practice, which could potentially end his season and put him in line for a lengthy recovery. It was bad—and extremely painful. Elam underwent...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens 2015 Training Camp is in full bloom…

You probably couldn’t train in any worse weather for football than what the Baltimore heat and humidity gave to Ravens players in the first week of full-team camp. Maybe the discomfort is a good thing in the long run. But don’t tell that to cornerback Lardarius Webb—he failed his   conditioning test. I bet the soup-like conditions of Crabtown’s atmosphere had something...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

QB’s and Rookies report to Ravens Camp as Terrence Brooks goes to PUP list…

Terrence Brooks, the young safety with so much potential, will start the season on the Ravens’ PUP list along with Dennis Pitta. A bittersweet beginning to 2015 Ravens Training Camp as rookies and quarterbacks reported for their physicals and their conditioning tests this past Sunday—young safety Terrence Brooks and veteran TE Dennis Pitta were placed on the “Physically...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens fans react to Dennis Pitta’s probable PUP list fate…

TE Dennis Pitta, age 30, 6-4, 245, drafted in the 4th round in 2010 out of BYU… You couldn’t ask to meet a nicer guy than Dennis Pitta. He should be entering the 6th year of his career as a receiving TE in his physical prime. But coming back from his second hip fracture in the previous two years is going to be problematic. Pitta meant a lot to Joe Flacco’s offense in the Super...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Reggie Wayne a Raven? I don’t think so….

Reggie Wayne might have been a good idea as a receiver for the Ravens about three years ago— but not now. My guess is his agent has put out a rumor claiming that the Ravens and the Patriots are interested in signing his client. I was ready to put out a short essay on why the Ravens should avoid Reggie Wayne, but Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com beat me to the punch: “Team officials...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview of Ravens depth chart going into 2015 Training Camp…

News is pretty thin right now as Ravens fans wait about two more weeks for training camp activities to open. If you look around the daily newspapers and the approximately 30 various Ravens fan blogs, you may find yourself chuckling at some of the stretch angles as writers cope with the deadest part of the pro football season. My favorite one (author shall be unmentioned) was the...
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July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens sign the best punter in the NFL…and place 7 players in the Top 100 if you count Haloti…

Sam Koch (pronounced “COOK”) is the best punter in the NFL.  He has played for the Ravens, and the team wanted to make sure he continues playing for the Ravens. Sam Koch, 6-1, 220, drafted in the 6th round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Nebraska… The Ravens and punter Sam Koch have reached a verbal agreement on a contract extension. The deal is a five-year, $18.75 million...
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July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Williams is the best Ravens defensive tackle you never heard of…

One of the nicer consequences of the Ravens’ trade of their veteran all-star defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Detroit Lions this offseason is that fans will get to appreciate Brandon Williams a whole lot more. Williams is really good. He anchored the defensive line rotation last season. He was so stout in the middle that other DT’s and DE’s could free-lance a bit in their...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

The tough questions for Ravens during summer vacation…

A few more weeks of vacay for the Ravens players and coaches—then the hard questions must be asked and a plan put in place. Hardcore Ravens fan Dom McRaven responded to an “NFL Live” segment on ESPN in which the panelists talked about who would win the AFC North. Jim Trotter chose the Bengals, while Tim Hasselbeck and Mark Brunell chose the Steelers. Stephen A. (host of...
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July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Ten cornerbacks will compete for 5, maybe 6 spots on Ravens final roster…

Jimmy Smith Lardarius Webb Asa Jackson Rashaan Melvin Kyle Arrington Chris Greenwood Tramain Jacobs Cassius Vaughn Tray Walker Garrett Downing over at BaltimoreRavens.com has a nice series going on positional roster competition for the Ravens coming up in 2015 training camp. In a recent look at the cornerback candidates, Downing broke down the list of competitors—some...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens Fall In Top-10 For Most Travel Miles For 2015 NFL Season

The Baltimore Ravens are heading into training camp with the same head coach and quarterback that they’ve had since 2008, as John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco will look to add to their already-stellar resumes. After a deflating loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round, the Ravens are gearing up to go one step further, but will have an additional hurdle to overcome...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Flacco elevates “Meh” to an art form expression as QB of the Ravens…

To those Flacco critics who say Joe needs to be more “Gung Ho” as a vocal leader for the Ravens— I say “Meh”. And that’s exactly what Joe would say. Third and long? Flacco says “Meh”… Get sacked by two guys from both sides after a double-team on your left tackle? Joe says “Meh”… 4th and goal at the 3-yard line? Joe says “Meh… been there, done that…”...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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